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  • Apple officially discontinues AirPort router product line, available while supplies last

    04/26/2018 2:57:39 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    Appleinsider ^ | April 26, 2018 | By Mikey Campbell
    Apple on Thursday announced the official death of its long-running AirPort Wi-Fi router line, a development many believed to be an inevitability after division responsible for its development was axed more than a year ago. Apple confirmed the demise of its base station lineup in an email to AppleInsider, saying existing stock will be sold through the company's online and brick-and-mortar stores, as well as authorized resellers, until supplies are exhausted. News of the discontinuation comes more than a year after reports claimed Apple broke its AirPort division apart, a sign that it planned to soon ditch the branded wireless...
  • Selling Disks With Free Microsoft Software Lands E-Waste Recycler Stiff Prison Term

    04/26/2018 6:29:18 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 8 replies
    Hot Hardware ^ | 26 April 2018 | Shane McGlaun
    ...Lundgren will serve a 15-month prison sentence and will be forced to pay a $50,000 fine. Lundgren had taken to downloading free software that Microsoft offers to Windows users commonly called restore disks... Many states are actively pushing for legislation that guarantees consumers the right to repair their own gadgets, California has legislation in process to force device makers to provide users and third parties with items needed to repair devices...
  • top story Workshop to lay out defenses against cybercriminals

    04/26/2018 4:45:15 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — Whether shopping online, sending emails or connecting with friends, the internet — while essential — has opened the floodgates for identity theft, fraud and hackers. “In today’s world, understanding how to protect yourself from cybercrime is extremely important,” said Carol Capas, Cochise County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. “While the internet has become an essential part of everyday life, it can also be a breeding ground for cyberattacks.” In an effort to educate the public on how to protect personal and financial information, the CCSO is hosting a Cybercrime Prevention Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday in...
  • Apple today released iOS 11.3.1

    04/26/2018 2:20:06 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | April 24, 2018
    Apple today released iOS 11.3.1 (Build 15E302). iOS 11.3.1 improves the security of your iPhone or iPad and addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 8 devices because they were serviced with non-genuine replacement displays. Note: Non-genuine replacement displays may have compromised visual quality and may fail to work correctly. Apple-certified screen repairs are performed by trusted experts who use genuine Apple parts. See for more information. iOS 11.3.1 (Build 15E302) is for: • iPad Air (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,1) • iPad Air (Cellular) (iPad4,2) • iPad Air (China) (iPad4,3) • iPad mini 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,4) •...
  • Suspected Waffle House Gunman Erased Laptop Hard Drive Weeks Before Shooting

    04/25/2018 4:10:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Travis Reinking, 29, took his laptop to a Nashville repair shop in March and asked the staff to swipe the hard drive. Robert Hartline, the owner of Dang It Repair, told WSMV there was nothing “unusual about the transaction.” About two weeks later, Reinking called the store. He identified himself and asked a technician about an issue with his device. “Sorry, are you wanting to make a backup disk? Or …” a technician asked, according to a recording of the phone call. Reinking interrupted him saying, “You know what I’m talking about.” The technician tells Reinking that he doesn’t understand....
  • password management

    04/25/2018 3:57:45 AM PDT · by paladinkc · 27 replies
    I have run into an issue with my password manager which requires a master password, for some reason I am no longer able to update it which gives me great cause for concern. anyone have recommendations for a really good one other than lastpass? I've been a happy user for years until recently
  • Facial Recognition Deep Learning Software is Surprisingly Good at Identifying Galaxies Too

    04/24/2018 9:06:32 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 24 Apr , 2018 | Matt Williams
    A lot of attention has been dedicated to the machine learning technique known as “deep learning”, where computers are capable of discerning patterns in data without being specifically programmed to do so. In recent years, this technique has been applied to a number of applications, which include voice and facial recognition for social media platforms like Facebook. However, astronomers are also benefiting from deep learning, which is helping them to analyze images of galaxies and understand how they form and evolve. In a new study, a team of international researchers used a deep learning algorithm to analyze images of galaxies...

    04/24/2018 10:32:29 AM PDT · by PMAS · 26 replies
    The Intercept ^ | April 19, 2018 | Claire Brown
  • This is the future [Movie: "The Circle"]

    04/23/2018 7:35:25 AM PDT · by Bikkuri · 34 replies
    IMDB ^ | 4-23-2018 | Bikk
    This is what I was warning about since the BBS days (social networking)...
  • Food Lion to deploy robot associates to 171 stores

    04/22/2018 7:40:33 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 39 replies
    The Produce News ^ | April 20, 2018
    Food Lion has introduced in-store helper Marty the Robot at a store in La Follette, TN. These helpful robots are currently in four Giant/Martin’s stores in Pennsylvania and the brand plans to deploy them to all 171 Giant/Martin’s stores by the end of 2018. These friendly robotic associates have been roaming the aisles of several Giant/Martin’s stores since last year, and now Food Lion is also putting the concept to the test. Marty maneuvers around using advanced artificial intelligence and the same laser imaging technology found in self-driving vehicles. He can perform checks that help the store run more smoothly...
  • Ten things that will disappear in our lifetime.

