Smart Scale Goes Dumb As Under Armour Pulls the Plug On Connected Tech

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Today's example of smart stuff going dumb comes courtesy of Under Armour, which is effectively rendering its fitness hardware line very expensive paperweights. The company quietly pulled its UA Record app from both Google Play and Apple's App Store on New Year's Eve. In an announcement dated sometime around January 8, Under Armour said that not only has the app been removed from all app stores, but the company is no longer providing customer...
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The Saudi Crown Prince accused of hacking Jeff Bezos' phone met with more than a dozen tech execs and celebs during the same US trip. From Tim Cook to Oprah, here's everyone Mohammed bin Salman met with.

There's a good chance Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and venture capitalist Peter Thiel are having their phones examined right about now, in the wake of new reports about the hacking of Jeff Bezos' phone. A forensic analysis commissioned by Bezos suggests that it's likely his phone was hacked in May 2018 via a file sent from a WhatsApp account used by Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to reports in The Guardian and the Financial Times. Th...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Saudi Arabia, Amc, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Larry Page, New York Times, Tim Cook, Sergey Brin, Peter Thiel, Virgin Group, Richard Branson, Silicon Valley

WhatsApp for Android beta finally brings dark theme — Here’s how to enable it

WhatsApp beta for Android has been updated to version 2.20.13 that finally brings dark mode feature that has been in the works for more than a year. This lets users choose from light or dark theme. The dark theme is more like dark gray unlike pure black available in some apps. Chats appear with dark background, and your messages are shown in green bubbles. How to enable dark theme on WhatsApp Update WhatsApp for Android to the latest beta version from Google Play or download the APK from...
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Xiaomi Mi Motion Activated Night Light 2 launched in India [Update: Now available for all for Rs. 599]

Update: After crowdfunding last year, Xiaomi has started selling the Motion Activated Night Light 2 on for everyone at Rs. 599. Check out the first impressions here. Earlier: At the Smarter Living 2020 launch, Xiaomi also launched the Mi Motion-Activated Night Light 2. It is a versatile night lamp that automatically turns on upon detecting motion. It blends in perfectly in the home decor and sports two brightness settings and conserves energy by shutting off in 15 seconds if no motion ...
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Report: Saudi Crown Prince Personally Sent Malware to Jeff Bezos, Possibly to Steal Those Dick Pics

Here’s another twist in the mystery of just how pictures of Amazon CEO and billionaire Washington Post owner Jeff Bezo’s dick, along with sexts to his then-mistress Lauren Sanchez, ended up in the hands of the National Enquirer last year: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have personally infected his phone…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Technology, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Cybersecurity, Hacking, Hackers, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Dick Pics, Mohammed bin Salman, Michael Sanchez, Jeff Bezo, American Media Inc, NSO Group

Two Outstanding Gardening Books for those Long, Winter Nights

Two rock stars of the gardening world have recently release significant works worthy of any gardeners bookshelf. Ken Druse's 'The Scentual Garden' and Amy Goldman's The 'Melon' will inspire, inform and entertain you this winter as you plan your summer garden. I promise. I just realized that these two books (The Melon by Amy Goldman and the Scentual Garden by Ken Druse) essentially deal with, well, sensuality. While one can certainly draw lines to why flowers are fragrant or why melons are...
Tags: Google, Amazon, New York, Martha Stewart, New York City, Lifestyle, America, Connecticut, Ellen, Joe, Amy, Ken, Abrams, Doyle, Museum of Natural History, Tower Hill Botanic Garden

6 big things we still don't know in the bombshell report saying Jeff Bezos' phone was hacked by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

On Tuesday, reported that an international investigation had concluded that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' phone was most likely hacked by a link in a May 2018 WhatsApp message from Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Cybersecurity experts hired by Bezos to investigate how details of his affair were leaked to the media also reported similar findings, the Financial Times reported. The hacking fills in a missing chunk in a timeline linking the murder of the journalist Jama...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Post, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, US, Trends, Tim Cook, Peter Thiel, Un, Associated Press, Jeff Bezos, Montreal, National Enquirer

