Microsoft’s mystery update arouses anger, suspicion among Windows 10 users

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Microsoft’s update servers are pushing out a new Photos Add-on app, with no explanation of what it does. Windows 10 users aren’t taking it well.

Source: Microsoft’s mystery update arouses anger, suspicion among Windows 10 users | ZDNet

Rejecting Sonos’ private data slurp basically bricks bloke’s boombox

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El Reg comes to the rescue of reader unable to control gear from smartphone

Source: Rejecting Sonos’ private data slurp basically bricks bloke’s boombox • The Register

Dumb bug of the week: Outlook staples your encrypted emails to, er, plaintext copies when sending messages

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You’re formatting messages the wrong way

Source: Dumb bug of the week: Outlook staples your encrypted emails to, er, plaintext copies when sending messages • The Register

Google accidentally broke the internet throughout Japan

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Last week, nearly half of Japan briefly lost access to the internet because of an error made by Google. The mistake was noticed and corrected within just a few minutes, but its effects led to hours of slowed internet connections. The impact was so large that Japan’s Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry initiated an investigation into the issue.

Source: Google accidentally broke the internet throughout Japan

HP pushes third-party ink blocking printer firmware update (again)

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Hewlett Packard (HP) released a new firmware for the company’s Officejet printers that appears to block third-party ink from functioning correctly.

Source: HP pushes third-party ink blocking printer firmware update (again) – gHacks Tech News

Hotspot Shield VPN throws your privacy in the fire, injects ads, JS into browsers – claim

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CDT tries to set fed trade watchdog on internet biz

Source: Hotspot Shield VPN throws your privacy in the fire, injects ads, JS into browsers – claim • The Register

Nintendo faces lawsuit over the Switch’s detachable controllers

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The Nintendo Switch certainly isn’t the first gaming tablet, but is it directly riffing on others’ ideas? Gamevice thinks so. The accessory maker is suing Nintendo for allegedly violating a patent for concepts used in the Wikipad, its gaming-oriented Android slate, as well as its namesake add-on controllers for phones and tablets. According to the suit, the Switch and its removable Joy-Con controllers are too close to Gamevice’s vision of a combination of detachable game controller and a device with a “flexible bridge section.” Not surprisingly, the lawsuit calls for both damages and a ban on Switch sales.

Source: Nintendo faces lawsuit over the Switch’s detachable controllers

275,000 Glittery iPhone cases recalled for causing skin irritation and chemical burns

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Owners of glittery iPhones may want to exercise caution around these products. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a worldwide recall of about 275,000 liquid […]

Source: 275,000 Glittery iPhone cases recalled for causing skin irritation and chemical burns – NaturalNews.com

Bank runs in Hong Kong following introduction of facial recognition withdrawals in Macau

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The development comes as Macau seeks to crack down on capital outflows from mainland China through facial recognition at ATMs

Source: Bank runs in Hong Kong following introduction of facial recognition withdrawals in Macau

YouTube’s ‘extremist-tackling’ technology misses mark by removing wrong content

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RTAugust 13, 2017YouTube and parent company Google’s efforts to crack down on extremist content has resulted in embarrassment after its technology targeted

Source: YouTube’s ‘extremist-tackling’ technology misses mark by removing wrong content

Equifax had ‘admin’ as login and password in Argentina

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Credit report firm is accused of using “admin” as a login and password for its Argentine business.

Source: Equifax had ‘admin’ as login and password in Argentina – BBC News

Equifax’s Failure to Patch Enabled Massive Hack

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Last week, a massive hack of the credit bureau Equifax stole critical personally identifiable information (PII) on 143 million US citizens. The company’s response to the incident has been strongly criticized, and now we know the incompetence isn’t limited to the customer-facing sections of the company. The flaws that allowed hackers to penetrate Equifax and steal its customer data were patched several months ago.

Source: Equifax’s Failure to Patch Enabled Massive Hack – ExtremeTech

UK Samsung TVs bricked after firmware update

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Remember the days when you could unbox your new TV, turn it on, and just watch it? Clearly that time is long in the rearview, thanks to everything needing to be “smart” and requiring loads of updates right out of the box these days. In the UK, customers have inundated The Guardian with word that their new displays, some bought as recently as a week ago, have been bricked by a firmware update.

Source: UK Samsung TVs bricked after firmware update (updated)

Apple’s new iPhone X is £250 more expensive in UK than US

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All three new Apple smartphones revealed at the Steve Jobs Theatre in Cupertino yesterday have pound-for-dollar prices, meaning UK customers will be forced to pay more than people in the US.

