AT&T sued over hidden fee that raises mobile prices above advertised rate
6 months, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 1 facts | 1 comments | 11 votes

  • AT&T is facing a class-action complaint over its practice of charging a $1.99-per-month "Administrative Fee" that isn't disclosed in its advertised rates. - arstechnica.com

Flaws in LTE can allow hackers to easily spoof presidential alerts
6 months, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 5 facts | 0 comments | 11 votes

  • The vulnerabilities in the network can be exploited using both commercially available hardware and "modified" open source software. - www.techspot.com
  • Using four malicious portable base stations, an attack can be sent to cover a 50,000-seat stadium - www.techspot.com
  • The WEA system, which began its nationwide testing last year, is able to broadcast Presidential, Imminent Threat and AMBER Alerts. - www.techspot.com
  • Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder published a paper revealing flaws in 4G LTE networks that can allow sending of spoofed Emergency Alerts. - techcrunch.com
  • The WEA system, which began its nationwide testing last year, is able to broadcast Presidential, Imminent Threat and AMBER Alerts. - www.techspot.com

Microsoft discourages staff from using Slack, AWS, Google Docs, and GitHub Cloud
6 months, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 4 facts | 1 comments | 11 votes

  • Slack is on the “prohibited” category of the internal Microsoft list, along with tools such as the Grammarly grammar checker and Kaspersky security software. - www.geekwire.com
  • Services in the “discouraged” category include Amazon Web Services, Google Docs, PagerDuty and even the cloud version of GitHub. - www.geekwire.com
  • "Slack Free, Slack Standard and Slack Plus versions do not provide required controls to properly protect Microsoft Intellectual Property (IP)," Microsoft said - www.theinquirer.net
  • It adds that Slack Enterprise Grid is more acceptable, but that it really would rather its staff used Teams that what it calls "competitive software". - www.theinquirer.net

Jony Ive is leaving Apple to found independent design firm
6 months, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 6 facts | 1 comments | 11 votes

  • The new company will be called "LoveFrom" - www.zdnet.com
  • The company will officially launch in 2020. - www.cnn.com
  • Apple stock was down about 1% following the news - www.cnn.com
  • Jony Ive has worked at Apple for nearly 30 years. - www.apple.com
  • Jony Ive will depart the company as an employee later this year to form an independent design company which will count Apple among its primary clients. - www.apple.com
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Britain’s popular digital bank Monzo doubles valuation to $2.5 billion
6 months, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 10 votes

  • Monzo is now valued at over £2 billion ($2.5 billion), double the £1 billion it was worth in its last funding round in October last year. - www.cnbc.com
  • Y Combinator invests in Monzo through its Continuity Fund, which focuses on late-stage start-ups. - www.cnbc.com
  • The company is one of several so-called challenger banks taking advantage of the growing shift among consumers toward handling their finances on a smartphone. - www.cnbc.com

Tetris is 35 years old
6 months, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 1 facts | 0 comments | 10 votes

  • The package 'tint' will allow you to play Tetris in your terminal on Linux - www.omgubuntu.co.uk

Elizabeth Holmes set to go to trial Aug, 4, 2020
6 months, 2 weeks ago by kyle | 6 facts | 0 comments | 10 votes

  • Elizabeth Holmes and Ramesh Balwani face 20 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. - www.theverge.com
  • Elizabeth Holmes was the founder of Theranos (a defunct blood testing startup) - en.wikipedia.org
  • The charges are that Holmes engaged in a multi-million-dollar scheme to defraud investors, and a separate scheme to defraud doctors and patients. - abcnews.go.com
  • On March 14, 2018, Theranos, Holmes, and former company president Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani were charged with "massive fraud" by the SEC. - www.usatoday.com
  • Jury selection will start on that date with the court to begin hearing evidence Aug. 4, 2020 - www.bostonherald.com
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LibreOffice 6.3 released
5 months, 1 week ago by kyle | 5 facts | 0 comments | 10 votes

  • The Tabbed Compact version of the NotebookBar user interface, introduced in LibreOffice 6.2, is now available for Writer, Calc, Impress and Draw. - blog.documentfoundation.org
  • The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.3 - blog.documentfoundation.org
  • In Calc, a new drop-down widget in the formula bar replaces the old Sum tool, giving the user quick access to the most frequently used functions. - blog.documentfoundation.org
  • Documents can now be redacted to remove or hide sensitive information such as personal data before exporting or sharing the file. - blog.documentfoundation.org
  • Export as PDF has been improved with the support for the standard PDF/A-2 document format. - blog.documentfoundation.org

Facebook fined $5 billion by FTC
6 months, 1 week ago by kyle | 7 facts | 1 comments | 10 votes

  • The Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with Facebook over the company’s 2018 Cambridge Analytica scandal. - www.cnbc.com
  • Facebook was anticipating anywhere from a $3 billion to $5 billion fine - bgr.com
  • FTC voted along party lines, with three Republican commissioners voting in favor of the settlement and two Democratic commissioners voting against it. - www.theverge.com
  • The FTC began probing Facebook in March 2018 following reports Cambridge Analytica had improperly accessed the data of 87 million Facebook users. - www.cnbc.com
  • The Federal Trade Commission voted this week to approve a roughly $5 billion settlement with Facebook Inc. - www.wsj.com
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Poisons released by melting permafrost
6 months, 2 weeks ago by http | 3 facts | 0 comments | 9 votes