Foxconn tells Wuhan employees in Taiwan for Lunar New Year to stay home

Foxconn , a key supplier to Apple , has asked employees from its Wuhan plant in China who are in Taiwan for the Lunar New Year holidays to stay back given the new coronavirus outbreak in the city.
Tags: Apple, Money, China, Taiwan, businessNews, Foxconn, Wuhan

When FBI complained, Apple dumped plans for encrypted iPhone backups: Report

Apple abandoned its plans to allow iPhone users to fully encrypt backups of their iOS devices in iCloud after the FBI complained that full encryption would harm investigations, Reuters reports, citing “six sources familiar with the matter.” What could possibly go wrong? From Reuters: More than two years ago, Apple told the FBI that it planned to offer users end-to-end encryption when storing their phone data on iCloud, according to one current and three former FBI officials and one current a...
Tags: Apple, Security, Post, Crime, News, Privacy, Cybersecurity, Fbi, Reuters, Now This Is Some Real Bullshit

How social media services handle political ads

Online platforms including Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google face growing pressure to stop carrying political ads that contain false or misleading claims ahead of the U.S. presidential election.
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Goldman Sachs’s CEO just called WeWork’s pulled IPO — which Goldman was underwriting — proof that the market works

It’s hard to put a positive spin on terrible situation, but that didn’t stop Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon earlier today. Asked during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos about WeWork’s yanked IPO in September,  Solomon suggested it was proof that the listing process works, despite that the CFO of Goldman — one of the offering’s underwriters — disclosed last fall that the pulled deal cost the bank a whopping $80 million. Reuters was on the scene, reporting that Solomon acknowledg...
Tags: Google, TC, Uber, Ipo, Softbank, Tech, Davos, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, Grimes, WeWork, Morgan Stanley, Goldman, Reuters, World Economic Forum

Trump and Apple's Tim Cook to meet at Davos

Impeached phony president and utter turd of a man Donald Trump will attend a breakfast meeting on Wednesday at Davos with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, Reuters reports. Trump is meeting with with other business leaders on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, reports Reuters. On Tuesday, Trump and Ivanka and Jared Kushner hosted a dinner with executives from 25 multinational companies and organizations. Excerpt: Attendees discussed their busin...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Post, Business, New York, Technology, Cook, News, Finance, White House, Nokia, Tech, Economy, Paypal, Davos, United States

You Know We Can See the Apple Watches You Snuck Into the Impeachment Trial, Right?

The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is officially underway in the Senate, and there are a few rules of decorum in place designed to keep senators focused on the historic task at hand. The only beverages allowed in the Senate Chamber during the trial are water (fine) and milk (I have questions). The only…Read more...
Tags: Ios, Mobile, Politics, Science, Technology, Senate, Cybersecurity, Apple Watch, Donald Trump, Applewatch, Tech Policy, Impeachment

6 big things we still don't know in the bombshell report of how Jeff Bezos' phone was hacked by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

On Tuesday, reported an international investigation had concluded that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' phone was hacked via a link in a May 2018 WhatsApp message from Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (known as MBS in the West).  Cybersecurity experts hired by Jeff Bezos to investigate the leaks after details of an affair were leaked to the media also reported similar findings, the Financial Times reported.  The hacking fills in a missing chunk in a timeline that links the murder of jou...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Trends, United States, Tim Cook, Peter Thiel, Un, Associated Press, Louisiana, Jeff Bezos, Montreal, National Enquirer

