Apple Keynote 9.1 released
1 month, 2 weeks ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 27 votes

  • Using face detection, subjects in photos are intelligently positioned in placeholders and objects. - support.apple.com
  • Place images, shapes, and equations inline in text boxes so they move with text. - support.apple.com
  • Style your text by filling it with gradients or images, or by applying new outline styles. - support.apple.com
  • Edit master slides while collaborating on a presentation. - support.apple.com

Yield curve blares loudest US recession warning since 2007
2 weeks ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 7 votes

  • Many major investors expect this slide in 10-year yields to continue given the risk this creates for markets. - www.msn.com
  • He says the signal from the curve suggests money markets should be pricing in a higher probability of the Fed’s policy rate going to zero in the coming year. - www.msn.com

India to send rover to the moon
1 month ago by kyle | 8 facts | 0 comments | 18 votes

  • India is launching a mission to send an orbiter, lander and rover to the lunar south pole. - www.space.com
  • The $142 million Chandrayaan-2 is a successor to India's first moon mission, Chandrayaan-1, which launched into lunar orbit in 2008. - www.space.com
  • Chandrayaan-2 and its sister craft will spend 27 days in lunar orbit before releasing the Vikram lander and its Pragyan rover. - www.space.com
  • India has called off the July 14th, 2019 launch attempt of the Chandrayaan-2 moon mission due to a "technical snag." - www.space.com
  • Chandrayaan-2 would make India only the fourth country to make a soft landing on the moon. - www.space.com
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Spotify to shut down direct upload for artists
1 month, 2 weeks ago by john | 3 facts | 1 comments | 26 votes

  • The company announced the change on Monday, saying it will close the beta program and stop accepting direct uploads by the end of July. - www.altpress.com
  • The direct upload function began last September, allowing independent artists to utilize the streaming site without distribution methods. - www.altpress.com
  • Spotify has changed the way artists can upload music, now prohibiting individual musicians from putting their songs on the streaming service directly. - www.altpress.com

Facebook to launch its own cryptocurrency
1 month, 4 weeks ago by kyle | 5 facts | 1 comments | 32 votes


Apple to stop using butterfly keyboards
1 month, 2 weeks ago by kyle | 6 facts | 1 comments | 22 votes

  • Apple is offering free repairs to customers with defective and broken butterfly keyboards. - support.apple.com
  • Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo forcasts that the new 2019 MacBook air will use a traditional scissor-based instead of a butterfly mechanism. - appleinsider.com
  • Apple ditching the butterfly mechanism used in MacBooks since 2015. - 9to5mac.com
  • People have reported issues such as non-functional keys, strange high-pitched sounds on some keys, and keys with a non-uniform feel on the butterfly keyboards. - www.macrumors.com
  • Jony Ive recently left Apple to start his own design firm. - news.hoxly.com
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Danny Cohen has died
5 days ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 1 votes

  • He was a graduate student in the math department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1965 to 1967.[citation needed] - en.wikipedia.org
  • In 1981, he adapted the visual simulator to run over the ARPANet which was an early application of packet switching networks to real-time applications. - en.wikipedia.org
  • In 1993, he worked on Distributed Interactive Simulation through several projects funded by the United States Department of Defense (DoD). - en.wikipedia.org
  • Danny Cohen died August 12th - news.ycombinator.com

Zorin OS 15 Released
1 month, 4 weeks ago by kyle | 15 facts | 1 comments | 29 votes


AT&T suffers from 911 outage
1 month, 2 weeks ago by john | 8 facts | 0 comments | 20 votes

  • “AT&T cellular is experiencing a 911 issue,” an emergency services Twitter account in Indiana said in a tweet from first responders. - www.theverge.com
  • The company says "This has been resolved and we apologize to anyone who was affected." - www.cnet.com
  • A 911 outage prevented AT&T customers from calling emergency services for hours this morning, officials in multiple states said. - www.theverge.com
  • Until the issue is resolved, AT&T customers can access Arlington 911 by either calling 817-274-4444 or utilizing a landline. - www.theverge.com
  • The alternate number during this time for Minneapolis is 612-348-2345. - twitter.com
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Pinebook Pro available for pre-order on July 25, 2019
1 month, 1 week ago by kyle | 7 facts | 1 comments | 17 votes

  • Pinebook Pro pre-orders start July 25, 2019 - www.pine64.org
  • It will offer hardware switches to toggle Bluetooth/Wifi, Webcam, and Microphone. - www.pine64.org
  • Initially the Pinebook Pro will support Linux, Chromium OS, and Android. - www.pine64.org
  • It will support installing and runing regular Linux applications on Chromium OS pretty much as if they were native Linux applications. - www.pine64.org
  • Pine64, the US-based company behind a growing range of ARM-powered Linux devices, say PineBook preorders will go live July 25, 2019. - www.omgubuntu.co.uk
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Jeffrey Epstein accused of running a sex trafficking ring
1 month, 1 week ago by kyle | 5 facts | 0 comments | 16 votes

  • Authorities say he paid underage girls for massages and then molested them at his homes in Florida and New York in the early 2000s. - www.latimes.com
  • Epstein faces a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison if convicted. - www.cnbc.com
  • He is registered as a sex offender in Florida under a nonprosecution agreement he signed with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami. - www.cnbc.com
  • Federal prosecutors announced sex trafficking and conspiracy charges against wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein. - www.latimes.com
  • The girls were as young as 14 years old. - www.ibtimes.com

