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Mind Chaser’s Collection of Big Tech Spying Articles

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 20:14

The folks at Mind Chasers put together a constantly-updating list of Big Tech companies that spy on you, with examples.

Below is a listing of articles documenting various spying incidents, capabilities, and vulnerabilities that you may not already know. Maybe it will help drive home that our society has a big problem and make you think twice before you order your next connected device that’s built to spy on you.

This is a great resource to bookmark.

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Fake AT&T 5G E Could Be Slower Than 4G

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 19:45

A new study from OpenSignal claims that AT&T’s fake 5G E network could in fact be slower than existing 4G networks.

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Apple’s Newest Surprise is Occasionally Settling for Second Best

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 19:44

In a few key, non-iPhone areas, Apple has managed to surprise us with a new theme. Settling for second best.

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Sans Forgetica: The Font That Helps You Remember!

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 19:42

Dr. Mac has started using an unusual font that, according to researchers, can help you remember more. Read all about it in Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves Episode #323: Sans Forgetica: The Font That Helps You Remember!

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We Finally Have a Super Mario Party Update

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 19:31

Nintendo finally released a Super Mario Party update. It’s not a major update but it fixes an annoyance some players had with Online Mariothon.

Fixed an issue with Online Mariothon in which ranking data was not displaying properly.

  1. Connect the Nintendo Switch console to the Internet.
  2. Return to the HOME Menu and launch the game.
  3. The update will be downloaded and installed automatically.
  4. Once the update is installed, the newest version number will be displayed on the title screen.

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Wireless PowerBeats Could Arrive in April

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 19:24

New speculation suggests we might see wireless PowerBeats next month. These would be true wireless without a connecting cord (via CNET). [AirPods 2 Released With Wireless Charging, Hey Siri] Wireless PowerBeats CNET says this source is close to Apple retail and has previously given credible information. This is similar to what Apple did in 2016.…

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PDF Converter OCR 6 for Mac Lifetime License: $15

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 19:05

We have a deal on  PDF Converter OCR 6 for Mac. This software allows you to make PDFs editable and searchable, while retaining the original layout, graphics, and hyperlinks. You can also scan 27 languages, merge multiple documents, and more. Our friends at Stack Commerce brought the price down on this app, too, and it’s now $15 for a lifetime license.

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Kickstarter Claps Back Against Unionization Attempts

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 18:59

On Tuesday, a bunch of Kickstarter employees went public with their efforts to unionize under the name Kickstarter United. But senior employees are fighting.

We believe this effort to unionize is the result of consistent issues with internal communications. We hope well-intentioned, good faith dialogue with executives and a specific list of issues from unsatisfied coworkers can get us to a better place. We want to give this a try before resorting to something as extreme as a union.

The statement is from an internal memo circulated among the company, and lists various reasons against the union.

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NYT vs Apple News, Apple’s 30 Percent – TMO Daily Observations 2019-03-22

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 18:38

Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to chat about the lack of NYT in Apple News and Apple’s share of app transactions.

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Apple Music Browse Tab Redesigned

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 18:36

A redesign of the Apple Music Browse section is rolling out. You’ll see more content up front so you won’t have to tap as much.

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Air Power Could be Here by the End of March

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 17:59

Air Power, Apple’s much speculated upon charging mat, could be with us by the end of March 2019. That is according to a report in DigitTimes. As MacRumors pointed out, the publication has a mixed record on predicting Apple releases. However, it does feel like a launch is getting nearer. There was even an updated picture of the product hidden in the new Air Pods page.

The report cites unnamed “industry sources” within Apple’s supply chain: ‘Lite-On Semiconductor, a maker of discrete and analog IC components, is expected to see its second-quarter revenues register a double-digit sequential growth as it will soon kick off volume shipments of GPP (glass passivated package) bridge rectifiers needed for Apple’s wireless charger AirPower, according to industry sources. The sources said that Apple’s AirPower wireless charger for iPhones, Apple Watch and AirPods is set to be officially launched in late March, which will significantly drive up Lite-On’s revenues for the second quarter of 2019.’ There are 10 days remaining in March including today.

