Justice Department files charges against Russian hackers following Yahoo email breaches

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Date: Thursday, March 16th, 2017, 05:56
Category: Hack, News, security

They found the people who hacked into more than half a billion Yahoo email accounts.

The Justice Department announced charges Wednesday against two Russian spies and two hackers behind the infamous 2014 hacks, which have been identified as among the most significant digital security breaks in American history.

The four men together face 47 criminal charges, including conspiracy, computer fraud, economic espionage, theft of trade secrets and aggravated identity theft, the Justice Department said in a news release.

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Apple joins Google, other tech companies in resisting ‘troubling’ FBI search warrant

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Date: Wednesday, March 15th, 2017, 05:32
Category: Amazon, Apple, Google, iOS, Legal, Microsoft, News, security

Apple has joined Amazon and Microsoft in a court filing which supports Google’s decision to resist an FBI warrant demanding that it hand over emails stored outside the USA. The tech companies argue that this would set a ‘troubling’ precedent.

As reported, the FBI served search warrants ordering Google to surrender emails belonging to suspects in a criminal investigation. The emails themselves were stored on a server outside the USA. Google, in turn, refused, arguing that a domestic search warrant could not apply to data stored in a foreign country.

A Pennsylvania court both disagreed and instructed Google to comply with the warrant. Google has since appealed the ruling, with Apple, Amazon and Microsoft jointly filing an amicus brief in support of Google.

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LG uses third-party fixes to provide shielding, seems to have resolved interference issue in UltraFine 5K monitors

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Date: Wednesday, March 15th, 2017, 05:24
Category: Hardware, News, retail

It looks like the interference issue on the LG UltraFine 5K displays available through Apple have been resolved.

Following continued testing, the new monitors are apparently very slightly sensitive to high-powered RF emissions like from a very close cell tower or military radar like any monitor, the interference problems are rectified, with older monitors retrofitted by authorized third parties even less sensitive to the same emissions.

The new units, which have a slightly different shielding plate than the first run of fixed units. While the vast majority of users won’t see a problem, users within about 50 feet of an active cell tower, or a civil or military radar installation are experiencing the disconnect issues.

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Mazda confirms CarPlay functionality on several upcoming models, states that updates will allow CarPlay to be installed on older models

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Date: Tuesday, March 14th, 2017, 05:15
Category: Android, CarPlay, Hardware, News

It looks like CarPlay will be coming to a number of Mazda vehicles in the near term.

Mazda this week confirmed that it will incorporate CarPlay, including updating older models through software and possibly hardware updates.

According to Cars.com, Mazda made the announcement during the launch of its new 2017 CX-5 model, and the publication also cites a spokesperson that confirmed all of the company’s vehicles using its Mazda Connect in-dash system will be eligible to update.

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Fiksu’s Bay Area usage data points to new iPad models currently in testing

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Date: Tuesday, March 14th, 2017, 05:09
Category: Hardware, iPad, News

The new iPads are en route.

Or at least they’re apparently being tested in the Bay Area.

Per mobile marketing firm Fiksu, a number of new iPad models are being tested in the region. This jibes with rumors and a leaked investor note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that indicated that Apple is expected to update its 12.9-inch iPad Pro model, as well as introduce a new 10-inch or 10.5-inch model with a narrower bezel along with a 9.7-inch option.

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JPMorgan Chase purchases CurrentC, looks to develop technology for further use

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Date: Monday, March 13th, 2017, 05:07
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, iOS, News, retail

If you were curious as to what happened to CurrentC, the intended mobile payment service that was intended to compete with Apple Pay a few years ago, there’s an answer: JPMorgan bought it out.

Oddly enough, Chase Bank played both sides and was one of a few major banks to partner with Apple when Apple Pay launched back in the fall of 2014, but several retailers including CVS and Walmart blocked or denied plans to accept Apple Pay due to an upcoming CurrentC app and commitments to MCX, the company developing CurrentC.

Some CurrentC backers including Rite Aid and Best Buy eventually changed their course and added Apple Pay as a payment option in stores, and last summer efforts to bring CurrentC to market finally ended.

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Cortana updated to version 2.0.0, incorporates overhauled features, fixes

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Date: Monday, March 13th, 2017, 05:59
Category: iOS, Microsoft, News, Software

If you’re curious about Cortana on iOS, Microsoft has overhauled the app and released version 2.0.0 on the App Store.

The company on Friday released an updated Cortana app with the goal of simplifying how the AI assistant works on iOS.

The refreshed app loads faster, and defaults into listening for voice commands and questions. The homescreen can also display Google Now-style information cards on items like news, weather, traffic, package deliveries, and nearby restaurants.

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Conan makes fun of Chaffetz’s iPhone/health care comment in “Apple Health Care” send up video

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Date: Friday, March 10th, 2017, 05:56
Category: Fun, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News

If nothing else, you can definitely laugh at Representative Jason Chaffetz’s comment this week about how lower income Americans would have to choose between health care and snagging the latest iPhone.

The guys at “Conan” took this as a challenge and released the following satirical video demonstrating how Apple products could be used for health care…

Chaffetz later walked his comment back a bit, but the satirical video is here to stay…

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WikiLeaks to share CIA hacking tools with Apple, other firms after security fixes are complete

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Date: Friday, March 10th, 2017, 05:36
Category: Hack, iOS, News, privacy, security, Software

Following WikiLeaks’ release of more than 8,000 documents from inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, Apple followed up, saying it had already fixed most of the exploits the agency had found to hack into iPhones.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Thursday he will share the code, which was withheld from the published documents, with tech companies like Apple.

Per Assange:

“We have decided to work with [tech companies] to give them exclusive access to the additional technological details we have so that fixes can be developed and pushed out,” Assange said in a live-streamed press conference from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he lives. “Once this material is effectively disarmed by us we will publish additional details.”

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PowerVR Furian GPUs could bring 4K video, improved gaming specs to next-gen iPhones

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Date: Thursday, March 9th, 2017, 05:23
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors

The next generation of iPhone could feature a pretty dead sexy new graphics processor.

Imagination Technologies today announced PowerVR Furian, its next-generation GPU architecture that promises significant improvements in graphics performance and power efficiency that could benefit future iPhones.

The Furian architecture is stated to offer up to a 70 to 90 percent improvement in real-world gaming performance by density, including 35 percent better shader performance and 80 percent better fill rate, compared to a similar sized and clocked Series7XT Plus GPU based on current-generation PowerVR Rogue architecture.

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