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25 April

Engadget

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

Boing Boing

NYT > Circuits

Engadget

MacRumors

  • 18:38
    The iOS 11 operating system is installed on 76 percent of devices as of April 22, according to statistics Apple shared today on its App Store support page for developers. That's up 11 percentage points since January 18, when iOS 11 was installed on 65 percent of devices, and 24 percentage points since November 6, when iOS 11 was installed on 52 percent of devices. 19 percent of devices continue to use iOS 10, while 5 percent of devices use earlier versions of iOS, such as iOS 9. Many of these devices are likely older and unable to be updated to the newest version of iOS. iOS 11 adoption (...) -- iOS 11, Android

Daring Fireball

  • 18:46
    Tom Warren, writing for The Verge: Nintendo’s Switch was hacked to run Linux in February, and now it’s clear that hackers could go further and run homebrew apps and games on the device. Eurogamer reports that two exploits have been detailed this week that allow hackers to exploit a hardware flaw in Nvidia’s Tegra X1 (that powers the Switch) and gain access to the Switch’s operating system. Nintendo cannot patch the hardware flaw without releasing a new version of the Switch, which means that at least 14 million devices are vulnerable. It’s a jailbreak that’s similar to a “tethered” iPhone (...)

Engadget

NYT > Circuits

Seth’s Blog

  • 11:50
    A note to the customer who just had a meltdown. To the groom without a perfect wedding, to the rental car customer who had to wait twenty minutes, and to the boss who's furious that the delivery wasn't as promised. We heard you. We, as in the people you were seeking to impact, and we as in the rest of us as well, the innocent bystanders. Actually, we heard you the first time. Ever since then, the only information that's being communicated is about you, not the people you're angry with. You're demonstrating your privilege (because you need to have plenty of resources in order to waste (...)

Boing Boing

  • 18:21
    It is spring. I wanted to lube the chain on my mountain bike. I prefer dry, wax-based lubricant as it sheds dirt and is more easy to maintain. Amazon had other ideas. I use White Lightning on the bike chain. I have not tried #Lube Life. While #LL's reviews are entertaining and generally positive, there is gratefully no mention of bike chains. -- #Lube Life.

Extremetech

Boing Boing

  • 18:00
    Apple has unveiled Daisy, a robot that can disassemble nine different types of iPhones, as part of their program to try and recover and recycle more materials that go into their devices. It can apparently handle 200 iPhones an hour. It's pretty mesmerizing to watch at work, I must say. As Eyewitness News writes: According to the Apple report, Daisy can recover 1,900 kilograms of aluminum (used in enclosures), 770kg of cobalt (a material crucial for making batteries), 710kg of copper (crucial in circuit boards) and 11kg of rare earth elements (which play a role in controlling magnets, and (...) -- Post, reduce reuse recycle
  • 17:40
    Opioid overdoses now kill more Americans every year than guns, breast cancer, or car accidents. 20 million Americans suffer from addiction to alcohol, illicit, or prescription drugs. On the second anniversary of Prince’s death from fentanyl overdose last weekend, the President of the United States demonstrated a deep ignorance of this medical epidemic, calling someone he considers an alcoholic and addict a “drunk/drugged up loser.” Days later we learn that Dr. Ronny Jackson, the physician Trump nominated to lead the country’s largest healthcare system, the Veterans Administration, is known (...) -- Feature, addiction, opioid epidemic, trump's regressive drug policy
  • 17:17
    In 1970, Chile elected Salvador Allende, a socialist, to office; he instituted sweeping reforms aimed at ending the corrupt rule of a small, monied, brutal elite; in 1973, the dictator Augusto Pinochet led a US-backed military coup that involved horrific torture and mass executions of political enemies. (more…) -- Post, augusto pinochet, chile, libertarianism, personal autonomy, pinochet, when someone tells you who he is believe him

Extremetech

Boing Boing

  • 16:39
    Begun, the deepfake wars have. As usage grows of FakeApp -- the software that makes it comparatively easy to create "deepfaked" face-swapped videos -- a couple of researchers have decided to fight fire with fire. So they trained a deep-learning neural net on tons of examples of deepfaked videos, and produced a model that's better than any previous automated technique at spotting hoaxery. (Their paper documenting the work is here.) This is good, obviously, though as you might imagine the very techniques they're using here could themselves be employed to produce better deepfakes. (...) -- Post, deepfakes
  • 16:00
    Total versatility isn't something you'd typically find in a telescope. While magnification tech has come a long way, most telescopes are designed to either gaze upon the stars or view the landscapes beneath them. The Omegon Maksutov Telescope MightyMak 60 lets you do both, and thanks to its compact design, you can easily incorporate some sightseeing into your outdoor activities. It's available today for $109.99 in the Boing Boing Store. This compact Maksutov-style telescope lets you stargaze with brighter images and a larger field of view. It boasts an included table-top tripod, an eyepiece, (...) -- Omegon Maksutov Telescope MightyMak 60, available in the Boing Boing Store for $109.99