Source: Apple’s new iPhone X is £250 more expensive in UK than US  | Daily Mail Online

China largely blocks WhatsApp’s text message workaround

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WhatsApp’s existence in China has been hanging by a thread ever since its government blocked users from sending photos and videos in July. Now, it appears that the app no longer works in the country at all. According to Symbolic Software, a Paris-based research firm monitoring WhatsApp’s situation in China, the nation has squashed its ability to send text-based messages within its borders. Some people might still be able to use it — for now, that is — but the country’s blocking efforts that began last week have reached most people by Monday.

Source: China largely blocks WhatsApp’s text message workaround

Amazon’s Whole Foods Market Suffers Credit Card Breach In Some Stores

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Another day, another data breach. This time Amazon-owned grocery chain has fallen victim to a credit card security breach.Whole Foods Market—acquired by Amazon for $13.7 billion in late August—disclosed Thursday that hackers were able to gain unauthorized access to credit card information for its customers who made purchases at certain venues like taprooms and full table-service restaurants located within some stores.

Source: Amazon’s Whole Foods Market Suffers Credit Card Breach In Some Stores

Internet Explorer bug leaks whatever you type in the address bar

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All your private addresses and search queries are belong to us.

Source: Internet Explorer bug leaks whatever you type in the address bar | Ars Technica

CCleaner Infection More Severe Than Thought, Targeted Microsoft, Google, Samsung

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Earlier this week, we reported on news that the popular system maintenance app CCleaner had been infected by malware for nearly a month. We now know the attack was worse than initially thought. The CCleaner malware could be used to deliver a second-stage payload that would run on local systems and perform various tasks. This isn’t an unusual malware feature, but researchers didn’t think the capability had been used in this case. We now know that it was, and that some of the internet’s biggest players were targeted.

 

Source: CCleaner Infection More Severe Than Thought, Targeted Microsoft, Google, Samsung – ExtremeTech

Skype is broken on Apple’s newest iPhones, but a fix is coming

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Microsoft says the update fixing the issue causing Skype to crash on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is now available from the Apple App Store. You can get it from here. The update with the fix for the issue preventing Skype from working on iPhone 8 devices is now available in the App […]

Source: Skype is broken on Apple’s newest iPhones, but a fix is coming (updated) – MSPoweruser

Apple Confirms Reports of iPhone 8s Splitting Open While Charging

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The iPhone 8 has been out for barely a week, but we’re already seeing a pair of odd reports about the device, in two cases–one in Japan, and one in Taiwan. In one case, the user was charging the phone when she reports it suddenly snapped apart. In the other, a woman in Japan received her new phone, only to discover it had separated in transit. Both devices appear to be iPhone 8 Plusses, and both snapped apart in similiar places, although the Japanese device may have had some separation on both sides. The Japanese phone is shown in the feature image above, while the Chinese phone is below:

Source: Apple Confirms Reports of iPhone 8s Splitting Open While Charging – ExtremeTech

HPE server firmware update permanently bricks network adapters

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Do not install July Service Pack for ProLiant on ESXi unless you want free replacements

Source: HPE server firmware update permanently bricks network adapters • The Register

Dumb bug of the week: Apple’s #macOS reveals your encrypted drive’s password in the hint box

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High Sierra update derided by devs as half-baked

Source: Dumb bug of the week: Apple’s macOS reveals your encrypted drive’s password in the hint box • The Register

#Uber ‘s app lets the firm record your iPhone’s screen

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Uber says that access to sensitive data on iPhones was granted to the San Francisco based firm to let them develop a previous version of their app designed to function on the Apple Watch.

Source: Uber’s app lets the firm record your iPhone’s screen | Daily Mail Online

PlayStation Plus price rises significantly as Sony makes it more expensive to play online

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It’s about to get a lot more expensive to play PlayStation online. Sony has announced that it will increase the price of its Plus membership – required to play the console over the internet – significantly next month. And the price rise will happen automatically unless people go through a complicated process to cancel it.

Source: PlayStation Plus price rises significantly as Sony makes it more expensive to play online | The Independent

TECH EXPERTS: #Sex #Robots Could Be Hacked And Programmed To MURDER YOU

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As manufacturers try to create realistic looking and functioning sex robots, tech experts warn that these robots that are designed to create mind-blowing experiences may, in fact, blow your head off – literally.

