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  • Apple macOS vulnerability paves the way for system compromise with a single click

    08/14/2018 12:57:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    ZDNet ^ | By Charlie Osborne for Zero Day | August 13, 2018
    A security researcher uncovered a zero-day in Apple software by tweaking a few lines of code. Speaking at Defcon in Las Vegas last week, Patrick Wardle, Chief Research Officer of Digita Security, described his research into "synthetic" interactions with a user interface (UI) that can lead to severe macOS system security issues. Synthetic events are when attackers can virtually "click" objects in order to load code without user consent. If a threat actor is able to "click" a security prompt and load a kernel extension, this could lead to the full compromise of an operating system. "Via a single click,...
  • You Can Turn Off Tracking On Your Phone, But Google Is Still Tracking You

    08/14/2018 9:14:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/14/2018 | Jazz Shaw
    After people began getting a bit antsy about how their phones were tracking their every move for the past several years, Google felt a need to respond. After all, their former motto was something about not being evil and you need to give the customer what they want. (Within reason.) CNBC covered an announcement from the company back in May which explained how easy it was.It boiled down to a few basic bullet points: “Google has new tools that let you easily turn off everything it logs about you. You can turn off location history, Google Search results, YouTube...
  • Monster Hunter: World no longer available in China

    08/13/2018 7:08:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Polygon.com ^ | Aug 13, 2018, 12:30pm EDT | By Charlie Hall
    It was a marquee title on its newly refreshed WeGame platform, soon to be a global online storefront and potential Steam competitor. But, days after launch, the Chinese government elected to halt the sale of Monster Hunter: World citing non-specific customer complaints. The Chinese government regularly requires games to be modified for its citizens. Most recently, when PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was picked up by Tencent, it was noted that the game would need to be retooled to align with “socialist core values.” Neither the developers at PUBG Corp. nor Tencent would elaborate on what that would entail. The Financial Times, citing...
  • The Jig Is Not Yet Up: Kim Jong-Un Turns to Cyber Crime

    08/13/2018 9:44:38 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    Korea Economic Institute ^ | July 2018 | Linnea Logie
    North Korea is rapidly amassing capabilities with arguably greater destructive potential than nuclear or ballistic missiles. Pyongyang’s elaborate licit and illicit financial networks grow more sophisticated and its army of cyber warriors grows more adept with each passing day, posing fearsome threats to Northeast Asia, the United States, and the entire international system. Meanwhile, behind a veil of nuclear belligerence, the ruling Kim family has been quietly and painstakingly preparing to fight the next war: a “Secret War” waged not with guns and bullets, but with information and network access. Former NSA deputy director Chris Inglis describes cyber as a...
  • Need Tech Help about PC's CPU - Vanity

    08/13/2018 6:36:01 AM PDT · by savedbygrace · 66 replies
    My PC has been running slowly at times during the past several months. Some time ago, I thought I had done enough troubleshooting to conclude I needed more RAM, so I added 4GB and now have 8GB. However, the slowness continues. Now I see that when I am loading a new web page in my browser, or a web page update with new content, the CPU usage goes up to 70-90%, and that is when it slows for a while. I have tried using Waterfox (64-bit version of Firefox) and Edge with the same symptoms and results, so it isn't...
  • Windows 10 is pulling ahead from Windows 7, says StatCounter

    08/12/2018 5:07:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Windows Report ^ | 08/05/2018 | Matthew Adams
    StatCounter and NetMarketShare are the two primary OS market data sources. Both those sites paint a somewhat different picture regarding Windows 10’s and Windows 7’s market share for desktops and laptops. NetMarketShare highlights that Windows 7 still has the largest user base, but the latest StatCounter data shows that Windows 10 is pulling further ahead of Windows 7.StatCounter’s latest data for July 2018 shows that Windows 10 now has a 47.25% market share, which is just about its largest ever figure to date. Windows 7‘s percentage share has dropped from 39.63% to 39.06% on StatCounter’s graph. Thus, Win 10‘s...
  • Fortnite Streamer 'Ninja' Reveals Why He Doesn't Stream With Female Gamers

