Cert NZ issues iPhone, iPad security warning - vulnerability being actively exploited by hackers

Crown agency CERT NZ (the Computer Emergency Response Team) has issued an advisory about a security vulnerability with iOS that Apple says is being actively exploited by hackers.The issue relates to iOS (the software that runs iPhones),... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Apple, Business, CERT NZ the Computer Emergency Response Team

See how well Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra stands up to a razor knife

Get ready to cringe as this durability test subjects Samsung's $1,200 Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphone to the blade of a razor knife, among other implements.
Tags: Android, Mobile, News, Samsung, Trends, Durability Test, Galaxy S21 Ultra

India makes China app ban permanent, forces TikTok to hose out local office

But China’s Xiaomi again tops booming smartphone market which just hit record of 100m sales in six months India appears to have decided to permanently ban the 59 Chinese apps it first barred from local use in June 2020.…
Tags: China, India, Software, Xiaomi

How To Enable Hardware Accelerated Video Decode In Google Chrome, Brave, Vivaldi And Opera Browsers On Debian, Ubuntu Or Linux Mint

This article explains how to enable hardware-accelerated video decoding in Google Chrome, Brave, Vivaldi and Opera web browsers running on Debian, Ubuntu, Pop!_OS or Linux Mint (Xorg only).
Tags: Google, Linux, Vivaldi

Elon Musk says Tesla has held 'preliminary discussions' to license its Autopilot software to other manufacturers

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images Elon Musk said Tesla has held early talks to license its software with other car manufacturers. The CEO has said in the past he is not looking to edge out other competitors, but rather simply advance the technology. Musk said the "full self-driving" software may be functional without an operator within the year, reaching Level 5 autonomy. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company has been in early talks...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Elon Musk, News, Cars, Trends, Tesla, Ford, Volkswagen, Self-driving Car, Musk, John Krafcik, Autopilot, Ev, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI

AT&T Eats a $15.5 Billion Impairment Charge As DirecTV Debacle Continues

An anonymous reader writes: AT&T lost 617,000 customers from DirecTV and its other TV businesses in the final quarter of 2020, capping a year in which it lost nearly 3 million customers in the category, AT&T reported today. AT&T today also informed the Securities and Exchange Commission that it has taken "noncash impairment charges of $15.5 billion" related to its ongoing DirecTV debacle. AT&T said the $15.5 billion charges reflect "changes in our management strategy and our evaluation of the do...
Tags: Tech, Securities And Exchange Commission, AT T, DirecTV, WarnerMedia

Personal Experiences Bridge Moral and Political Divides Better Than Facts, Research Finds

AmiMoJo shares a report from Live Science: In his inaugural address last week, President Joe Biden called for unity. But how can Americans come together, given what seems to be growing political contention and deep divides? New research suggests the answer can be found in stories, not statistics. People respect those they disagree with more when their position comes from a place of personal experience, not facts and figures, finds a new series of experiments published in the journal Proceedings ...
Tags: Tech, Joe Biden, Gray, University Of North Carolina, National Academy of Sciences, Kurt Gray

Apple hit record revenues of $111B in fall 2020, fueled by coronavirus pandemic

Apple earnings for the first quarter of 2021 were record-setting with new all-time highs for sales of iPhones, iPads and services such as Apple Music.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Apple, Usa, News, Usa Today, Apple Music

Pardon the Intrusion #35: WhatsApp’s Messaging Mess

Subscribe to this bi-weekly newsletter here! Welcome to the latest edition of Pardon The Intrusion, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter in which we explore the wild world of security. Well, that escalated quickly. After alerting users of a change in privacy policy earlier this month and kicking up a storm, WhatsApp has backed down— for now. The in-app alert on January 6 urged users to agree to the new terms and conditions that grants the app the right to share with Facebook some personal data about them,...
Tags: Security, Startups, Facebook, Newsletter, Tech

Facebook Once Again Pledges To Depoliticize Facebook

After initially pledging not to recommend civic and political groups to its users, but then sort of continuing to do that anyway, Facebook once again affirmed its commitment to reducing the amount of political content that users see on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Technology, Software, News Feed, Computing, Nerd Culture

Tesla’s power businesses are beginning to take off

Tesla just released its latest earnings report, and the results indicate that Elon Musk’s bets on energy storage and solar are beginning to pay off. The storage business was the star of the company’s power plays in the fourth quarter, with quarterly year-on-year growth approaching 200%. As the company said in its presentation to shareholders, “[energy] deployments grew substantially from 2019 to 2020. For the first time, our total battery deployments surpassed 3 GWh in a single year, which is an...
Tags: Energy, TC, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Solar, Biden, Solarcity, Loanpal

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Says Apple's Privacy Changes are Self-Serving and Anti-Competitive