Source: TECH EXPERTS: Sex Robots Could Be Hacked And Programmed To MURDER YOU | Daily Wire

#Uber vows to leave #Quebec over tougher #regulations

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Uber appears to be making its second big exit in as many weeks. The ridesharing company intends to shut down operations in the Canadian province of Quebec if stricter rules are implemented for the October 14th renewal of a pilot project that lets Uber run in the region. Quebec wants drivers to go through the same 35 hours of training as a conventional taxi driver, get background checks from police (not private companies as they do today) and go through vehicle inspections once every year. Uber had already threatened to leave if it was regulated like taxis, so it’s clearly willing to follow through on this promise.

Source: Uber vows to leave Quebec over tougher regulations

Report: Andy Rubin’s Essential Has Only Shipped 5,000 Phones

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Android co-founder Andy Rubin has is trying to get back into smartphones with his startup, known as Essential. The company made waves with the announcement of its nearly bezel-free smartphone earlier this year, but a new report suggests this experiment may be a flop. According to third-party data, Essential may have only sold 5,000 Essential Phones since launch.

Source: Report: Andy Rubin’s Essential Has Only Shipped 5,000 Phones – ExtremeTech

465,000 Patients Need Software Updates for Their Hackable Pacemakers, FDA Says

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A painful reminder that a future where the internet is in every device—even the most critical one—can be disastrous.

Source: 465,000 Patients Need Software Updates for Their Hackable Pacemakers, FDA Says – Motherboard

Sharp is ready to sell 8K consumer TVs now that we all have 4K

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While other electronics companies are just getting to consumer 4K screens, Sharp is once again focusing on the next resolution milestone. Today, Sharp announced its 8K AQUOS televisions will be coming to Japan and China in December, with releases in Taiwan and Europe planned for early 2018.

Source: Sharp is ready to sell 8K consumer TVs now that we all have 4K

Juicero, the ridiculous $400 juicer company, is shutting down

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Juicero — the company that shot to notoriety last year for selling an overpriced, overly complicated juicer — is closing up shop. The company is immediately suspending sales of its Juicero Press and Produce Packs, and is offering refunds for the next 90 days. Anyone looking to get their money back should hit up [email protected] by December 1st.

Source: Juicero, the ridiculous $400 juicer company, is shutting down

Security flaws put billions of Bluetooth phones, devices at risk

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It’s thought to be the most widescale set of vulnerabilities based on the number of devices affected, hitting Windows desktops, Android devices, older iPhones and iPads, and smart devices.

Source: Security flaws put billions of Bluetooth phones, devices at risk | ZDNet


-My brain got hacked!

Millions of Time Warner Cable Customer Records Exposed in Third-Party Data Leak

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Roughly four million records containing the personal details of Time Warner Cable (TWC) customers were discovered stored on an Amazon server without a password late last month.

Source: Millions of Time Warner Cable Customer Records Exposed in Third-Party Data Leak

Honda sets aside $605 million to settle Takata airbag claims

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The Takata airbag scandal affected several companies, but Honda felt its impact the most. Now, the Japanese automaker has agreed to a $605 million settlement to pay for buyers’ claims related to the deadly airbags in the US. The money Honda set aside will go towards paying for all the out-of-pocket costs and lost wages customers might have incurred from having to get their Takata airbag-equipped cars repaired. According to Financial Times, part of that amount will also be used to create an outreach program designed to speed up the pace of the recall as well as the replacement of recalled parts.

Source: Honda sets aside $605 million to settle Takata airbag claims

Alexa and Siri are vulnerable to ‘silent,’ nefarious commands

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Hacks are often caused by our own stupidity, but you can blame tech companies for a new vulnerability. Researchers from China’s Zheijiang University found a way to attack Siri, Alexa and other voice assistants by feeding them commands in ultrasonic frequencies. Those are too high for humans to hear, but they’re perfectly audible to the microphones on your devices. With the technique, researchers could get the AI assistants to open malicious websites and even your door if you had a smart lock connected.

Source: Alexa and Siri are vulnerable to ‘silent,’ nefarious commands

US Wireless, Wireline Speeds Continue to Lag Developed World: Report

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Ookla has released its annual Speedtest.net report on wireless and wireline internet speeds in the United States, and the various carrier-specific and regional variations between different parts of the US itself. The average performance across the US had jumped dramatically in past years, but the last 12 months saw smaller gains.