Boeing Officially Stops Making 737 Max Airplanes

Boeing confirmed that it has stopped building 737 Max airplanes in Renton, Washington, as it waits to get permission for the plane to fly again following two deadly crashes that killed 346 people. CNN reports: Boeing will not furlough or lay off workers because of the shutdown, but pain will ripple through its supply chain and could hurt America's economic growth. Boeing would not release a headcount for people who had been working on the plane. The company said the employees will be reassigned ...
Tags: Texas, Washington, America, Tech, Cnn, Boeing, Federal Aviation Administration, Renton Washington, Stephen Dickson

Amazon To Ramp Up Counterfeit Reporting To Law Enforcement

Amazon is planning to give more data on counterfeit goods to law enforcement in a further crackdown on fakes listed on its e-commerce sites. Reuters reports: In the past, the world's largest online retailer has informed authorities of counterfeit peddlers when it thought it had enough information for police to pursue a culprit. Now, the company plans to disclose merchant information to European and U.S. federal authorities every time it confirms a counterfeit was sold to customers, increasing th...
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20 years of blogging at Boing Boing

Twenty years ago today, Boing Boing became a blog. Mark Frauenfelder's first post linked to Street Tech, a now-dormant gadget blog. Now there are 160,000 more posts just like it and the impossible task of summarizing the best of them in yet another. Founded as a print zine in 1988 by Mark and Carla Sinclair, Mark's personal retrospective posted earlier today is a must-read; following are a few of our greatest hits, proudest accomplishments, clickiest traffic monsters, and best features of all ti...
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New UK safety code for kids' online toys and apps

Future generations will be "astonished" to think we did not protect kids, the information commissioner says.
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California officials say a $10 million gender discrimination settlement by the 'League of Legends' creators isn't enough and calculated the game studio may owe $400 million

Riot Games, the company behind "League of Legends," agreed in August to pay $10 million to settle a class action lawsuit accusing the company of gender discrimination. However, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing says the company could owe as much as $400 million for denying women equal pay, according to the LA Times. The DFEH's objection has blocked the original $10 million settlement from being approved. A Riot spokesperson described the $400 figure number as a "click-ba...
Tags: Apple, California, Los Angeles, Trends, Espn, League Of Legends, Riot, LA Times, Hixson, California Superior Court, DFEH, Joe Hixson, Ryan Saba, Scott Gelb, Jessica Negron, Two Riot

AMD Launches Navi-Based Radeon RX 5600XT To Battle GeForce RTX 2060 Under $300

MojoKid writes: Today AMD launched its latest midrange graphics card based on the company's all new Navi architecture. The AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT slots in under $300 ($279 MSRP) and is based on the same Navi 10 GPU as AMD's current high-end Radeon RX 5700 series cards. AMD's Radeon RX 5600 XT is outfitted with 36 compute units, with a total of 2,304 stream processors and is essentially a Radeon 5700 spec GPU with 2GB less GDDR 6 memory (6GB total) and a narrower 192-bit interface, versus Radeon R...
Tags: Tech, Nvidia, Amd, Gpu, AMD Radeon, NAVI, HotHardware, Sapphire Pulse Radeon

Six months after IBM spent $34 billion to acquire an open source software company, IBM's Q4 results showed that 'Red Hat goodness is kicking in' (IBM)

Just six months after IBM bought Red Hat for $34 billion, it looks like the acquisition is paying off for the tech giant.  "It appears that the Red Hat 'goodness' is kicking in," analyst Patrick Moorhead told Business Insider. The company reported better-than-expected results, boosted by Red Hat revenues. IBM shares rallied more than 4% in after-hours trading. Click here for more BI Prime stories. It looks like Red Hat is turning out to be a really smart buy for IBM. The tech giant's shares r...
Tags: Apple, Google, Trends, Ibm, Dell, Idc, Red Hat, Golden Globe, Big Blue, Google IBM, Moorhead, Patrick Moorhead, Amazon Microsoft, Marty Wolf, Business Insider the company, James Kavanaugh