Facebook today shared its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2020, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's opening remarks were focused on Apple's upcoming anti-tracking privacy changes that will impact the advertising industry and companies like Facebook that rely heavily on online advertising. As highlighted by The Washington Post, Zuckerberg claimed that Apple is changing its privacy policy not to help people, but to further its own interests. "Apple has every incentive to use their dominant p...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Messenger, Facetime, Zuckerberg, App Tracking Transparency, The Washington Post Zuckerberg

Discord Bans the r/WallStreetBets Server As Subreddit Goes Private

According to The Verge, Discord has banned the r/WallStreetBets server for allowing "hateful and discriminatory content after repeated warnings." It did not ban the server for financial fraud. We have also learned that Reddit's WallStreetBets subreddit has been set to private. Here is Discord's full statement: The server has been on our Trust & Safety team's radar for some time due to occasional content that violates our Community Guidelines, including hate speech, glorifying violence, and sprea...
Tags: Tech, Reddit, SEC, Gamestop, WSB, Dieter Bohn

Apple Had a Better Holiday Than Literally Anyone Else

We’re well into the second decade of iPhone sales, and with the covid-19 pandemic devastating economies worldwide, some wondered: Would 2020 be the year that Apple’s runaway revenue train finally slowed down? The answer is decidedly: lol no.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Science, Technology, Steve Jobs, Apple TV, Itunes, Mobile Phones, Apple Watch, Apple Store, Apple Inc, AppleCare, Product Red

Clash and Byte, Two of TikTok's Competitors, Are Merging

Yesterday, Clash announced it was acquiring Byte, a short-form video app launched by Vine cofounder Dom Hofmann. The announcement comes "at a time when TikTok itself now appears to be here to stay," reports CNN. From the report: Dubsmash, another TikTok competitor with a similar algorithmic feed serving up entertaining videos, was acquired last month by Reddit. Meanwhile, Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, which launched a TikTok clone called Reels days after then President Donald Trump said h...
Tags: Instagram, Tech, Reddit, Vine, Donald Trump, Clash, Dom Hofmann, Adam Mosseri

Elon Musk says Tesla Semi is ready for production, but limited by battery cell output

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on the company’s 2020 Q4 earnings call that all engineering work is now complete on the Tesla Semi, the freight-hauling semi truck that the company is building with an all-electric powertrain. The company expects to begin deliveries of Tesla Semi this year, the company said in its Q4 earnings release, and Musk said the only thing limiting their ability to produce them now is the availability of battery cells. “The main reason we have not accelerated new products – like f...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Elon Musk, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, Hyperloop, Tesla Model S, Musk, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Tesla Semi, Tesla Model Y

Pro-Trump Twitter figure arrested for spreading vote-by-text disinformation in 2016

The man behind a once-influential pro-Trump account is facing charges of election interference for allegedly disseminating voting disinformation on Twitter in 2016. Federal prosecutors allege that Douglass Mackey, who used the name “Ricky Vaughn” on Twitter, encouraged people to cast their ballot via text or on social media, effectively tricking others into throwing away those votes. According to the Justice Department, 4,900 unique phone numbers texted a phone number Mackey promoted in order to...
Tags: TC, Twitter, Florida, Government, Tech, Hillary Clinton, 2016 Election, Justice Department, Clinton, Trump, Misinformation, West Palm Beach, HuffPost, Mackey, Eastern District of New York, Ricky Vaughn

Samsung's mobile sales tumble in Q4 as it struggles against Apple's iPhone 12

The company hopes its Galaxy S21 and upcoming new foldables will turn its results around.
Tags: Apple, Samsung

Tesla is willing to license Autopilot and has already had “preliminary discussions” about it with other automakers

Tesla is open to licensing its software, including its Autopilot highly-automated driving technology, and the neural network training it has built to improve its autonomous driving technology. Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed those considerations on the company’s Q4 earnings call on Wednesday, adding that the company has in fact already “had some preliminary discussions about licensing Autopilot to other OEMs.” The company began rolling out its beta version of the so-called ‘full self-driving’ or FS...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Car, Automotive, Automation, Transport, Driver, Neural Networks, Self-driving Car, Musk, Tesla Autopilot, Neural Network

Former US Ambassador Sues Apple Because Telegram Users Are Making Him Feel Scared [Update] (techdirt)

Here's an interesting lawsuit, brought to you by some familiar names. And by "interesting," I mean "exceedingly stupid." The lawsuit [PDF] was filed by "Ambassador Marc Ginsberg." Ginsberg last served as an ambassador in 1998. And yet, that title is being used to name him as the plaintiff. The defendant is Apple. In the mix (but not a defendant) is Telegram, a popular and often controversial messaging app that has served as a mouthpiece for alt-right personalities and others who have been bann...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, News, California, US, Coalition, Dallas, Hamas, CSW, Ginsberg, Dallas Texas, Tim Cushing, CDA, Twitter Google, Micah Johnson