 

Source: US Wireless, Wireline Speeds Continue to Lag Developed World: Report – ExtremeTech

#BMW Engine Bursts Into Flames in Cobble Hill, Not The First This Week

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COBBLE HILL — Late this afternoon, the engine of a BMW spontaneously burst into flames while the owners drove down Strong Place near Degraw Street. Fire Department of New York (FDNY) responders said this is a quite common occurrence with BMW’s and other European vehicles. Daniel Lozza, a FDNY employee for nearly 14 years, said, […]

Source: BMW Engine Bursts Into Flames in Cobble Hill, Not The First This Week – BKLYNER

#Apple users complain #iOS 11 is draining their battery

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Wandera, a London-based mobile security company, found iPhones using iOS 11 took 96 minutes to empty their battery from 100 per cent charge. Those on iOS 10 took longer, at 240 minutes.

Source: Apple users complain iOS 11 is draining their battery | Daily Mail Online

#Bitcoin transactions NOT anonymous, Princeton researchers discover; individual names can be linked to most payments

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One of the benefits of cryptocurrency technologies like Bitcoin is that all transactions are supposed to be anonymous. But new evidence put forth by researchers from Princeton University suggests that hidden tracking cookies within the Bitcoin platform can actually link transactions directly to users via their activities across the rest of the web.

Source: Bitcoin transactions NOT anonymous, Princeton researchers discover; individual names can be linked to most payments

Critical Zero-Day Flaw in #macOS Reveals Passwords in Plaintext

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Apple just released the latest version of macOS, dubbed High Sierra, but the OS has a critical flaw zero-day flaw that allows rogue applications to export passwords in plaintext. Worse, the issue isn’t limited to High Sierra (10.13) either, but appears to affect multiple previous versions of the operating system. The flaw was first spotted by Patrick Wardle, an ex-NSA employee who now works for the security research firm Synack.

Source: Critical Zero-Day Flaw in macOS Reveals Passwords in Plaintext – ExtremeTech

#Apple #Watch Series 3 struggles to connect to #LTE

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For those awaiting their new Apple Watch Series 3, be prepared for some connectivity issues. The Verge’s Lauren Goode reports that during her review of the new smartwatch, it frequently struggled to connect to LTE and often linked to an unknown WiFi network instead. While surfing, and away from WiFi signals, Goode says that her watch either had a single bar of service or no service at all. And her connectivity issues spanned across two separate sample units. The Wall Street Journal reported similar issues with LTE, also across multiple watches.

Source: Apple Watch Series 3 struggles to connect to LTE

Queues barely form at Apple’s flagship stores for #iPhone 8

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Modest queues have been photographed outside of Apple’s flagship stores today in London, New York, Sydney and Singapore – a far cry from the snaking crowds of previous years.

Source: Queues barely form at Apple’s flagship stores for iPhone 8 | Daily Mail Online

“This Is Embarrassing”: 2 People Show Up For #iPhone 8 Launch in #China

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Confirming reports that reception for Apple’s newly launched iPhone 8 may be “underwhelming” to put it lightly, as the phone provides little if any material improvement over its lower-priced predecessor even as sales for hardcore fans will be cannibalized by the iPhone X, is the following report from Hangzhou, China which shows that all of 2 people were waiting in line for the latest gizmo from Tim Cook.

Source: “This Is Embarrassing”: 2 People Show Up For iPhone 8 Launch in China | Zero Hedge

#Apple #macOS High #Sierra #Exploit Lets #Hackers Steal Keychain Passwords in Plaintext

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New Apple macOS High Sierra Vulnerability Lets Applications Steal Keychain Passwords in Plaintext

Source: Apple macOS High Sierra Exploit Lets Hackers Steal Keychain Passwords in Plaintext

The #iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Have a Serious Shattering Problem

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When Apple announced the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, it moved away from using metal for the back of its phones in favor of all-glass construction. The company promised that this would have no impact on device strength, claiming its metal backs were more resilient than ever. Multiple reviewers reported the phone scratched just from being tucked into a pocket. Scratch resistance and impact resistance aren’t the same thing, though scratches can make a device more likely to break depending on their severity. Now, there’s additional evidence the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus may not be as strong as what Apple claimed.

Source: The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Have a Serious Shattering Problem – ExtremeTech

Leaked Apple warranty guide shows what it will and won’t repair

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It’s pretty tough for individuals and even third-party shops to repair Apple products, and often hard to predict whether Apple itself will repair, decline to fix or replace a busted iPhone. However, Business Insider has unearthed a 22-page “Visual/Mechanical Inspection Guide,” or VMI, that shows what qualifies as an “eligible repair.” It’s reportedly used to conduct a physical damage inspection and assess cost, “basically half the training for iPhone techs,” an anonymous Genius told BI.