Watchdog cracks down on tech firms that fail to protect children

Sites must assess content for sexual abuse and suicide risk or face fines of up to £17mTechnology companies will be required to assess their sites for sexual abuse risks, prevent self-harm and pro-suicide content, and block children from broadcasting their location, after the publication of new rules for “age-appropriate design” in the sector.The UK Information Commissioner’s Office, which was tasked with creating regulations to protect children online, will enforce the new rules from autumn 202...
Tags: Technology, Media, Privacy, Children, Internet, Social Media, Society, UK News, World news, Digital Media, Internet Safety, Information commissioner, UK Information Commissioner 's Office

Cybercrime laws need urgent reform to protect UK, says report

Lawyers say ineffectiveness of act exposes UK to harm by ‘cybercriminals and hostile nations’ Britain’s cyber-defences are being endangered by the outdated Computer Misuse Act, which prevents investigators from dealing effectively with online threats while over-punishing immature defendants, according to a legal report.Thirty years after hacking became a criminal offence, a study by the Criminal Law Reform Now Network (CLRNN) calls for urgent revision of the legislation governing illegal access ...
Tags: UK, Technology, Internet, UK News, Cybercrime, Britain, Hacking, Cyberwar, Criminal Law Reform Now Network CLRNN

Shaming Apple on Pensacola gunman's iPhones doesn't justify undermining Americans' privacy

Apple said it already turned over to the FBI many gigabytes of information. Demanding a 'backdoor' would hurt good guys as well as bad guys: Our view         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Wine 5.0 Released

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: Wine 5.0 has been released today and contains over 7,400 bug fixes and numerous audio and graphics improvements that will increase performance in gaming on Linux. With the release of Wine 5.0, WineHQ hopes to resolve many of these issues, with the main improvements being: -Builtin modules in PE format: To make games think Wine is a real Windows environment, most Wine 5.0 modules have been converted into the PE format rather than ELF bi...
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Female Founders Alliance absorbs Monarq accelerator to better promote women and non-binary founders

Seattle’s Female Founders Alliance, which runs the Ready Set Raise accelerator for women and non-binary founders, has acquired New York’s Monarq, an incubator with similar goals and origins. The latter will be integrated into the former, but it seems to be a happy collaboration rather than a consolidation of necessity. Monarq was founded three years ago by Irene Ryabaya and Diana Murakhovskaya and 32 companies have gone through its process. FFA has accepted half that number into its program as o...
Tags: Startups, Accelerator, New York, Tech, Diversity, M&a, Diana, East Coast, IRENA, FFA, Leslie Feinzaig, Feinzaig, Diana Murakhovskaya, Female Founders Alliance, Ready Set Raise, Seattle s Female Founders Alliance

Netflix adds subscribers as competition from Disney+ and Apple ramps up

Netflix released its earnings on Tuesday, finally giving itself a chance to calm the nerves of jittery investors who are concerned about the rise of rivals. So did Netflix shrug off its competitors or did its subscriber base take a hit?
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Adblock Plus’s Till Faida on the shifting shape of ad blocking

Publishers hate ad blockers, but millions of internet users embrace them — and many browsers even bake it in as a feature, including Google’s own Chrome. At the same time, growing numbers of publishers are walling off free content for visitors who hard-block ads, even asking users directly to be whitelisted. It’s a fight for attention from two very different sides. Some form of ad blocking is here to stay, so long as advertisements are irritating and the adtech industry remains deaf to genuine p...
Tags: Google, Europe, Media, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Tech, Adblock Plus, Adblock, Ad Blocking, Eyeo, ABP, Faida, Till Faida

India likely to force Facebook, WhatsApp to identify the originator of messages

New Delhi is inching closer to recommending regulations that would require social media companies and instant messaging app providers operating in the nation to help law enforcement agencies identify users who have posted content — or sent messages — it deems questionable, two people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. India will submit the suggested change to the local intermediary liability rules to the nation’s apex court later this month. The suggested change, the conditions of which m...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Government, India, Tech, Whatsapp, New Delhi, TechCrunch India

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