John Smith

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How My Email Account Got Hacked and the Steps I Took After Finding Out

My email account got hacked recently 🙁.<p>I’ll explained what happened, how it happened, and the steps I took to prevent this sort of thing from …

Routers

How Steve Jobs’ impossible demands sparked Wi-Fi revolution

How many important moments at Apple started with Steve Jobs being late to a meeting that ended with him making a seemingly impossible demand?<p>This is exactly how one former executive of Lucent Technologies describes the birth of commercial Wi-Fi, which took place in a meeting room at Apple …

Wireless

I tried to write this article on an iPad Pro. It didn’t go well

Apple keeps insisting an iPad Pro is a computer. So could I switch to it from a MacBook Air?<p><i>Video: Hands-on with Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad for</i> …

Everyone’s Making Jokes About All Of Those Privacy Policy Updates Suddenly Flooding Your Inbox

If you checked your junk e-mail folder over the holiday weekend and asked, “<i>Why is everyone telling me about their updated privacy policy?</i>” you aren’t alone. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became enforceable last Friday (two years after it was officially adopted), …

Privacy

Ireland’s Catholic priests are not happy with the "sinners" who repealed abortion laws

CORK, Ireland — The Catholic Church has responded to Friday’s historic vote to make abortion legal in Ireland by hectoring “Yes” voters to go to confession for their “sins.”<p>Ireland Friday voted by an overwhelming majority to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, which enacts some of the …

Carrot Weather's profanity-spewing forecast app arrives on Android

iOS developer Brian Mueller’s Carrot Weather app has won numerous awards and features in Apple’s App Store for making it fun to check the day’s forecasts. It’s finally made its way to Google Play so Android users can enjoy its hilarious approach to bringing you weather information.<p>Sure, you can see …

Apps

'Spiderman' granted French citizenship after rescuing child from Paris balcony

<b>Paris (CNN) —</b> A young Malian migrant who rescued a child dangling from a balcony will be made a French citizen and has been offered a job by the Paris fire brigade, the office of the French presidency said.<p>Video of the rescue showed 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama climbing up four floors of the …

Emmanuel Macron

Comment: Apple’s example shows how Europe’s new privacy law will benefit people worldwide

Europe’s tough new privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), came into force today. It provides the strongest protections the world has ever seen for customer and user data.<p>Even Apple – a company famed for its respect for customer privacy – had to strengthen its safeguards in …

Personal Data

Does a black hole ever die?

What we know about the mysterious life cycle of a black hole.<p>Astronomer Misty Bentz would like you to know that black holes don’t suck. “They’re not cosmic vacuum cleaners going around and sucking everything in,” she says. “They just use gravity the same way everything else does.”<p>Instead of a …

Black Holes

How to use the curl command for uploading and downloading files without user interaction

The curl command is quite useful and flexible. The intent of the tool is to transfer data, without user interaction, to or from a server, using one …

Linux

Japanese Maid Outfits, A Serious Look 

Anime

Pokémon Dev Shares Designs That Didn't Make It Into Original Games, Inspiring Fan Art

Pokémon

How does Project Treble impact Android and the custom ROM community?

Article Contents<p>Project Treble, something that you might read in some of our reviews and comment sections, is an important shift in Android as we …

UK adults may soon have to buy "porn passes" from corner shops to prove their age online

Later this year, new UK legislation will require visitors to adult websites to <i>prove</i> that they’re over the legal age of 18. The logistics of how this will work, however, are proving trickier than thought.<p>It’s likely most porn sites will verify user ages through credit cards. After all, in the UK at …

What Everyone Gets Wrong About Introverts

Not antisocial. Not lazy.<p>When you hear the term "introvert," you might imagine someone who's quiet and insular, who likes to spend most of their time …

Shhlack Lets You Encrypt Slack Messages So Your Boss Can't See Private Conversations

Slack, the messaging service of choice for tens of thousands of organizations, has given employers a considerable amount of access to the data and …

KCRG Meteorologist Arrested for Deceiving Viewers, Stealing Spring

Forecasting serious winter weather is apparently now a serious crime in Iowa. Any offenders could be arrested at any time, and this morning KCRG …

27 Incredibly Useful Things You Didn’t Know Chrome Could Do

Give your internet experience a jolt of fresh energy with these easily overlooked features, options, and shortcuts for Google’s browser.<p>These days, a browser is more than just a basic navigator for the web. It’s effectively a second desktop—a gateway to countless apps, sites, and services. And …

Google Drive

It sure looks like Google is about to kill Inbox [Update]

<b>Updated September 12, 2018:</b> Welp. They did it. Google's killed Inbox. Inbox will be laid to rest in March 2019, and in its place, the company's …

Gmail

Google app kills the last remnants of Voice Search, completely switches to Assistant (Updated)

Google Voice Search is dead. <i>Cue in somber music</i>.<p>For many years before Google Assistant was a thing, Android had a microphone you could trigger to …

Google Apps

Yahoo and AOL just gave themselves the right to read your emails (again)

Oath, the media division of Verizon that runs both AOL and Yahoo, is finally unifying the privacy policy of its two giant legacy Internet brands. That means an updated set of privacy terms and policies for hundreds of millions of users. And in an online world where privacy expectations have been …

Privacy

I miss Windows Phone

Microsoft’s mobile OS had great features<p>I first gave up on Windows Phone back in December 2014. Microsoft’s mobile platform was being left behind, and I was tired of not getting access to the apps everyone else was using. It took Microsoft a few years to finally admit Windows Phone is dead, and the …

Apple is moving on from Intel because Intel isn’t moving anywhere

Apple’s abandonment of Intel chips is inevitable<p>A report from <i>Bloomberg</i> this week has made public something that should already have been apparent to tech industry observers: Apple is planning to replace Intel processors in Mac computers with its own chips starting sometime around 2020. The two …

Millennials destroyed the rules of written English – and created something better

The spelling and grammar rules do not apply on the Millennial Internet™.<p>That's because millennials have created a new rulebook for a variant of …

How to ‘poison’ your data before you delete Facebook

Over the past few weeks, we’ve learned a lot about Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and how Facebook uses your data. The revelations have pushed many …

The 5 biggest announcements from the Apple education event

Apple took its annual spring event out of California and hosted it at a high school in Chicago this year, promising to focus its newest products toward the education market that’s been dominated by Google and Microsoft. The keynote was condensed into just one hour, most of which revolved around all …

Revolut launches disposable virtual cards

Fintech startup Revolut is launching a new type of virtual cards — disposable cards for online purchases. While you could already generate additional virtual cards for a fee, this is a different kind of virtual card as it gets destroyed after each transaction.<p>If you usually shop on Amazon or if you …

From copycat to Goliath: A deep dive into China's massive WeChat

China has long been perceived as a “nation of copycats,” where the shanzhai mentality reigned supreme, but, while pirating still goes on there, China has already moved on to the next phase of its development. The same has happened with WeChat. What started out as a Chinese copy of Whatsapp has …

Teen's devastating bug-report on a "tamper-proof" cryptocurrency wallet shows why companies can't be left in charge of bad news about their products

Saleem Rashid is a 15 year old self-taught British programmer who discovered a fatal defect in the Ledger Nano S, an offline cryptocurrency wallet …

New Zealand just took care of a $3.6 million mouse infestation

The million dollar mouse is dead. Long live the million dollar mouse.<p>Compared to New Zealand, we are all terrible at getting rid of mice. The country just totally eradicated the 200,000 or so rodents scurrying around the subantarctic Antipodes island.<p>Unlike most of the mouse traps around the world, …