Source: Leaked Apple warranty guide shows what it will and won’t repair

Don’t even try to repair the Essential Phone

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The Essential PH-1 (aka Essential Phone) is designed to withstand dents and scratches, but what happens if something breaks on the inside? You can forget about fixing it yourself, apparently. The DIY repair crew at iFixit has torn down Essential’s handset, and it’s obvious that you’re not meant to poke around inside. For one thing, iFixit had to freeze the phone (and break the LCD) just to get inside — and even then, it still had to get past a mid-frame shield. The USB-C port is soldered on to motherboard, and the abundance of adhesives makes it likely that you’ll break something if you somehow didn’t wreck the screen going in.

Source: Don’t even try to repair the Essential Phone

Achtung! German election tabulation software ‘insecure’

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White-hats warn voteware kaput weeks ahead of Bundestag poll

Source: Achtung! German election tabulation software ‘insecure’ • The Register

Now #SOUNDCLOUD joins anti-free speech zealots by #censoring #podcasts against Swedish migration

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With each passing day, it becomes increasingly difficult to find Internet-based companies that haven’t participated in some form of political censorship in recent months. Google, Facebook, Twitter, PayPal, Cloudflare and GoDaddy are all examples of companies that have launched initiatives to combat what they consider to be “hate speech,” which conveniently time and time again just so happens to be conservative content. They have been dubbed “tech tyrants” for their complete disregard of the freedom of speech and their insistence on establishing a hostile online environment.

Source: Now SOUNDCLOUD joins anti-free speech zealots by censoring podcasts against Swedish migration

The #iPhone 8 Debuts to Weak Demand, Uncertain Interest

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If you like iPhones, Apple’s iPhone 8 is a perfectly good phone. It adds new features like TrueTone, an updated camera (particularly on the iPhone 8 Plus), a hexa-core CPU built on a 10nm process, wireless charging, and the ability to shoot 4K video at 60fps (the iPhone 7 only supported 30fps). That’s a nice set of improvements, even if it’s not the meteoric leaps we saw 4-5 years ago, when smartphone technology was advancing much more quickly. But if early lines and sales are any indication, the iPhone 8 isn’t what the public wants.

Source: The iPhone 8 Debuts to Weak Demand, Uncertain Interest – ExtremeTech

Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to #iOS 11 if you use #Outlook , #Exchange

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Kiss your Microsoft email goodbye, for now, if you update

Source: Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange • The Register

Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit • The Register

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Apps are gonna break. Plus of course, Apple always screws up the first iteration

Source: Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit • The Register

iOS 11’s Control Center buttons don’t fully turn off Bluetooth or WiFi

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If you’ve updated to Apple’s new iOS 11, you might have played around with the new Control Center. You also might think that toggling Bluetooth and WiFi “off” in the Center might actually, you know, turn them off. Turns out, you’d be wrong. As noted over at Motherboard, hitting these buttons really only disconnects you from any WiFi or Bluetooth devices you might be connected to.

Source: iOS 11’s Control Center buttons don’t fully turn off Bluetooth or WiFi

Microsoft won’t patch Edge browser content security bypass

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Tells Cisco’s Talos it’s a feature, not a bug. Apple and Google disagree and fixed it

Source: Microsoft won’t patch Edge browser content security bypass • The Register

Hobbyist gives iPhone 7 the headphone jack we’ve always wanted

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For those of you who miss the iPhone headphone jack, you’re definitely not alone. But Strange Parts creator Scotty Allen missed it so much that he decided to add one to his iPhone 7. He just posted a video of the project’s entire saga, with all of its many ups and downs, and in the end he holds what he set out to create – a current generation iPhone with a fully functional headphone jack. It turns out, real courage is adding the headphone jack back to the iPhone.

 

Source: Hobbyist gives iPhone 7 the headphone jack we’ve always wanted


-Headphone jack is an industry standard. USB C and Lightning are NOT industry standards across brands, therefore making compatibility an issue.

Car explodes in B&Q car park after driver lit a cigarette which ignited fumes from an air freshener

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AN EXPLODING air freshener left this car a mangled wreck and put its driver in hospital. The blast was caused when a lit cigarette ignited fumes that apparently came from an aerosol can. The doors,…

Source: Car explodes in B&Q car park after driver lit a cigarette which ignited fumes from an air freshener


-Extreme “air freshening” that should not be on the market.

