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  • FCC proposes blocking robocalls by default

    05/15/2019 8:14:57 AM PDT · by Innovative · 28 replies
    Endagadget ^ | May 15, 2019 | Christine Fisher
    The ruling could give carriers legal protections in blocking spam calls. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been fighting robocalls for years, but as anyone with a cell phone can tell you, they're still getting through. Now, the Commission wants to make it legal for phone companies to block unwanted robocalls by default. Chairman Anji Pai has circulated a declaratory ruling that, if adopted, would give carriers permission to develop new call blocking tools. The ruling could also allow consumers to prohibit calls from numbers that aren't on their contact lists. The proposed change targets spam robocalls that hijack legitimate,...
  • WhatsApp urges users to update app after discovering spyware vulnerability

    05/14/2019 12:37:28 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 5 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 5/14/19 | Julia Carrie Wong
    The spyware, developed by Israeli cyber intelligence company, used infected phone calls to take over the functions of operating systems WhatsApp is encouraging users to update to the latest version of the app after discovering a vulnerability that allowed spyware to be injected into a user’s phone through the app’s phone call function.The spyware was developed by the Israeli cyber intelligence company NSO Group, according to the Financial Times, which first reported the vulnerability.Attackers could transmit the malicious code to a target’s device by calling the user and infecting the call whether or not the recipient answered the call. Logs of the...
  • Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police

    04/13/2019 9:30:55 AM PDT · by Theoria · 41 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 April 2019 | JENNIFER VALENTINO-DeVRIES
    When detectives in a Phoenix suburb arrested a warehouse worker in a murder investigation last December, they credited a new technique with breaking open the case after other leads went cold. The police told the suspect, Jorge Molina, they had data tracking his phone to the site where a man was shot nine months earlier. They had made the discovery after obtaining a search warrant that required Google to provide information on all devices it recorded near the killing, potentially capturing the whereabouts of anyone in the area. Investigators also had other circumstantial evidence, including security video of someone firing...
  • Watch Out! These 10 Phone Call Scams Could Steal Your Money

    03/16/2019 6:25:52 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 131 replies
    Readers Digest ^ | no date given | Marissa Laliberte
    Those scammers are sneakier than youd think, but you need to protect your money and information.
  • How to end the Scammers, Spammers and Phone Telemarketers

    03/13/2019 1:08:05 PM PDT · by Vendome · 97 replies
    My VainGlorious Self | 3/13/19 | Vendome
    I hate these Spammers, Scammers, Liars and Cheats who constantly call me. I use an App called "Hiya" and works very well blocking many of these jerks. But, I received a call last week from the NRA to renew my membership. Legitimate call? Sure but, they spoofed their number and it was close enough to customers number so, I took the call. The NPA was 415 and this guy was calling from Virginia. Tried to politely get him off the phone and eventually did. However, I am still hacked about the spoofing even if I am an NRA member. So,...
  • Anthony Weiner could get access to cell phone at halfway house: resident

    02/24/2019 4:32:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 2/18/19 | NOAH GOLDBERG, SHAYNA JACOBS
    Disgraced politician Anthony Weiner, AKA Carlos Danger in online profiles he used for sexting and swapping saucy photos, is at a Bronx halfway house after his early release from prison. And even though he shouldnt have a cell phone per house rules, a fellow resident of the Fordham Manor house told the Daily News on Monday that inmates in the good graces of staff often get to keep their phones. **SNIP** I feel like he shouldnt be out to be honest. Hes a sexual predator, 15-years-old, the resident said. The resident said hes a father of two who thinks of...
  • Looking for a New Cellphone to Replace Flipphone. Best OS for Privacy, Connectivity?

    01/06/2019 2:21:10 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 114 replies
    01.06.19 | chickesoup
    I am thinking of getting a cell phone to replace my beloved ENV3. What is the Best OS for Privacy, Connectivity and Reliability? Most memory? My emails are currently with time Warner with accounts that go back 30 years. I run two businesses out of email and phone currently, how do I make the switch? I am not a fan of clouds. What do you recommend? Who would I get to set it up?
  • Apple and Samsung fined for slowing down phones with updates

    10/25/2018 8:30:54 AM PDT · by fireman15 · 12 replies
    CNET ^ | October 25, 2018 | Marrian Zhou
    Apple and Samsung were fined Wednesday for software updates that Italy's antitrust watchdog said slowed down users' phones. The Italian Competition Authority, or AGCM, fined Apple and Samsung 5 million euros (about $5.7 million) each for releasing software updates that "significantly reduced" the performance of phones, the AGCM said in a statement. Both companies urged people to install updates that weren't "adequately supported by their devices," the AGCM said, adding that Apple and Samsung failed to provide customers with an "effective way to recover the full functionality of their devices." This pushed consumers to buy new devices, according to the...
  • College socialist angry after Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) nationalizes his phone

    10/14/2018 9:21:30 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 17 replies
    A member of the Young Democratic Socialists of America at Georgia Tech University is furious at Sen. David Perdue after the Georgia Republican nationalized his phone while campaigning for gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp: Give me my phone back, senator exclaimed the young man who wants the government to take other peoples property: So its only OK if the government takes someone elses property and not your own? WEIRD! Also, these are the people who are pissed at Sen. Perdue right now: Its going to be a really, really short Revolution if this is how they act. Sen. Perdue did quickly...
  • How Does One Decipher the Code at the Top of a Cell Phone Pic?

