What we're buying: Toto's toilet upgrade and an old Game Boy Advance
This week, we're praising Toto's toilet upgrade and breaking out our Gameboy Advance back-catalog.
Macworld on Twitter
I’m not a fan of @iamcardib ’s music and prob won’t listen to her album but I am a fan of her grind from nothing to something. (No offense on the nothing, you know what I mean) I love it when people rise up like that.
How to Tell if Cambridge Analytica Scraped Your Facebook Data
The leak dates back to 2013 when Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan developed a personality test app called thisisyourdigitallife, billed as "a research app used by psychologists." It gathered data, with permission, from 270,000 Facebook users. That information should have remained with Kogan, but he instead gave it to Cambridge Analytica, an analytics firm best known for its work on the Donald Trump campaign, which used it to build profiles on potential voters for GOP candidates.
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Read Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's planned testimony before Congress https://usat.ly/2IBjllV pic.twitter.com/kdK0SkrPHu
Steve Wozniak is quitting Facebook over data concerns | Cult of Mac
Steve Jobs, too, had a warning for Facebook — which he had a complex relationship with. Speaking back in 2010 , Jobs said that Apple “always had a very different view of privacy” than many of its cohorts, and suggested that companies needed to be more transparent about sharing user data. (He also supposedly referred to the Facebook founder as a “****ing a**hole” after a particularly heated spat.)
Mark Zuckerberg admits Facebook 'didn't do enough' to protect users
M ark Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder and CEO, has admitted the social network failed to do enough to protect users' data in a statement to Congress.
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Everything we learned from the new Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer http://gizmo.do/QLp8lE1 pic.twitter.com/U8mryoviBa
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Uber acquires Jump dockless bike-sharing service https://usat.ly/2IGdZWB pic.twitter.com/J48EXIgKDO
Apple just unveiled new red iPhones — and they have a design fans have been clamoring for
A portion of proceeds from the new red iPhones will go toward grants that fight HIV and AIDS as part of Product Red, which Apple has partnered with since 2006. In the release announcing the new color, Apple said it had donated more than $160 million to the charity.
Facebook Suspends Cubeyou for Cambridge Analytica-Type Tactics
In a statement to PCMag, Facebook confirmed it is investigating Cubeyou's activities after being alerted by CNBC that it was gathering information about users to share with marketers, similar to how Cambridge Analytica received the data of some 87 million people and used it to build profiles on potential voters for use in political campaigns.
Facebook will give researchers new data to study election interference
Today, Facebook announced a new research initiative partnering with seven prominent nonprofit foundations to study the effect of social media on elections. Under the new initiative, social science researchers will propose research projects for peer review based on a set of general research goals. If a proposal is approved, the researchers will receive the anonymized data from Facebook and accompanying funding from the foundations.
HP Chromebook x2 takes the high road with its premium-build $600 Chrome OS detachable
Unlike many detachables , the x2's ostensibly designed to work well as a clamshell, not just a tablet. HP added a thin metal layer inside the keyboard to make it rigid and lap-friendly, something many detachables aren't. It also has a large hinge built into the keyboard, so it can flip over like a convertible if you don't want to detach it, easier for single-handed operation.
Relive the 1990s on Windows 10 with the newly open sourced File Manager
With this, you can build and run File Manager even on your brand new Windows 10 machine. The code has been very slightly updated; as well as the original 32-bit version, you can now build it as a 64-bit program (though there are some errors in the project files; I have created a fork that builds correctly in 64-bit mode). Whichever mode you prefer, this release brings a taste of the 1990s to 2018. Microsoft's source repository in fact has two versions of File Manager; the original version, and a slightly updated version with some extra features to support, for example, ctrl-c and ctrl-v to copy and paste files, and handle some file system capabilities that were introduced after File Manager's heyday. I don't believe that either version has much in the way of high-DPI awareness, so it may not be tremendously usable on high resolution screens.
Read Mark Zuckerberg’s full prepared statements for Congress
Zuckerberg, in the statement, admits that these issues were the result of his mistakes, and he apologizes. He adds that Facebook is creating better safeguards–both to protect users’ privacy and to stop apps from doing what Cambridge Analytica’s researchers were able to do. He also writes that Facebook is boosting the company’s anti-abuse technology and creating more restrictive advertising policies.
Red iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus available from April 13
The red iPhone 8 starts at $699 (£699, AU$1,079) for the 64GB version and $849 (£849, AU$1,329) for the 256GB version, while the red iPhone 8 Plus will set you back $799 (£799, AU$1,229) for the 64GB version and $949 (£949, AU$1,479) for 256GB – the same asking prices as the other colors.
Mark Zuckerberg holds his cards close in opening statement to Congress | ZDNet
In his statement to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Facebook CEO takes full responsibility for recent security and privacy controversies, but he shared little new information.
Reg Saddler on Twitter
You can add location information to your Tweets, such as your city or precise location, from the web and via third-party applications. You always have the option to delete your Tweet location history.
How to download and install the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update right now
Once your PC has restarted, open up the Update & Security settings window, and you should see an update called ‘Feature update to Windows 10, version 1803’. This is the Spring Creators Update. It should start to download automatically.
Nvidia is about to cease support for its graphics cards on 32-bit PCs
Of course, these days most folks are running 64-bit operating systems anyway, but if you have an Nvidia graphics card , and you still happen to be using a 32-bit OS for whatever reason – maybe you’re running legacy hardware with old drivers that won’t play nice with a 64-bit operating system – then obviously you need to think about an upgrade to your OS, and perhaps your hardware itself.