Identical twins denied driving licence after baffling facial recognition computer system

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It’s double trouble for two teenage sisters who want to learn to drive – all because the system can’t tell them apart

Source: Identical twins denied driving licence after baffling facial recognition computer system – Mirror Online


-The joys of flawed biometrics.

Google Drive down in parts of US

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Google Drive services are down in parts of the US. The outage has been confirmed by Google, which says it’s working on resolving the issues.

Source: Google Drive down in parts of US — RT America


-Make sure you have your own backups. Clouds are volatile.

Behold the cameras destroyed by the solar eclipse

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The eclipse came and went amidst a media hullabaloo. Much of the coverage focussed on where and how you could watch the event. And, almost every report carried a word of warning: Protect your eyes. Trump didn’t listen, but most others did. Photography enthusiasts were also probably aware of the fact that the eclipse can also put cameras at risk. After all, the last thing you want is to damage your expensive piece of kit. Well, as it turns out, some people weren’t in the know. As leading camera rental company Lensrentals points out, a bunch of its pricey snappers were damaged by the event. And, it’s got pictures to prove it. Another word of warning: Look away now if you don’t like seeing broken camera equipment.

Source: Behold the cameras destroyed by the solar eclipse

Voter registration websites make some records vulnerable

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Those government websites that allow you to change voter registration details might seem convenient, but they also make you vulnerable to ID theft and could be used to manipulate elections. That’s what a team of Harvard researchers found when they took a closer look at those types of websites that 35 states and Washington, DC provided to their residents during the 2016 Presidential elections. They determined that the websites give attackers an easy way to mess with election proceedings, similar to what might have happened in Riverside County, California.

 

Source: Voter registration websites make some records vulnerable

Desjardins freezes debit card while traveling

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I knew I was traveling soon and decided to call the bank to make sure they would not freeze the debit card, as they often do with credit cards. Here is the essence of the discussion over the phone:

-Me: I am calling to give notice that i will be traveling with my debit card, as to not freeze it while i am abroad.
-Desjardins : No need to notify us when traveling with debit card.
-Me: Oh! Fantastic!

I use Desjardins debit card abroad. Card gets frozen. Cannot use card again when needed for an emergency. It’s likely some algorithm somewhere like those used for credit cards.

It’s truly fucking amazing that you take the time to indicate that transactions may appear suspicious, but they are not , because you will be the one using it.

What do we learn here? Don’t trust bank technology, and make sure you have backup methods to have money on hand. Fucking banks.

 

 

FuckingTech #1 – Palm frustrations

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Welcome to the first Fucking Tech podcast. In this show I ram Palm right in the ribs with their shitty:

-Palm Marketing that doesn’t allow me to see a demo phone (Forgot to mention their commercials with that scary alien lady! FOCK!)
-Sales that don’t sell the phone unlocked and on all carriers
-Impossible to run WebOS emulator
-WebOS SDK that limits functionality
-oh.. and other shit and some comments about the retarded mobile space as it is right now.


Creative’s terrible Vista drivers

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I have a Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS that has worked pretty good with Windows XP. Now it seems this sound card is doomed to die with XP.


Creative’s limp into the future
Now I have a 64-bit processor and I am ready to upgrade to Windows Vista 64-bit, you know, leaping into the technology of the future and leaving 32-bit to rot in the past.

There is only one problem; my Audigy 2 sound card does not have drivers for Vista that enable the same functionality that I have in XP, namely EAX HD. You know, it would be nice to run my new quad core baby and it’s 8800GT with some hot EAX HD sound. Well, Creative doesn’t think so. Creative does not consider Audigy 2 to be good enough for Vista.

When looking for Vista 64-bit drivers for Audigy 2, here is what I find:

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy series Vista Driver 2.12.0002 (38.30 MB) 16 Mar 07

Wow. No driver updates in over a YEAR, dude! Vista has been available for Creative in Beta release for them to update their drivers to work with Vista since 2005-2006.

But wait! That’s not all! Not only are there no new drivers in over a year, they are crippled and do not have hot EAX HD, as mentioned by the release notes from over a year ago:

Known issues:

* Applications from the original Sound Blaster Audigy CD will not work with this download.
* Users are advised to use Audio Console included in this download to change speaker configurations.
* This driver does not support the following:
o Decoding of Dolby® Digital and DTS™ signals
o DVD-Audio
o DirectSound®-based EAX games
o Gameports
o 6.1 speaker mode.
* SPDIF passthrough is supported on Vista 32-bit only.