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Apple has Decided all iMacs are Pro-Devices

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 17:26

With their latest pricing and tech specs, Apple has declared that the iMac, of all types, is now a pro device.

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Apple Music Live Announced for Italy

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 16:00

It may not be a rebirth of iTunes Music Festival, but Apple has announced a live concert series to be held in Italy called Apple Music Live.

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Vox to be Part of Apple’s News Subscription Service

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 14:27

Explainer site Vox will join the Wall Street Journal on Apple’s premium news service, set to be unveiled next week.

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Watch Apple’s ‘It’s Show Time’ Event Live On Twitter, Online, and Apple TV

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 14:07

Apple is again broadcasting its event live on Twitter, as well as on its own website and the updated Apple TV Events app.

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New York Times CEO Explains Apple News Decision

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 13:29

Mark Thompson, president and CEO of The New York Times, explained in an interview his decision not to join the Apple News subscription.

We tend to be quite leery about the idea of almost habituating people to find our journalism somewhere else. We’re also generically worried about our journalism being scrambled in a kind of Magimix (blender) with everyone else’s journalism.

So far Apple hasn’t been able to convince either The New York Times or Washington Post. However, it sounds like the Wall Street Journal will be a player.

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Apple Wants to Sell Other’s Subscriptions, Not Launch a Netflix Competitor. For Now.

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 12:49

Apple will not be launching a Netflix competitor on Monday. That is according to Re/Code’s Peter Kafka. He reported that instead, the company will be looking to increase service revenue by helping others sell their streaming subscriptions. He also noted that Apple doesn’t have the back catalogue of content that the likes of Hulu, Netflix, Disney can offer.

One thing Apple won’t do is unveil a serious competitor to Netflix, Hulu, Disney, or any other entertainment giant trying to sell streaming video subscriptions to consumers. Instead, Apple’s main focus — at least for now — will be helping other people sell streaming video subscriptions and taking a cut of the transaction. Apple may also sell its own shows, at least as part of a bundle of other services. But for now, Apple’s original shows and movies should be considered very expensive giveaways, not the core product.

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Time For Apple to Revisit Its Slice

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 12:26

M.G. Siegler’s views on Apple are always worth reading. As we wait for the ‘It’s Show Time’ event on Monday, he looked at one of the most pressing issues the company is having to tackle – the cut it takes of purchases made through its platforms. He said that while it will add complexity, things like the 30% App Store cut need revisiting.

The 30% cut is under assault from multiple angles. Spotify is the most high-profile example — antitrust complaints tend to do that — but it was hardly the first or the only grievance in this regard. Multiple businesses across multiple sectors are now vocally complaining about such a cut — and some, from small developers, to the biggest of the behemoths like Amazon and Netflix, are balking at coughing up such a bounty to Apple. Meanwhile digital stores from other companies are revisiting their own cuts. Competition is doing its job.

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Google Stadia and Apple AR Gaming, Good Data Collection, with Andrew Orr – ACM 506

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 22:44

Google Stadia looks likely to shake up the gaming world, but there’s more than one way to skin a gaming cat, and Apple is focused on AR. Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest cohost Andrew Orr to discuss how those different tracts might fare. They also talk about the good sides of corporate data surveillance, and yes, they will both forgive you if you are surprised either would entertain such a notion.

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The Least Secure Programming Languages

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 22:32

The design, structure and syntax of a programming language can lead the average programmer into a minefield of unsuspected programming errors. Those errors lead to vulnerabilities.

But which languages are the most and least secure in the end?

To answer this question, the report compiled information from WhiteSource’s database, which aggregates information on open source vulnerabilities from sources including the National Vulnerability Database (NVD), security advisories, GitHub issue trackers, and popular open source projects issue trackers.

This TechRepublic article presents the list.

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