  • Serving as a reservoir for anthrax, permafrost may also contain Spanish flu and smallpox - www.thesun.co.uk
  • The oldest living organism, a nematode, awoke after being frozen for 41,000 years - www.washingtonpost.com
  • Pollution, anthrax - even nuclear waste - could be released by global warming - www.bbc.com

AMD lands Google, Twitter as customers with newest server chip
5 months, 1 week ago by kyle | 1 facts | 0 comments | 9 votes

  • AMD lands Google, Twitter as customers with newest server chip - www.reuters.com

Linux Kernel 5.2 released
6 months, 1 week ago by kyle | 15 facts | 0 comments | 9 votes


Toni Morrison has Died
5 months, 2 weeks ago by kyle | 14 facts | 0 comments | 9 votes

  • Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for Beloved (1987). - en.wikipedia.org
  • Before the third novel of the trilogy came out, in 1993 Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. - en.wikipedia.org
  • Morrison had stopped working on her latest novel when her son died. - en.wikipedia.org
  • Although her novels typically concentrate on black women, Morrison did not identify her works as feminist. - en.wikipedia.org
  • Children's literature (with Slade Morrison) [ edit ] - en.wikipedia.org
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Apple releases first public beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13
6 months, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 7 facts | 0 comments | 9 votes

  • New features include official systemwide dark mode, new privacy features and improved Apple Maps. - www.cnet.com
  • Apple originally said iOS 13 would be available to public beta users in July, but it seemingly thinks the update is stable enough right now instead. - 9to5mac.com
  • Issues in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 public betas can be reported via the included Feedback Assistant application on your device. - 9to5mac.com
  • The iPadOS 13 public beta will also be made available today. - 9to5mac.com
  • Apple also announced WatchOS 6, MacOS 10.15 Catalina, and TVOS 13 during its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. - www.cnet.com
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Ex-chair of FCC broadband committee gets five years in prison for fraud
6 months, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 9 votes

  • Elizabeth Pierce was CEO an Alaskan telecom company, when she lied to two investment firms in New York in order to raise $270 million to build a fiber network. - arstechnica.com
  • The FCC committee that Pierce used to lead has repeatedly been criticized for favoring the interests of industry over the public at large. - arstechnica.com
  • The former head of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) was sentenced to five years in prison for defrauding investors. - arstechnica.com
  • Pierce's industry experience helped her land the top spot on Pai's broadband advisory committee in April 2017. - arstechnica.com

Ubuntu 19.10 will offer experimental ZFS file system option
5 months, 1 week ago by kyle | 6 facts | 0 comments | 9 votes

  • We announced 6 months ago that support for deploying Ubuntu root on ZFS with MAAS was available as an experimental feature. - ubuntu.com
  • As has already been reported, spotted in our weekly team report on Ubuntu discourse, we are going to enhance ZFS on root support in the coming cycles. - ubuntu.com
  • We want to support ZFS on root as an experimental installer option, initially for desktop, but keeping the layout extensible for server later on. - ubuntu.com
  • Any existing ZFS on root user will automatically get those benefits as soon as they update to Ubuntu 19.10. - ubuntu.com
  • Finally, we want to provide some best practices in terms of the ZFS dataset layout for various needs. - ubuntu.com
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Nintendo to launch a Switch Lite console
6 months, 1 week ago by kyle | 7 facts | 0 comments | 9 votes


Roblox hits 100 million monthly active users
5 months, 2 weeks ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 9 votes

  • User-generated content is a big part of that number, and the company notes that it has around 40 million user-created experiences in the game at present. - techcrunch.com
  • Per the new numbers, around 40% of Roblox users are female, with players spread out across 200 countries. - techcrunch.com

Microsoft OneDrive Has 60% Jump in Hosting of Malicious Files
6 months, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 9 votes

  • Overall, FireEye saw 17% more phishing attacks in Q1 2019 compared to the previous interval. - www.bleepingcomputer.com
  • "Attackers find these well-known and trusted sites useful because they bypass initial domain reputation checks performed by security engines," - www.bleepingcomputer.com
  • OneDrive's popularity amoung bad actors rose from almost complete disregard to a share above 60%. - www.bleepingcomputer.com
  • Dropbox has also seen an increased number of detections, albeit the comparative gap between the last two quarters is much smaller, around 10% - www.bleepingcomputer.com

Apple moves Mac Pro production from Texas to China
6 months, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 6 facts | 0 comments | 9 votes

  • "Making the new model in China isn't likely to affect many workers in Texas because demand for the old Mac Pro had fizzled years ago," the Journal wrote today. - arstechnica.com
  • Shifting production to a Shanghai-area factory would help reduce shipping costs with Apple's other suppliers in China - www.cbsnews.com
  • Apple told the Journal that it designs and engineers the new Mac Pro in the US and that the computer includes some US-made components. - arstechnica.com
  • Apple is manufacturing the new Mac Pro in China, marking a change from the previous Mac Pro that was made in the US. - arstechnica.com
  • Apple unveiled the new Mac Pro at its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 3, and the company says it will be released in the fall. - arstechnica.com
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