Rrrrright. Do you are telling me that in over a year you could not get these features to work in Vista? Brilliant. Now I’m in 2008 and I have jack shit to use my Audigy 2 in Vista.



X-Fucked
When you support your customers that use older products, you are in very good shape to have them buy your products again in the future. Here is the proof. Since I had no Audigy 2 love for Vista, I then decided to shop around for an X-Fi, knowing it is a newer product and probably has full function drivers for Windows 64-bit. I was happy that I could have some EAX HD in Vista. Well, Creative doesn’t think so. Creative does not think that their X-Fi card is good enough for Vista.

X-Fi is just not working properly in Vista yet, even with X-Fi being Creative’s flagship product. X-Fi has problems with systems have more than 4 gigs of RAM. What the fuck? Having more than 4 gigs of RAM in my system is THE reason why I am running 64-bit, but X-Fi has problems with that. Unfuckingbelievable.

Get this, Creative is even going against Daniel_K, some dude who is making Creative drivers work the way they should. That is fucking kick ass. This also shows how some guy does better than a big company. Creative does not realise that Daniel_K is helping Creative have their products actually work, and they want him to stop. Yeah, great PR move, Creative! Fucking brilliant!
http://forums.creative.com/creativelabs/board/message?board.id=soundblaster&thread.id=116332&view=by_date_ascending&page=1 (cache)

Not only that, Creative purposely disabled features for the Audigy drivers when Vista is detected on install. http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/04/daniel_k-who-fi.html (cache)

Also, some mad greets to the Digg community for raising this shit storm that Creative deserves.
http://digg.com/hardware/Creative_threatens_community_modder (cache)
Creative certainly is showing that they have no interest in their products to work in Vista. Retarded.



PCI Slomo
Ok, so no love for Audigy 2 and X-Fi for Vista, so I decided to see if Creative had any newer products that work in PCI Express instead of PCI. Their offering does not even do EAX at all. Creative, are you fucking serious? The PCI Express SupremeFX II that comes with my motherboard is looking like a better option for Vista than my Audigy 2 right now. At least THIS card has some EAX on it, when compared to Creative’s PCI Express board. I wonder what I will do when faced with the option of buying new hardware that will not even work, when I have free hardware with my motherboard? Yeah, no shit. Fuck Creative.



Creative killed all the fuzzies
Creative just does not give me warm fuzzies anymore. I never had warm fuzzies in the first place when having to downgrade from my Gravis to a Sound Blaster when Gravis killed their sound card division. You can’t make my Audigy 2 work in Vista when everything else in my system does, and not even your newer X-Fi works in Vista. I never had super warm fuzzies for Creative, but now all the fuzzies are dead. No more fucking fuzzies for Creative. Fucking terrible.

You see, I am TRYING to buy your products, but you don’t want me to buy any of your sound cards. I am shopping right now to buy a laptop sound card for my netcasting, but guess what? That’s right, it’s not going to happen with a Creative product. You simply don’t give a fuck about your sound card business anymore. I really think Creative is dead as far as sound card products go.

Creative products are capable and Vista has been around quite long enough for Creative to produce functional drivers for Audigy 2 and X-Fi, but Creative is doing fuck all.

Fuck you, Creative, I am not likely to purchase any of your fucking tech any time soon.

The Palm Treo 680 is not made for Asians. Palm does not want this market.

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Different is good when it’s better.
Grab any cell phone from LG, Samsung or Motorola, you will most likely find a hole or ring to attach a small wrist strap or lanyard. This wrist strap makes it easy to grab the phone out of it’s hiding place and can also be used to prevent an inadvertent drop of your phone while using it. Palm, in their grandiose wisdom decided that wrist strap rings are not to be part of the Treo 680, when all other phones around the world have had these rings for years.


Palm hates Asians.
Palm must hate Asians by not including a wrist strap ring on the Treo 680. Palm is missing out on the complete lanyard/wrist strap accessory market for Treos in the Asian segment. When I show my Treo phone to my Asian friends, they always ask me what color is my wrist lanyard and which Helo Kitty noise charm I have at the end of it. I smack my head with my palm (my hand palm) every time. It makes me feel like an ass and left out every single time. It makes me feel very North-American.


