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

  • A second 7.1 magnitude earthquake occured on July 6th, 2019. - www.nytimes.com
  • A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California on July 4th, 2019. - www.latimes.com
  • LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city experienced "no significant damage." - twitter.com
  • Los Angeles International Airport released a statement saying all runways were inspected with no reported damage to the airfield or the Sepulveda tunnel. - twitter.com
  • Centered in a remote desert area some 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. - www.npr.org
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YouTube bans instructional hacking videos
2 months, 3 weeks ago by john | 2 facts | 1 comments | 52 votes

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

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

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

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

  • We’re adding a deep learning model which significantly improves suggestion quality. - tabnine.com
  • The model also uses documentation written in natural language to infer function names, parameters, and return types: - tabnine.com
  • In the past, many users said they wished TabNine came with pre-existing knowledge, instead of looking only at the user’s current project. - tabnine.com
  • 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. - tabnine.com
  • So we are offering a service that will allow you to use TabNine’s servers for GPU-accelerated autocompletion. - tabnine.com
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Facebook to launch its own cryptocurrency
3 months ago by kyle | 5 facts | 1 comments | 32 votes


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


Apple Keynote 9.1 released
2 months, 3 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

African leaders launch 55-nation trade zone
2 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." - www.dw.com
  • The trade zone will unite 1.3 billion people and create a $3.4 trillion economic bloc - www.dw.com
  • It took African leaders four years to reach an agreement on the continental free-trade zone - www.dw.com
  • Members have committed to eliminate tariffs on most goods, which will increase trade in the region by 15-25%. - www.nytimes.com
  • Free trade to start in July 2020; lift 90% of tariffs by 2030 - www.bloomberg.com
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Spotify to shut down direct upload for artists
2 months, 3 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

Raspberry Pi 4 released
3 months ago by kyle | 12 facts | 1 comments | 24 votes


Verizon and a BGP Optimizer Knocked Large Parts of the Internet Offline
3 months 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. - blog.cloudflare.com
  • This should never have happened because Verizon should never have forwarded those routes to the rest of the Internet. - blog.cloudflare.com
  • Massive route leak impacts major parts of the Internet, including Cloudflare - blog.cloudflare.com
  • 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... - blog.cloudflare.com
  • It doesn't cost a provider like Verizon anything to have such limits in place. - blog.cloudflare.com
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Apple to stop using butterfly keyboards
2 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. - 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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Ubuntu MATE is changing the default video player from VLC to GNOME MPV
3 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." - 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

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

  • i386 will not be included as an architecture for the 19.10 release - lists.ubuntu.com
  • Canonical says Ubuntu will now continue to build and maintain a 32-bit archive going forward — albeit, not a full one. - www.omgubuntu.co.uk
  • The i386 repo will still be available, however packages will be frozen at the 18.04 versions - discourse.ubuntu.com
  • Upgrades have been disabled from 18.04 to 18.10 for i386 system - lists.ubuntu.com
  • 1% of Ubuntu user's are on the 32-bit version Ubuntu 18.04 LTS which is supported until 2023 - www.omgubuntu.co.uk
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AT&T suffers from 911 outage
2 months, 3 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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Apple considers moving iPhone production from China
3 months ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 20 votes


Bill Gates calls failure to fight Android his “greatest mistake”
3 months 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. - arstechnica.com
  • 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. - arstechnica.com
  • Google was investing in mobile before the iPhone was announced, having acquired Andy Rubin's Android, Inc. in 2005. - arstechnica.com
  • 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. - arstechnica.com
  • 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. - arstechnica.com

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


Boeing creates $100 million 737 Max victim fund
2 months, 3 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

Ubuntu replacing Chromium deb with snap
3 months ago by kyle | 5 facts | 1 comments | 18 votes

  • Initially, the transition will be happening exclusively for Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) users - community.ubuntu.com
  • Eventually it will be rolled out to stable releases, starting with disco and then the LTSes - community.ubuntu.com
  • The deb packages have been updated in eoan to install the stable snap on upgrade or new install - community.ubuntu.com
  • Currently, Chromium needs to be build separetly for each Ubuntu release but the snap will allow one build to run on all releases - community.ubuntu.com
  • Chromedriver has been patched so that existing Selenium scripts should keep working without modifications - community.ubuntu.com

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