Extremetech

Boing Boing

Extremetech

Boing Boing

Extremetech

Boing Boing

  • 13:02
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHip22RrEj8 Calling cops on black people is something white people do to place them in lethal danger, which is why several members of the Grandview Golf Club in York, Pa., left the course Saturday to avoid trouble, even after local police declined to charge them with the imaginary crime of playing golf slowly. The five are part of a larger group of local women known as Sisters in the Fairway. The group has been around for at least a decade, and all of its members are experienced players who have golfed all over the county and world, Thompson said. They’re (...) -- Post, golf, racism
  • 13:00
    YOU CAN FOLLOW ⓐRubenBolling on the Twitters and a Face Book. RECOMMENDED: You'll never regret joining Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the Proud & Mighty INNER HIVE, for exclusive early access to comics, extra comics, and much more! "I used to spend 20 dollars a year on TOM THE DANCING BUG collections… Happy to support him and pass the word." -Neil Gaiman More Tom the Dancing Bug comics on Boing Boing! (more…) -- Comic, Tom the Dancing Bug

NYT > Circuits

MacRumors

  • 01:34
    Apple CEO Tim Cook is attending the first state dinner of the Trump administration, which is honoring French president Emmanuel Macron, according to CNN. Cook is accompanied by Apple vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives Lisa Jackson. Guests at the dinner, which is taking place in the White House State Dining Room, will dine on a goat cheese gateau with tomato jam and buttermilk biscuit crumbles, a rack of spring lamb with Carolina Gold rice jambalaya and a burnt cipollini onion soubise, and a nectarine tart with crème fraîche ice cream. Image via Paul Bedard Other (...) -- Tim Cook

BetaNews.Com

  • 17:11
    Chances are you're not currently friends with Kim Jong Un on Facebook. And it's not likely to happen any time soon according to researchers at Recorded Future who have been looking at the internet usage patterns of North Korea's leaders. In July last year they found that the country's ruling elite were plugged into contemporary internet society, were technologically savvy, and had patterns of internet use that were very similar to users in the West. Repeating the analysis in December, however, they discovered substantive changes in how North Korea's leadership use the internet. In (...) -- [Continue Reading]
  • 16:49
    The big news from Google today is the launch of the redesigned Gmail, but it's not the only news. The company has also launched a new app called Tasks which -- no prizes for guessing -- allows for management of to-do lists. The Google Tasks service is nothing new, and it has been accessible from Gmail inboxes and Google Calendar for quite some time, but this is the first time there has been a dedicated app for it. As well as the app, there's also a revamp of the web-based version of Tasks. See also: Google rolls out massive Gmail… [Continue (...) -- [Continue Reading]
  • 16:25
    Secondary storage specialist Cohesity is launching new capabilities that allow organizations to leverage the public cloud for faster application testing and development, while still ensuring seamless backup and recovery. A growing number of enterprises are moving application testing and development onto public cloud infrastructure, taking advantage of its agility and elasticity to speed time to market. Using Cohesity CloudSpin, users can instantly convert backup data stored on Cohesity DataPlatform into a new virtual machine for testing or development in the cloud. It's also announced (...) -- [Continue Reading]
  • 15:42
    Most hotel chains these days rely on some sort of electronic key card mechanism rather than more traditional locks. Researchers at F-Secure have found that hotels worldwide are using an electronic lock system with a flaw that could be exploited by an attacker to gain access to any room in the building. The attack involves using any ordinary electronic key to the target facility -- even one that's long expired, discarded, or used to access spaces such as a garage or closet. Using information on the key, the researchers are able to create a master key with privileges to open… [Continue (...) -- [Continue Reading]
  • 15:15
    Although endpoint security solutions have improved, a new survey of IT security professionals finds that three quarters believe their existing anti-malware solutions would be able to prevent no more than 70 percent of infections. The study from anti-evasion specialist Minerva Labs shows nearly half of the respondents surveyed (48 percent) say that they have seen about the same number of malware infections than previous years while 32 percent claim to have seen an increase in infections. The malware evasion techniques that pose the biggest concern are avoidance of malware analysis and (...) -- [Continue Reading]
  • 15:08
    While the likes of Google and Apple are making some headway in the home voice assistant market, Amazon remains king. Part of the reason for its success (beyond simply being the first to market) is the retail giant offers a range of Alexa compatible devices to suit every need and budget. Today, it adds another device to its range, targeting a different, but inevitable demographic -- Echo Dot Kids Edition. This new Echo Dot is -- from a technology point of view -- the same as other Echo Dots, but because it’s aimed specifically at children it has some important… [Continue (...) -- D1CwkB6dA8S.mp4, [Continue Reading]
  • 13:29
    Opera Software has launched Opera Touch 1.0 a mobile app for Android (with iOS due to nofollow shortly). It joins existing mobile apps Opera and Opera Mini. The new app is designed to work in tandem with Opera’s desktop browser using Flow, a means of instantly sharing tabs between desktop and mobile. It’s also been optimized to facilitate fast web searches and for one-handed use. The main feature is Flow, which works in tandem with the recently updated Opera 52.0.2871.97 desktop browser. Users link mobile and computer through a QR code -- go to Speed Dial in the desktop browser… [Continue (...) -- [Continue Reading]








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