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Apple Fans Disagree with Tim Cook About OS Compatibility

Rumors are shutdown.<p>There have been some potentially game-changing rumors surrounding Apple lately. Early in April, it was reported that the tech …

Mobile Devices

Department of Justice reportedly investigating AT&T and Verizon over collusion against eSIM technology

The US Department of Justice has reportedly opened an antitrust investigation to determine whether AT&T, Verizon, and mobile industry group GSM Association (GSMA) colluded to prevent consumers from easily switching carriers with devices that support eSIM, according to <i>The New York Times</i>. All four …

U.S. Department of Justice

Insecure RSA Conference app leaked attendee data | Ars Technica

Database containing RSA Conference attendee contact data extracted using hard-coded API data.<p>A mobile application built by a third party for the RSA …

Information Security

Apple's recycling robot disassembles 200 iPhones an hour

About a year ago, Apple made the bold proclamation that it was zeroing in on a future where iPhones and MacBooks were created wholly of recycled materials. It was, and still is, an ambitious thought. In a technologically-charged world, many forget that nearly 100 percent of e-waste is recyclable. …

Sustainability

New York Judge Makes the Wrong Call on Stingray Secrecy

A New York judge has ruled that the public and the judiciary shouldn’t second-guess the police when it comes to secret snooping on the public with …

Surveillance

A security guy at JPMorgan spied on employees emails and phone calls using the secretive software tool Palantir

JPMorgan was once the marquee corporate customer for Palantir, a data-crunching software tool originally created to hunt terrorists and founded by Silicon Valley's controversial venture capitalist Peter Thiel.<p>But several years ago, in the hands of a former Secret Service agent JPMorgan hired as a …

Surveillance

Tim Cook on merging macOS and iOS: “I don’t think that’s what users want”

Apple's CEO appeared to debunk speculation that the company seeks a unified OS.<p>In an interview published in <i>The Sydney Morning Herald</i> today, Apple CEO …

College Prep

Exclusive: Chat is Google’s next big fix for Android’s messaging mess

How the successor to SMS will take on iMessage<p>A top-tier Android phone can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, and for that money, you’ll get some amazing features. It will have a stellar screen, top-flight camera, gobs of storage, and an absolutely atrocious texting experience.<p>It’s a problem. In …

Chatbots

Report: DHS Accidentally Releases ‘Remote Mind Control’ Records

In response to a journalist’s standard FOIA request for records on Antifa and white supremacist groups, the Washington State Fusion Center reportedly …

Antifa

In 1968, the Supreme Court gutted the Fourth Amendment, certain that it would all work out in the end. It didn't.

In 1968, the Supremes ruled in <i>Terry v. Ohio</i> that the police did not need "probable cause" to stop a person, it was sufficient that they have …

Fourth Amendment

FAA will order engine inspections after deadly Southwest Airlines flight

An eerily similar incident occurred in 2016 involving a Southwest flight and the same type of engine.<p>Aviation authorities will begin ordering airlines to inspect a certain type of jet engine after this week's midair explosion that forced a Southwest Airlines flight from New York to make an …

Aviation

Woman sucked out of Southwest plane window 'was wearing seatbelt' and died from blunt impact trauma

The woman who was killed when she was partially blown out of a Southwest Airlines plane was wearing a seatbelt at the time, but died from blunt impact trauma, according to authorities.<p>Spokesman James Garrow of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health said Wednesday evening that banking …

Airplanes

Google employees want to teach you to code for free with their latest app

A bunch of Google employees participating in the company’s Area 120 internal incubator have launched Grasshopper, a free mobile app for Android and iOS that teaches you the basics of programming.<p>It’s beautifully designed and is suitable for just about anyone who can be trusted to use a phone on …

Apps

8 Ways Hackers Monetize Stolen Data

Hackers are craftier than ever, pilfering PII piecemeal so bad actors can combine data to set up schemes to defraud medical practices, steal military …