    06/16/2018 4:35:13 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 38 replies
    chickesoup | 06.16.18 | chickensoup
    can someone tell me how to understand the codes that come with cell phone pictures. I always thought one set was date/time? Here is an example: 18056836_10154959675391858_2691316434841852196_n.jpg I thought that there was some sort of rhyme or reason to the numbers.
  • Forget Your Phone? New Machine Prints Tweets In Your Beer

    06/14/2018 1:57:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 06/14/2018
    Norrlands Guld and its ad agency kestam Host say the 2014 World Cup was the most-tweeted event ever, with 672 million posts on Twitter throughout the sporting event, so The Social Beer is an effort to harness the power of the 2018 Cup. Dont look for the machine in the U.S. The foamy tweets will only be able at a few Swedish bars during the World Cup.
  • Senate panel overwhelmingly approves amendment blocking Trump on ZTE

    05/22/2018 12:27:32 PM PDT · by Theoria · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 22 May 2018 | Harper Reidig
    A Senate panel on Tuesday rebuked President Trump's efforts to ease sanctions on the Chinese telecom firm ZTE, which the intelligence community and trade regulators have warned poses a national security risk for the U.S. The Senate Banking Committee approved an amendment in an overwhelming and bipartisan 23-2 vote that would block Trump from easing sanctions on ZTE without first certifying to Congress that the company is complying with U.S. law. The move comes the same day The Wall Street Journal reported that the Trump administration and China are closing in on a deal to ease off ZTE in exchange...
  • Trump talks to Hannity on the phone nearly every night to decompress: report

    05/16/2018 2:01:28 PM PDT · by Signalman · 49 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 8/15/2018 | Jessica Chia
    Fox News host Sean Hannity calls the White House switchboard nearly every night after his show to speak to President Trump, according to a new report. Hannity, who sometimes talks to Trump multiple times a day, "fills the political void" left by former White House strategist Stephen Bannon, according to a source who spoke to New York Magazine. And with Melania Trump reportedly sleeping in a separate bedroom, the President relies on Hannity "to decompress" at the end of the day, according to the report. Former White House staffers Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer launched a campaign to limit Trump's...
  • Feds tapped Cohen's phone, intercepted White House call: report

    05/03/2018 12:38:26 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/03/18 01:14 PM EDT | Jordan Fabian, Lydia Wheeler and Brooke Seipel
    Federal investigators tapped the phone lines of President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, according to a bombshell report by NBC News. The report, citing one source with direct knowledge, said at least one call between the White House and a phone line associated with Cohen was intercepted. The wiretap could dramatically raise the legal stakes for Trump if any potential conversations with his longtime lawyer were swept up by investigators, who are conducting a wide-ranging criminal probe into Cohens business activities. According to NBC News, it is unclear how long the phone had been wiretapped or when it was authorized,...
  • How can someone highjack my cellphone number

    04/19/2018 5:53:56 AM PDT · by killermosquito · 46 replies
    freerepublic.com ^ | 4/19/2018 | killermosquito
    On three or four occasions my cell phone number has been hijacked in someway that I have received phone calls and text messages as though it would seem from myself. Yesterday, the text message I received from myself and the image associated with the non-person who used my cellphone number to send me a text message used an image which I have saved on the cell phone. WHAT THE HECK? ANY SUGGESTIONS?
  • I am so sick of "Emergency Phone-calls"

    03/06/2018 3:47:21 PM PST · by ml/nj · 45 replies
    vanity | March 6, 2018 | ML/NJ
    My phones are ringing off the hooks with robocalls from smug politicians telling me that it's going to snow tomorrow. (I listened to the first ten seconds of the first call.) So far my town and my county, judging by the caller-ids, have called. (Their system isn't sophisticated enough to recognize that they are calling duplicate addresses so I get two of each of these annoying calls.) How stupid do these people think we are? What do they think we all did before they had their "emergency phone system"? ML/NJ
  • How to test your smartphone's speed... And improve its performance.

    02/21/2018 9:56:38 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    www.popsci.com ^ | 02/20/2018 | By David Nield
    Is your handset doing its best? Alvaro Reyes via Unsplash _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ After a year or two, your trusty smartphone may not race along at the same speed it used to. You might feel like it has slowed down a little, but before you go in for an upgrade, you should be more scientific about your hunch. To know for sure whether there's a drop-off, here's how to run some benchmarks and speed tests on your phoneand boost its performance if it falls short. Benchmark basics On personal computers, benchmarking has been around for years. Benchmarks are tests that measure the...
  • Friendly Reminder: Please Don't Bite Your Phone Battery

    01/24/2018 11:42:53 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    CNET ^ | JANUARY 23, 2018 | CHRIS MATYSZCZYK\
    Commentary: In a video posted online, a customer reportedly wants to check if a new battery is authentic -- using his teeth. Cue explosion.Some things might seem obvious. But even these things are worth mentioning occasionally. Please, therefore, allow me to say these words: Don't bite your phone battery. I base this apparently absurd entreaty on a video that's making its way around the web. It appears to show someone in a Chinese electronics store. As the Taiwan News reports, the customer was looking for a replacement battery for his phone last Friday. The news outlet insists that the action...
  • Surprise! Apple Will Soon Let You Disable iPhone Throttling

    01/18/2018 7:48:38 AM PST · by fireman15 · 18 replies
    tomsguide.com ^ | Jan 18, 2018 | DON REISINGER
    Upset that Apple has been slowing down older iPhones to prevent battery degradation? The company will let you disable this sort of throttling with an upcoming iOS update. But that doesn't mean you should. In an interview published last night (Jan. 17) by ABC News, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that a developer beta of iOS coming next month will provide users with more information on their states of their battery and will ultimately throttle CPU performance if things are going awry. It will be released to the public soon after. The feature has caught the ire of those...
  • XKCD "Phone Security" [silly]

    12/27/2017 9:01:02 AM PST · by Dr. Sivana · 8 replies
    xkcd.com ^ | 12/27/2017 | Randall Munroe
    Just a little break from the regular politics and economics.