Daily Crunch: GameStop becomes a meme stock

Reddit users have some fun with the stock market, Facebook predicts advertising challenges and ByteDance is cutting jobs in India. This is your Daily Crunch for January 27, 2021. The big story: GameStop becomes a meme stock GameStop’s stock continued to climb today, along with Blockbuster and AMC — all stocks shorted by institutional investors. These gains were apparently driven by users in the r/WallStreetBets subreddit. We’ve rounded up the fairly non-committal statements from various tradin...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Finance, India, Softbank, Amc, Tech, Reddit, Robinhood, Sap, Gamestop, Lucas Matney, Sophie, Daily Crunch, Iris Ohyama, Loanpal

iCloud For Windows Gaining Support For iCloud Passwords Chrome Extension

Apple yesterday released a new version of iCloud for Windows 10, and based on multiple reports and the update's release notes, it appears Apple is introducing an iCloud Passwords extension designed for Chrome, which will allow "iCloud" Keychain passwords to be used on Windows machines. MacRumors reports: As noted by The 8-Bit and a few other sources, the update adds support for an "iCloud" Passwords Chrome extension." After installing version 12 of "iCloud" for Windows, there's a new "Passwords"...
Tags: Apple, Tech

Apple said the Pro models of the iPhone 12 sold the best last quarter as a record number of people upgraded their devices

A customer holds the iPhone 12, left, and the iPhone 12 Pro, right. Don Arnold/WireImage/Getty Images Apple said the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max sold the best during its most recent quarter.  Apple reported $65.6 billion in iPhone revenue in Q1, surpassing analyst estimates of $60.3 billion. Apple also saw a record number of people upgrading their iPhones last quarter, CEO Tim Cook said. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Apple said the high-end models of its lates...
Tags: Apple, South Korea, Cook, China, Trends, Tim Cook, Tech Insider, Getty Images Apple, Avery Hartmans, Don Arnold, Luca Maestri Apple, Iphone 12, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro, Apple Q1 2021 earnings

WallStreetBets goes dark

After a wild day for public markets driven by Reddit traders commandeering stocks and combatting hedge fund short sellers, the community at r/wallstreetbets no longer has a home on Discord and its Reddit community has been locked down as an invite-only subreddit for the time being. Discord announced this afternoon that they had banned the WallStreetBets Discord server following hate speech violations after “repeated warnings.” On Reddit’s end, it’s not quite so clear what has happened. It does n...
Tags: TC, Articles, Tech, Spokesperson, Software, Reddit, Internet Culture, Gamestop, Wikis, Discord, QAnon

Facebook Q4 results soar; Zuckerberg hits Apple over privacy

Facebook capped a tumultuous 2020 with soaring earnings in the final quarter, but the company forecast challenges in 2021 that include a...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Zuckerberg

Apple just had a blowout quarter, thanks to iPhone 12 sales

Apple earnings: Strong iPhone sales pushed the company's total quarterly revenue to a record $111.4 billion — well above the $103.3 billion Wall Street analysts had predicted. Apple posted earnings of $16.8 per diluted share, up 35% from the same period in the prior year.
Tags: Apple, Cnn

Apple's iPhone 12 led to largest revenue and profit in company history

The tech giant says its fiscal first-quarter iPhone sales grew by more than 17% from the previous year, marking a strong start for the iPhone 12.
Tags: Apple

In-Person Office Diehards Eschew Virtual Work, Pandemic Be Damned

Some lawyers refuse to make any changes to how to how they work because of COVID-19.
Tags: Technology, Law, Trivia Question of the Day, COVID-19, Unprecedented, Person Office Diehards Eschew Virtual Work

How a Reddit group blew up GameStop’s stock

By Allison Morrow | CNN The GameStop frenzy on Wall Street has investors, and much of the internet, enraptured — not unlike a good horror movie. Everyone knows doom is just around the corner for some key players; a lucky few will emerge stronger; and the monster might be subdued but will ultimately come back for a sequel. The cast of characters Who’s the monster and who’s the hero, in this case, depends entirely on your perspective. On one side you have a band of mostly young day traders who c...
Tags: Business, Elon Musk, Technology, News, Wall Street, White House, Amc, Sport, Cnn, Soccer, Reddit, Retail, SEC, Gamestop, Chamath Palihapitiya, Cohen

ProtonMail, Threema, Tresorit and Tutanota warn EU lawmakers over ‘anti-encryption’ push

Four European apps which secure user data via end-to-end encryption, ProtonMail, Threema, Tresorit and Tutanota, have issued a joint-statement warning over recent moves by EU institutions that they say are setting lawmakers on a dangerous path to backdooring encryption. End-to-end encryption refers to a form of encryption where the service provider does not hold keys to decrypt the data, thereby enhancing user privacy — as there’s no third party in the loop with the technical capability to acces...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, France, Germany, Tech, Eu, Commission, European Commission, Brussels, Council, Signal, EU Council, Council of the EU, Andy Yen, Tutanota, Istvan Lam

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