The small guy get’s the protection.
Find the logic in this. Palm Centro is la less expensive device and can accommodate wrist straps. Treo 680 is more expensive and can not have wrist straps. Is Palm telling me that it’s OK to drop a 500$ Treo 680, but adds anti-drop lanyard capability to the less expensive Centro? Is this some kind of racket to extort more money out of people buying more expensive devices? Fuck, I paid 500$ for this phone. I can’t have a simple hole in the casing so I don’t drop my expensive phone with a 2$ wrist strap?


Sony wins.
My Sony TG-50 has a wrist strap ring, it is very handy when using it as a hand held voice recorder. My Sony UX-50 has the BIGGEST wrist strap ring ever seen in any hand held device. With a 1000$ device when it came out in 2003, it’d BETTER have a fucking wrist strap ring! In fact, this ring is reinforced metal that is part of the frame. FUCK!!! Now THAT’s a strap ring! 3 years later Palm gives me fuck all as far as strap rings on my Treo 680. Great. My 150$ digital camera has a lanyard ring. Why can’t my 500$ Treo have one?


I just bought a Treo 680 for my wife. Now she is asking where on her new Treo does she attach her wrist lanyard & Hello Kitty bell charm combo. Fuck.


Don’t worry, Palm, you’re getting off light on this one. I have more rants to rip you some big ones. Just wait for it. I love Palm OS, but Palm devices have bad implementations. Was I spoiled by Sony? No. Palm had plenty of time to implement all this stuff.


GoldenTree’s crippled, slow & unencrypted hotel wireless

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Hotels seem to have replaced ethernet internet with wireless, as it probably saves money on cabling costs, which is OK. The problems I have with this is that so far I have had slow, crippled, unencrypted and ask for passwords for no reason and they have all been provided by GoldenTree.


Login password?

Before you can do anything with your wireless connection you need to log in with a password that is the area code and your room number. This is stupid and useless. Residence Inn does not do this, it only asks you to agree to the terms of service, which does not bother with useless garbage.


Unencrypted? Are you fucking kidding me?

Wireless connections that have seen so far in hotels do not even use WEP or WPA encryption.I have seen this at Holiday Inn (cached)(cache), Marriott Residence Inn (cached)(cache) and Marriot Fairfield Inn (cache).

Not only is Goldentree (cached)(cache) doing a bad implementation, but hotels don’t seen to give a shit about guests that are staying for business purposes. Some business users will have VPN access, but some corporate VPN access limits tremendously what is possible to do on that connection. The idea is that we HAVE to use the wireless connection without our personal VPN sometimes. When that happens and the connection is not encrypted, that pisses me off because anyone can sniff around and see what everybody in the hotel is doing on their wireless connection.

By the way, FuckingTech.com has been created entirely over a wireless GoldenTree connection in a hotel. This is scary because all operations have been done over unencrypted wireless for everyone to see, from the domain registration, unencrypted FTP transfers (because SSL FTP never works) and unencrypted back end administration of the article system. Anyone listening over the wireless connection could have hijacked FuckingTech.com before it was even started. This inaugural article could have been hijacked!

I don’t mind if anyone grabs the nude celeb pics that I download, but I start minding when I work and an encrypted connection for that type of work is not available.

Unencrypted hotel wireless is risky and it should stop.



Slow “High Speed” connections

Now on to the speed. Goldentree is horrendously slow on Friday and Saturday evenings. Yo dudes! We need more bandwidth over here!!!! I am talking to you, Marriott, Holiday Inn and GoldenTree! When this shit goes on every god damned week-end from November to March, YOU HAVE A FUCKING PROBLEM with your unencrypted, crippled and slow ass connection.

Slow “High speed” connections are terrible and it has to stop.



Crippling

GoldenTree also limits the POST sizes that are over 25k. Fantastic. That is just retarded when you are trying to upload files to any HTTP content system such as FuckingTech.com

GoldenTree, you provide slow, crippling and unencrypted wireless connections to hotel customers. You have some work to do.

What burns me is that it seems all hotels use GoldenTree over here in Oklahoma City, which limits your options to attain some sort of satisfaction from your wireless connection provided to you.

Fucking Tech

    "Humans have great technology that could improve their lives. However, humans always fuck up it's implementation through bad management, bad design, rushed releases, no testing, no resources, corruption and just not giving a fuck about anything. In turn, humans remain frustrated, in a life unimproved. Stupid humans."

    -Intercepted alien communication



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