    08/12/2018 11:34:22 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    ComicBook.com ^ | August 11, 2018 | Tyler Fischer -
    “I don’t play with female gamers,” said Blevins while speaking with Polygon. And according to the face of Fortnite streaming, it has to do with with the aforementioned rumor culture, the era of clickbait, and how when you have millions of viewers watching you, everything is dissected, everything is prone to be misinterpreted, and even as something as small as a conversation with a female streamer during a stream can be morphed into a storm of gossip that produces fallacious and defacing conclusions. And this makes sense coming from Blevins, who is married, and thus unsurprisingly doesn't want fictitious Internet...
  • Rising sea levels could leave internet cables underwater within 15 years, study says

    08/11/2018 5:32:44 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 86 replies
    AccuWeather.com ^ | August 9, 2018 | Adrianna Novarro
    A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Oregon and the University of Wisconsin says that internet cables will be underwater in 15 years, and it's too late to stop it. Coauthor Dr. Carol Barford said that she and the other researchers had expected to see some overlap in infrastructure and shorelines, but the timing surprised them. "The main thing that we didn't expect was that it would be so soon," Barford told AccuWeather. In 2015, Barford's two coauthors, Paul Barford and Ramakrishnan Durairajan, contributed to a study that mapped out the infrastructure of the internet in the...
  • Tesla shareholders who sell if Musk takes company private will be big losers for one reason: A.I.

    08/10/2018 11:43:51 AM PDT · by Moonman62 · 43 replies
    CNBC ^ | 08/10/18 | Keith Wright
    Tesla is the only company truly advancing AI in its vehicles. Musk made the decision to invest in real-world data analytics early. This leap in technological advancement has left competitors like Alphabet's Waymo, Uber, BMW and GM scrambling in vein to keep pace, and there is a long lineup of companies wanting to partner, including Toyota and Mercedes-Benz. Tesla's early investment and resulting tech have put the company firmly ahead of the pack. To understand how Tesla is unique with AI, you need to understand that Tesla has been collecting billions of miles worth of real-world driving data since 2012,...
  • Colleges Are Rejecting Applicants Who Follow Controversial People On Twitter

    08/09/2018 12:50:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    While major Internet platforms are busy silencing Alex Jones of Infowars.com, prestigious colleges are rejecting applicants who connect on social media with him and others with opinions not considered mainstream. We are not talking about applicants who are retweeting alleged hate speech,  alleged “Fake News”, or alleged hoaxes. We are talking about just following a Twitter feed of someone whose views are frowned upon by members of an admissions committee.While one of my legal clients (a 17 year old teen) was being interviewed by one of the most competitive colleges in the country he was asked why he was following Alex Jones...
  • Facebook ‘regrets’ Indonesia earthquake...gaffe that saw festive animations added to quake messages

    08/08/2018 7:46:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    The Sun ^ | : 8th August 2018, 3:37 pm
    It seems the blunder was impacting posts that contained the word "selamat" – which can mean safe or unhurt, but can also mean congratulations depending on the context. The word was misinterpreted by Facebook's algorithms to mean the latter, causing it to initiate the festive animations whenever it was shared. “This feature (a text animation triggered by typing ‘congrats’) is widely available on Facebook globally, however we regret that it appeared in this unfortunate context and have since turned off the feature locally,” Lisa Stratton, a Facebook spokesperson, told Motherboard in an email. “Our hearts go out to the people...
  • What is recommended photo image upload site? [Vanity]

    08/07/2018 11:59:44 PM PDT · by Reno89519 · 43 replies
    Self ^ | August 8, 2018 | Reno89519
    What sites do you recommend to upload, store, and share images, such as to share here on FR? Specifically, which has Apple app to make that easier from an iPhone or iPad?
  • 6 Terrific Smartphone Operating Systems that are Not Android [or iOS ]

    08/07/2018 11:08:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    en.softonic.com ^ | Apr 20, 2017 | By Patrick Devaney
    Without any shadow of doubt, Android and IOS have dominated the operating systems market for the past few years. This is because they offer a high level of compatibility and flawless support for mobile application. Compatibility and support are what individuals are looking for above all else. However, did you know that there are operating systems other than Android and IOS that offer the same or even better functionalities? Here is a comprehensive list to check out: Ubuntu Touch On the outlook, Ubuntu Touch mimics any other operating system. While Ubuntu Touch trails Android in certain aspects, the latest crop...
  • Called my Senators and Rep to complain about Big Tech Censorship.