Cybersecurity

Microsoft brings its antivirus protection to Google’s Chrome browser

Microsoft is releasing its Windows Defender antivirus scanner for Google Chrome this week. The software giant has released a Chrome extension, that includes a list of malicious URLs that will be blocked in Chrome. The extension is designed to stop malware being loaded onto PCs from malicious sites, …

Google

Facebook to ask everyone to accept being tracked so they can keep using it

Facebook is going to ask all of its users whether they want to be tracked as they use it.<p>The site will ask all of its users to explicitly opt in to …

Privacy

John Stossel: The great American tax rip-off

The cable bill was the last straw, says Kristin Tate. "That's the one that really made me mad."<p>Comcast included $36 in charges for mysterious things like "utility tax" and "government access fee."<p>That motivated her to research obscure taxes and put what she learned in a new book, "How Do I Tax …

Finance

Plover lets you share files between any devices over Wi-Fi, AirDrop-style

Apple’s AirDrop service is great for beaming files between your iOS and Mac devices over Wi-Fi – but it sadly doesn’t work with other platforms. Thankfully, a bunch of young developers have built a handy tool to make it just as easy to transfer files over your local network, using anything that has …

Apps

Four U.S. senators seek details on unusual cellular surveillance in D.C. area

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four U.S. senators on Wednesday urged the U.S. Homeland Security Department (DHS) to disclose additional information about unusual cellular surveillance activity that has been detected around the nation's capital.<p>The senators - Ron Wyden and Ed Markey, both Democrats, and …

Surveillance

Millions of IP addresses blocked as Russia tries to shut down Telegram

Russia has blocked more than 16 million internet protocol addresses in its attempt to ban the popular encrypted messaging app Telegram, leading to interruptions in the service of major websites and media.<p>A court ordered the service blocked in Russia after it refused to hand over its encryption keys …

Privacy

Facebook, Microsoft and others sign anti-cyberattack pledge

Microsoft, Facebook and Cloudflare are among a group of technology firms that have signed a joint pledge committing publicly not to assist offensive government cyberattacks.<p>The pledge also commits them to work together to enhance security awareness and the resilience of the global tech …

Cybersecurity

Southwest Airlines Engine Explodes in Flight, Killing a Passenger

One person was killed and seven others sustained minor injuries on a Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Dallas when an engine exploded in midair on Tuesday, shattering a window that passengers said partially sucked a woman out of the aircraft.<p>The explosion, which happened about 20 minutes …

Airplanes

France builds WhatsApp-like service to avoid privacy breaches

Existing encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp and Telegram run the risk of a data leak, so France is building an alternative.<p>As Facebook continues to reel from the Cambridge Analytica saga, the French government is taking precautions against the social media behemoth's WhatsApp service.<p>The …

Privacy

Stop Using 6-Digit iPhone Passcodes

Now that police agents can allegedly crack iPhones protected with passcodes made of six numbers, it’s time to use longer, harder to guess and crack alphanumeric passphrases.<p>How long is your iPhone PIN? If you still use one that’s only made by six numbers (or worse, four!), you may want to change …

Information Systems

How a 34-year-old turned $200 into a company he sold for over $10 million in a matter of months

Thirteen years ago as a broke college student, Trevor Chapman took a job selling pest control door-to-door to make extra money. Eventually, he …

eCommerce

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis<p>Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution …

Pollution

US, UK warn of Russian hackers targeting millions of routers

Russian spies are looking for vulnerabilities in routers for future attacks. Officials are urging people, and device makers, to take security measures.<p>Russian hackers are targeting millions of routers around the world, including devices in homes and offices, according to US and UK officials.<p>In a …

Cybersecurity

Inside New York’s silent sex trafficking epidemic

Inside a handsome brick building on a tree-lined street near Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, lay one of the city’s dirtiest secrets.<p>As people strolled past …

Crime

This New Treatment Could Heal Tooth Cavities Without Any Fillings

It regrows the enamel itself.<p>Scientists have invented a new product that can encourage tooth enamel to grow back, which means we could finally have a …

Dentistry

Symantec makes internal threat detection tool Targeted Attack Analytics available to the public

Symantec is for the first time granting customers access to the threat detection technology used by its internal research team, making it easier to …

Cybersecurity