US and UK agree to force WhatsApp backdoor
4 months, 3 weeks ago by feanaro | 1 facts | 1 comments | 70 votes

  • A new treaty between the UK and the US will force Facebook to share encrypted WhatsApp messages with British police, according to reports. -

Southern California hit by earthquake
7 months, 2 weeks ago by john | 6 facts | 0 comments | 62 votes

  • A second 7.1 magnitude earthquake occured on July 6th, 2019. -
  • A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California on July 4th, 2019. -
  • LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city experienced "no significant damage." -
  • Los Angeles International Airport released a statement saying all runways were inspected with no reported damage to the airfield or the Sepulveda tunnel. -
  • Centered in a remote desert area some 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. -
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YouTube bans instructional hacking videos
7 months, 2 weeks ago by john | 2 facts | 1 comments | 53 votes

  • Showing users how to bypass secure computer systems or steal user credentials and personal data is now prohibited by YouTube's community guidelines. -
  • YouTube froze Kody Kinzie's longrunning Cyber Weapons Lab channel, citing a policy that bans "Instructional hacking". -

GNOME adds drag-and-drop folder creation to applications overview
7 months, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 2 facts | 1 comments | 47 votes

  • GNOME developer Georges Basile Stavracas Neto is behind the change -
  • Previously the only way to create or edit app folders was using GNOME Software -

TabNine: Autocompletion with deep learning
7 months ago by b | 13 facts | 0 comments | 36 votes

  • We’re adding a deep learning model which significantly improves suggestion quality. -
  • The model also uses documentation written in natural language to infer function names, parameters, and return types: -
  • In the past, many users said they wished TabNine came with pre-existing knowledge, instead of looking only at the user’s current project. -
  • Deep TabNine requires a lot of computing power: running the model on a laptop would not deliver the low latency that TabNine’s users have come to expect. -
  • So we are offering a service that will allow you to use TabNine’s servers for GPU-accelerated autocompletion. -
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Facebook to launch its own cryptocurrency
8 months ago by kyle | 5 facts | 1 comments | 32 votes

Zorin OS 15 Released
8 months ago by kyle | 15 facts | 1 comments | 29 votes

African leaders launch 55-nation trade zone
7 months, 2 weeks ago by john | 9 facts | 1 comments | 27 votes

  • Amaka Anku, Africa analyst at Eurasia group, said the deal was a positive step but AfCFTA was still "a long way from taking off." -
  • The trade zone will unite 1.3 billion people and create a $3.4 trillion economic bloc -
  • It took African leaders four years to reach an agreement on the continental free-trade zone -
  • Members have committed to eliminate tariffs on most goods, which will increase trade in the region by 15-25%. -
  • Free trade to start in July 2020; lift 90% of tariffs by 2030 -
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Apple Keynote 9.1 released
7 months, 2 weeks ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 27 votes

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

Spotify to shut down direct upload for artists
7 months, 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. -
  • The direct upload function began last September, allowing independent artists to utilize the streaming site without distribution methods. -
  • Spotify has changed the way artists can upload music, now prohibiting individual musicians from putting their songs on the streaming service directly. -

Raspberry Pi 4 released
7 months, 4 weeks ago by kyle | 12 facts | 1 comments | 24 votes

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

  • A small company in Northern Pennsylvania became a preferred path of many Internet routes through Verizon (AS701), a major Internet transit provider. -
  • This should never have happened because Verizon should never have forwarded those routes to the rest of the Internet. -
  • Massive route leak impacts major parts of the Internet, including Cloudflare -
  • Even if they had sufficient capacity DQE, Allegheny and Verizon were not allowed to say they had the best route to Cloudflare, Amazon, Linode, etc... -
  • It doesn't cost a provider like Verizon anything to have such limits in place. -
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Apple to stop using butterfly keyboards
7 months, 2 weeks ago by kyle | 6 facts | 1 comments | 22 votes

  • Apple is offering free repairs to customers with defective and broken butterfly keyboards. -
  • Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo forcasts that the new 2019 MacBook air will use a traditional scissor-based instead of a butterfly mechanism. -
  • Apple ditching the butterfly mechanism used in MacBooks since 2015. -
  • 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. -
  • Jony Ive recently left Apple to start his own design firm. -
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Ubuntu MATE is changing the default video player from VLC to GNOME MPV
8 months 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." -
  • The change will take place in Ubuntu MATE 19.10 -
  • GNOME MPV will soon be renamed to Celluloid -
  • GNOME MPV takes up a comparatively svelte 27MB on the ISO image, whereas Qt5-based VLC requires closer to 70MB. -

Ubuntu to drop 32-bit support
8 months ago by kyle | 7 facts | 1 comments | 20 votes

  • i386 will not be included as an architecture for the 19.10 release -
  • Canonical says Ubuntu will now continue to build and maintain a 32-bit archive going forward — albeit, not a full one. -
  • The i386 repo will still be available, however packages will be frozen at the 18.04 versions -
  • Upgrades have been disabled from 18.04 to 18.10 for i386 system -
  • 1% of Ubuntu user's are on the 32-bit version Ubuntu 18.04 LTS which is supported until 2023 -
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Apple considers moving iPhone production from China
8 months ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 20 votes

AT&T suffers from 911 outage
7 months, 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. -
  • The company says "This has been resolved and we apologize to anyone who was affected." -
  • A 911 outage prevented AT&T customers from calling emergency services for hours this morning, officials in multiple states said. -
  • Until the issue is resolved, AT&T customers can access Arlington 911 by either calling 817-274-4444 or utilizing a landline. -
  • The alternate number during this time for Minneapolis is 612-348-2345. -
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Bill Gates calls failure to fight Android his “greatest mistake”
7 months, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 5 facts | 0 comments | 19 votes

  • "There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share," Ballmer once told USA Today. -
  • The launch of the iPhone was a huge inflection point in the tech landscape, and the way companies reacted to it would shape their fortune for years to come. -
  • Google was investing in mobile before the iPhone was announced, having acquired Andy Rubin's Android, Inc. in 2005. -
  • Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates recently gave a wide-ranging interview to VC firm Village Global, and at one point, the topic of mobile came up. -
  • Today, Android owns 85 percent of the smartphone OS market and is the most popular operating system in the world—mobile or otherwise—just ahead of Windows. -

Google is killing YouTube’s “Hangouts on Air” this year
8 months ago by kyle | 4 facts | 1 comments | 18 votes

Boeing creates $100 million 737 Max victim fund
7 months, 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. -
  • These funds will support education, hardship and living expenses for impacted families, community programs, and economic development in impacted communities. -
  • Boeing employees can also make donations which will be matched by Boeing through December 31, 2019 -
  • 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. -
  • Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said, "We hope this initial outreach can help bring them comfort." -