    08/07/2018 7:43:24 AM PDT · by DiogenesLamp · 36 replies
    today | Me
    I just called my Senators and Rep to complain about big tech censorship of dissident speech.
  • Bangladesh shuts down mobile internet in protest crackdown

    08/05/2018 6:41:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    al jazeera ^ | 08/05/2018 | Raheela Mahomed & Nihad El Aabedy
    The eight day of protests over road safety have turned more violent with the recent deaths of two students, as police used tear gas break up the demonstrations in Dhaka. Activists say at least four people have been injured.
  • George Gilder Says Facebook (And Google) Central Control Model Is Doomed

    08/04/2018 7:58:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Vident Financial ^ | 08/04/2018
    The timing could not be better. The same week that Facebook stock prices went into full meltdown (the largest one day loss in market history (though that headline is a little bit of hype - percent decline is the real thing to look at)), was also the same week that George Gilder's new book, Life After Google (henceforth LAG), was published.I had the honor of being able to read the original treatment for the book last year and then the pre-pub galleys last month, so I had already read two versions of the book before it went on sale. It...
  • Gallup Poll: 75% of US Investors Think Bitcoin Is 'Very Risky'

    08/03/2018 4:21:32 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 07/30/18 | Madeline Meng Shi
    Three-quarters of U.S. investors with more than $10,000 in stocks, bonds and mutual funds think bitcoin is a "very risky" investment, a new survey revealed Monday. A poll conducted by Gallup and Wells Fargo asked U.S.-based investors about their views on bitcoin, finding that just 2 percent currently own any and more than 70 percent "have no interest in ever buying bitcoin." A further 26 percent are "intrigued" but do not plan to purchase any in the near future, the poll found. The poll surveyed nearly 2,000 adults in the U.S. who have invested either in a retirement savings account...
  • PSE sends racial slur to black woman

    08/02/2018 11:51:38 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 66 replies
    KIRO ^ | 08/01/2018 | Essex Porter
    SEATTLE - An African-American woman says Puget Sound Energy emailed her a racial slur to use as the temporary password to her online account. Erica Conway believes the insult was deliberate and wants the company to get to the bottom of it. “I clicked “forgot password” and got a temporary password from PSE and it was capitol N-I-G-G-A and I was quite shocked.” “It was like an emotional roller coaster. Shock, disbelief, disgusted, angry. It was just yeah, even now I'm just kind of like I cannot believe this. I just can't believe it.” Conway is a longtime volunteer of...
  • Windows 10 turns three years old today: Here's how it's evolved

    08/01/2018 7:17:07 PM PDT · by dayglored · 90 replies
    NeoWin ^ | Jul 29, 2018 | Rich Woods
    On September 30, 2014, Microsoft announced Windows 10, thus changing the firm's operating system as we know it. Windows was going to be serviced, rather than being refreshed every few years. We've learned since then that this means biannual feature updates, along with monthly (sometimes more often) cumulative updates. Indeed, Microsoft was done competing with itself with new versions of Windows. On July 29, 2015, Windows 10 launched, and it was promised that there would never be a Windows 11. Here we are, exactly three years later, when we would normally see the next version of Microsoft's flagship OS. Since...
  • Facebook Censors Story Exposing Company Hauling Away Boxes of Babies Killed in Late-Term Abortions

    08/01/2018 11:17:55 AM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | August 1, 2018 | STAFF
    Facebook is getting more and more backlash from the pro-life movement over its censorship of pro-life content. Now the social media giant is censoring another story — this time it’s one exposing a company that was found to be hauling away boxes of babies killed in late-term abortions. Dozens of LifeNews readers notified us today that they had problems sharing the important story on Facebook. Already, tens of thousands of readers have been informed about a new company working with a late-term abortion clinic processing it’s “medical waste,” which is the bodies of unborn babies killed in abortions up to...