    04/22/2018 6:13:57 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 325 replies
    email from a friend and scioto ^ | 4/22/2018 | unknown
    Ten Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime 1. The Post Office Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills. 2. The Check Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with check by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks....
  • My GMAIL was spoofed, what can be done?

    04/21/2018 9:25:43 PM PDT · by Hostage · 74 replies
    Free Republic ^ | April 21, 2018 | Hostage
    Somehow my and my 11-year old son's gmail was spoofed, meaning someone is able to send messages out using our gmail accounts. The spoofed emails show up in my sent folder. We changed our Google account passwords. But I am still studying what else to do; not confident I understand how it happened, not confident I've done what needs to be done. My son plays on Xbox Live and I don't know what goes on there but he's smart enough to not give out personal info. I have a 2-step verification process enabled. Here's one of the spoofed messages (I...
  • Does anyone know about the TASKBAR in Windows/XP?

    04/21/2018 7:54:37 AM PDT · by djf · 29 replies
    Ok I did something unknown and unreproducible on my XP machine. The taskbar which is at the bottom and held my start button on the left, my quick launches right next to it, and various icons on the right hand side has suddenly zoomed to be twice as big as it was, vertically. Does anyone know how to reduce it back to a single line and still have the quick launch items on it?
  • Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

    04/20/2018 12:35:28 PM PDT · by dayglored · 53 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 20, 2018 | Richard Speed
    Relive that sphincter-loosening Blue Screen of Death Video Let us pause for a moment and reflect on the fact that 20 years have passed since Windows 98 memorably fell over during Bill Gates' presentation at Comdex.A nervous-looking Chris Capossela, now chief marketing officer at Microsoft, attempted to plug a scanner into a Windows 98 PC while Gates looked on. The intent was to demonstrate the plug-and-play abilities of the upcoming OS. The result was an all-too-familiar Blue Screen of Death (BSoD), and a "whoah..." from Capossela.Youtube Video"That must be why we're not shipping Windows 98 yet," quipped Gates.As Windows 10...
  • Why Lenovo Is The Best Laptop Brand And Apple Fell Off A Cliff

    04/20/2018 11:52:18 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 77 replies
    Tom's Hardware ^ | April 20, 2018 at 6:12 AM | Avram Piltch
    Good laptops complete tasks faster; great laptops make you faster. On the strength of world-class business systems like the X1 Carbon, which helps you get more done, and elegant consumer laptops like the Yoga 920, which lasts all-day long, Lenovo has won Laptop Mag's Best and Worst Brand ratings for the second year in a row. Apple, the former champion, dropped all the way to seventh place in the rankings, which are scored based on innovation, design, support / warranty, value and selection and, most of all, product quality. HP and Dell placed second and third while Acer, Asus, Microsoft,...
  • How can someone highjack my cellphone number

    04/19/2018 5:53:56 AM PDT · by killermosquito · 46 replies ^ | 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?
  • Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

    04/18/2018 3:47:55 PM PDT · by upchuck · 30 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 17, 2018 | Richard Chirgwin
    Facebook's apology-and-explanation machine grinds on, with The Social Network™ posting detail on one of its most controversial activities – how it tracks people who don't use Facebook. The company explained that the post is a partial response to questions CEO Mark Zuckerberg was unable to answer during his senate and Congressional hearings. It's no real surprise that someone using their Facebook Login to sign in to other sites is tracked, but the post by product management director David Baser goes into (a little) detail on other tracking activities – some of which have been known to the outside world for...
  • Zack the Barista Becomes Internet Meme

    04/18/2018 3:02:00 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 56 replies
    Self | April 18, 2018 | PJ-Comix
    LOL! Zack the Barista has become a funny internet meme. You know the guy. The Starbucks barista just standing there and taking it as he is being screamed at via megaphone. Here is one of the memes but there are many others.— Donny Rector (@donnyr71) April 16, 2018
  • Scientists uncover new battery chemical with 50 percent more storage capacity

    04/18/2018 12:13:23 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 36 replies
    V3 ^ | April 16, 2018 | by Lee Bell
    Development could change future smartphone, laptop and car battery technologies Scientists have found a way of using alternative metals in lithium-based batteries that might not only help relieve the issues associated with conflict materials, but also offer more storage capacity in future devices. The research team, led by professors at the University of California, Berkeley, managed to build lithium cathodes with 50 per cent more storage capacity than conventional materials - potentially enabling batteries to be made that can last considerably longer between recharges than current battery technology. This could change how we use technology in the future as these...
  • iPhone X Made 5x the Profit of 600 Android OEMs Combined

    04/18/2018 11:54:17 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 51 replies
    iDropNews ^ | April 17, 2018 | By Mike Peterson
    image Tom's Guide Apple remained the most profitable smartphone brand through the fourth quarter of 2017, according to a new market research report. The Cupertino tech giant managed to capture 86 percent of the total smartphone market profits Q4 2017, even though the premium handset segment didn’t grow as expected, according to a new report by Counterpoint Research (via CNBC). Additionally, the iPhone X accounted for 21 percent of total revenue and 35 percent total of the profits made by the entire industry in the fourth quarter — allowing Apple to grow about 1 percent, year-over-year. That’s despite the fact...