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Predictions for Artificial Intelligence in 2019

13 hours 40 minutes ago

If you think AI technology is amazing and revolutionary, this article may well make your head spin. At Forbes, Lauren deLisa Coleman writes: “Fasten your seatbelts. Here’s what a few influencers in the arena say is on tap for 2019.” One that caught my eye is the open sourcing of AI code. (What could go wrong?)


John Martellaro

Office 365 for Mac Gets Dark Mode

18 hours 42 minutes ago

Microsoft upgraded Office 365 with Dark Mode in Mojave and compatibility with the Apple’s Continuity Camera tool, plus some smaller changes.


Charlotte Henry

Apple Watch ECG May Have Save This Man’s Life

18 hours 43 minutes ago

Ed Dentel decided to reset his Apple after the new ECG function told him he had an irregular heartbeat. He is active and healthy so thought it must be wrong. But the ECG app kept telling him there was a problem. He told ABC News that he ended up going to his doctor,  who confirmed he was suffering from atrial fibrillation. This is an irregular heartbeat that can increase the likelihood of stroke, amongst other things. Mr. Dentel’s doctor said the Apple Watch may have saved his life.

Checking in, Dentel said he felt like a hypochondriac explaining that his watch told him something was wrong. But he was quickly given an EKG by a technician, who called for a doctor, who said, “Yup, you’re in AFib. This thing may have just saved your life.”


Charlotte Henry

Chinese Hackers Responsible for Marriott Data Breach

18 hours 49 minutes ago

Chinese hackers carried out the massive cyber attack against Marriott hotels that was revealed last month. The New York Times reported that the perpetrators are thought to work for the country’s civilian spy agency, the Ministry of State Security. In total, 500 million records were stolen over a four year period, making it one of the biggest data breaches in history. The stolen data included customers’ personal details such as credit card and passport number.

The hackers…are suspected of working on behalf of the Ministry of State Security, the country’s Communist-controlled civilian spy agency. The discovery comes as the Trump administration is planning actions targeting China’s trade, cyber and economic policies, perhaps within days. Those moves include indictments against Chinese hackers working for the intelligence services and the military, according to four government officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

 


Charlotte Henry

Sundar Pichai Did Not Deny Development of Censored Chinese Version of Google

20 hours 54 minutes ago

Google CEO Sundar Pichai endured a grueling 3.5 hours of questioning by the House Judiciary Committee on Monday. At one point he even had to explain that his company doesn’t make iPhones. However, as Re/Code reported, Mr. Pichai did not use the hearing to deny that Google will make a version of its search tool for China that censors information.

Pichai could have used the opportunity to publicly scrap plans to build a version of his company’s core tool, code-named Dragonfly, that would block terms such as “human rights,” “Nobel Prize,” and “student protest” from search results in China. But when House Rep. David Cicilline asked Pichai point blank if, as CEO, he would rule out launching a “tool for surveillance and censorship in China,” Pichai deflected.


Charlotte Henry

Scout FM Launches Station Creator Personal FM

21 hours 34 minutes ago

Scout FM is a podcast radio service for iOS, and yesterday it released a feature called Station Creator. It lets users create their own personalized FM stations.

Once you have created a station, Scout FM does all the work for you. The station will automatically pick up new episodes and then play them in the order of your fondness to the show based on your listening habits. You can add or remove shows at any time.

I think it’s a cool concept, and it works differently than traditional podcast apps where you do everything manually.


Andrew Orr

CollegeHumor Launches Comedy App DROPOUT

22 hours 1 minute ago

DROPOUT features premium scripted and unscripted comedy content spanning original shows, mobile-first digital comics, and chat stories for new and returning series (e.g. Lonely and Horny Season 2, Troopers, See Plum Run). DROPOUT also features a members-only Discord channel that lets fans interact with each other and CollegeHumor talent. Features: Video: A native mobile player for optimal viewing and navigating. Player also supports display mirroring and content casting (AirPlay and Chromecast) to allow a lean-back experience. Comics: A rich, full screen experience that leverages the intuitive user experience of swiping. Comic images are full-bleed and hi-res, perfect for a mobile device. Chats: A tap-to-advance story featuring messages and images. Chats thrive natively on mobile, taking advantage of the instant messaging experience that people experience on their own mobile devices. You can try it free for a week with unlimited access to videos, comics, and chats. After that, plans start at US$3.99/month when you sign up for an annual membership. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)


Andrew Orr

How to Find Stalkerware Apps on Your Phone

22 hours 33 minutes ago

Stalkerware is a term given to apps that let someone spy on your smartphone activity. They’re also called “spouseware” because they tend to be used by abusers to spy on their partners.

Most of this software ends up on a device through one of two ways: A phishing attack (email or text links that contain viruses and trick you into clicking on them by pretending to be something/someone else), or physical access to the device.

The article is a good read with tips for people in abused relationships.


Andrew Orr

ISPs Say That Poor People Don’t Deserve Fast Internet Speeds

23 hours 38 minutes ago

ISPs tell the FCC that poor people don’t deserve fast internet speeds. It wouldn’t be fair on these corporations otherwise.

In a letter [PDF] recording a meeting between the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) and the legal advisors to two FCC commissioners, the industry group “emphasized that the Commission’s goals would be better served by directing support to areas that lack any service at all and those that have access only below 10/1 Mbps.”

I’m continually amazed at the human capacity to be giant d*cks to each other. The amount of hatred leveled at poor people in this country is also a bit scary.


Andrew Orr

Dr. Mac’s Last Minute Gift Guide

1 day ago

You’re running out of time for holiday shopping, so here are Dr. Mac’s gift ideas guaranteed to please your beloved geeks whilst arriving in time for the holidays… (unless your holiday is Hanukkah, which ended on December 10).


Bob LeVitus
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