Debian 10 "Buster" released
1 month, 2 weeks ago by kyle | 7 facts | 1 comments | 17 votes

  • Over 91% of the source packages included in Debian 10 are reproducible builds. - www.debian.org
  • Debian 10.0 was released July 6th, 2019. - www.debian.org
  • GNOME defaults to using the Wayland display server instead of Xorg. - www.debian.org
  • Ten architectures are supported: amd64, i386, ppc64el, s390x, armel, armhf, arm64, mips, mipsel, and mips64el. - www.debian.org
  • Available desktops: Cinnamon 3.8, GNOME 3.30, KDE Plasma 5.14, LXDE 0.99.2, LXQt 0.14, MATE 1.20, Xfce 4.12. - www.debian.org
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Raspberry Pi 4 released
1 month, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 12 facts | 1 comments | 24 votes


Verizon and a BGP Optimizer Knocked Large Parts of the Internet Offline
1 month, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 10 facts | 1 comments | 23 votes

  • This should never have happened because Verizon should never have forwarded those routes to the rest of the Internet. - blog.cloudflare.com
  • A small company in Northern Pennsylvania became a preferred path of many Internet routes through Verizon (AS701), a major Internet transit provider. - blog.cloudflare.com
  • The network team at Cloudflare reached out to the networks involved, AS33154 (DQE Communications) and AS701 (Verizon). - blog.cloudflare.com
  • Route leak prevention using IRR, RPKI, and prefix limits - blog.cloudflare.com
  • IRR filtering would not have increased Verizon's costs or limited their service in any way. - blog.cloudflare.com
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Boeing creates $100 million 737 Max victim fund
1 month, 2 weeks ago by john | 5 facts | 0 comments | 18 votes

  • Boeing is starting a $100 million fund for the families and communities of the people who died in the two 737 Max crashes since last October. - www.theverge.com
  • These funds will support education, hardship and living expenses for impacted families, community programs, and economic development in impacted communities. - boeing.mediaroom.com
  • Boeing employees can also make donations which will be matched by Boeing through December 31, 2019 - boeing.mediaroom.com
  • A lawyer who is representing the families of 23 victims on the crash, said that the announcement is not going over well with the families he's spoken with. - www.businessinsider.com
  • Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said, "We hope this initial outreach can help bring them comfort." - www.usatoday.com

S&P 500 jumps above 3,000
1 month, 1 week ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 14 votes

  • Stocks reached record highs Wednesday after testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell bolstered the case for easier monetary policy in the U.S. - www.cnbc.com
  • The S&P 500 briefly broke above 3,000 for the first time, while the Nasdaq Composite and Dow Jones Industrial Average also reached all-time highs. - www.cnbc.com
  • The S&P 500 gained 0.6% to break above 3,000 for the first time ever as the energy and tech sectors outperformed. - www.usatoday.com

US government approves T-Mobile/Sprint merger
3 weeks, 3 days ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 5 votes

  • The DOJ's approval is not the last one T-Mobile and Sprint need, because 13 states and the District of Columbia sued the companies to block the merger. - arstechnica.com
  • The Justice Department today announced its approval of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger as part of a settlement. - www.justice.gov
  • The DOJ convinced the companies to sell Dish spectrum licenses, wholesale network access, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. - arstechnica.com

7-Eleven Japan to suspend payment app after hack
1 month, 1 week ago by kyle | 5 facts | 0 comments | 14 votes

  • The app allowed password resets to be sent to any arbitary email address instead of the only verified account owners. - www.zdnet.com
  • A hacker only needed to know a 7pay user's email address, date of birth, and phone number. - www.zdnet.com
  • 7-Eleven Japan shut down its mobile payment app after hackers stole $500,000 from users - www.theverge.com
  • The vulnerability caused about 900 customers to have money stolen. - www.zdnet.com
  • Birthdays defaulted to January 1, 2019 if the user did not enter one. - www.zdnet.com

British Airways faces record £183m fine for data breach
1 month, 1 week ago by kyle | 8 facts | 1 comments | 13 votes

  • British Airways is facing a record fine of £183m for last year's breach of its security systems. - www.bbc.com
  • The ICO said in a statement that the fine is related to infringements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). - techcrunch.com
  • Cybercriminals diverted traffic from the British Airways website to a fraudulent site through which they harvested data from unwitting customers. - www.siliconrepublic.com
  • About 500,000 customers had their information leaked - www.siliconrepublic.com
  • The ICO said it was the biggest penalty it had handed out and the first to be made public under new rules. - www.bbc.com
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Ubuntu MATE is changing the default video player from VLC to GNOME MPV
1 month, 4 weeks ago by kyle | 4 facts | 1 comments | 21 votes

  • Lead developer Martin Wimpress says "The reasons for switching to GNOME MPV are similar to swapping out Thunderbird for Evolution; better desktop integration." - www.patreon.com
  • The change will take place in Ubuntu MATE 19.10 - www.patreon.com
  • GNOME MPV will soon be renamed to Celluloid - www.omgubuntu.co.uk
  • GNOME MPV takes up a comparatively svelte 27MB on the ISO image, whereas Qt5-based VLC requires closer to 70MB. - www.omgubuntu.co.uk

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