Consumer advocacy groups complain that YouTube is collecting information from children
While part of the problem may stem from the fact that parents are simply violating YouTube’s terms of service by allowing children under 13 to use the site, the consumer rights groups complaint claims that YouTube is still tailoring ads to younger users who are using the site. Josh Golin, the executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the leader of the coalition, commented to the NYT that YouTube is “actively packaging under-13 content for advertisers.”
Bots on Twitter share two-thirds of links to popular websites: Pew
“[C]ertain types of news and current events sites receive a lower-than-average share of their Twitter links from automated accounts,” the researchers write. “Most notably, this analysis indicates that popular news and current events sites featuring political content have the lowest level of link traffic from bot accounts among the types of news and current events content the Center analyzed, holding other factors constant. Of all links to popular media sources prominently featuring politics or political content over the time period of the study, 57% are estimated to have originated from bot accounts.”
Worldwide IT spending to reach $3.7 trillion in 2018 | ZDNet
However, not all areas of IT are equal when it comes to predicted growth. Worldwide spending on data centers is predicted to grow by 3.7 percent in 2018, down from 6.3 percent growth in 2017.
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Uber acquires bike-sharing startup JUMP for an undisclosed sum, source says sale price was closer to $200M; JUMP will continue running independently ( @meganrosedickey / TechCrunch)
http://techcrunch.com/2018/04/09/uber-acquires-bike-share-startup-jump/ … http://www.techmeme.com/180409/p12#a180409p12 …
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Huge! Elon Musk shows off what SpaceX will use to build BFR spaceship https://usat.ly/2JvJKmc pic.twitter.com/pSY7p1ICIg
Leap Motion shows crazy-looking $100 North Star AR headset with hand tracking
Leap Motion’s design appears to be targeted at early AR developers. Video clips show the North Star system accurately and quickly tracking the motion of an entire hand and all of its joints, as well as allowing standalone digital objects to be manipulated in 3D. Another clip shows user interface “tabs” remaining attached to moving limbs. It’s expected that a connected PC will create all of the visual elements to be displayed on North Star’s screens.
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Apple introduces iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (PRODUCT)RED special edition in 64GB and 256GB, available to order in select countries April 10 (Apple)
http://www.apple.com/newsroom/2018/04/apple-introduces-iphone-8-and-iphone-8-plus-productred-special-edition/ … http://www.techmeme.com/180409/p10#a180409p10 …
Video: iPhone X and iPad Air 2 Running Mac OS 8, Warcraft II, and SimCity 2000
The emulation of Mac OS 8 on the iPhone X worked pretty flawlessly as evident from the video, with even the native web browser working just fine. However, since the OS was optimized for a mouse/keyboard, the menu items are small thereby making navigation difficult on the iPhone X. Things are slightly better on the iPad Air 2 since it features a significantly larger display which makes the touch input points bigger as well.
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San Francisco startup Holberton School has trained about 200 students to be full stack engineers with jobs at the likes of Apple, Tesla and NASA in just two years -- at no upfront cost. Now Holberton has raised $8.2 million in funding to start scaling up. https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2018/04/09/holberton-school-raises-8-2-million/#444bae2f5b88 …
Gizmodo on Twitter
Researchers unearth new malware designed to make ATMs spew out cash http://gizmo.do/sBkv189 pic.twitter.com/c3mZdBZZx6
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Musk's flamethrower looks like a toddler's toy next to this jet-powered fire tornado cannon http://gizmo.do/s5wdqtK pic.twitter.com/7tsjj7J12N
Apple accused of abusing relationship with carriers in South Korea | Cult of Mac
There are two main criticisms of Apple’s behavior on this occasion. The first is that Apple makes telecom companies follow its own guidelines for adverts, but does not share the costs. The second is that Apple Korea reportedly obligates telecom operators to bear repair costs and display stand installation costs, while ordering that they sell a certain amount of products to sell in the country.
10 ways to develop cybersecurity policies and best practices | ZDNet
Manufacturing 4.0 and other remote computing strategies are moving computing away from data centers and out to the edges of companies. This means that a manufacturer with a remote plant in Ireland is likely to have manufacturing personnel operate automated robots and production analytics with local servers in the plant. Software and hardware security must be maintained on these devices, but the devices must also be locally administered under accepted cybersecurity policies and procedures by personnel who are asked to do these jobs without an IT background. This is a security exposure point for the company and for IT that requires training of non-IT personnel in IT security policies and practices, as well as oversight by IT and auditors.
Snapchat finally fixes its messy Stories feed for some users
Users have been calling for Snapchat to tidy up its mess ever since. After reassuring us that there would be changes to make the app easier to use, Snapchat has now begun reinstating the chronological Stories feed that made sense from the beginning.
DIY project can give your MacBook a touchscreen for just $1
Want to upgrade your Mac and give it a touchscreen? As improbable as it sounds, you can do so with a nifty DIY project that has popped up online, which allows for the addition of touch functionality at the impressive price of just a dollar.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Wednesday Congressional hearing testimony is now online
Mark Zuckerberg’s prepared testimony for Wednesday’s congressional hearing has been posted online. The seven-page statement starts with an apology from Zuckerberg, who says Facebook failed to take a broad enough view of its responsibilities. “That was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I’m sorry,” he says. “I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”
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The new Lego Solo: A Star Wars Story sets are worth making the Kessel Run for http://gizmo.do/XhuXUXW pic.twitter.com/06flHBzlPC
Leap Motion's 'Project North Star' could help make cheap AR headsets a reality
While we won't be getting our hands on a headset like this anytime soon, it's good news for the entire AR platform. Touchpads and controllers are fine, but if AR is ever to become mainstream, somebody needs to figure out how to manipulate virtual objects so that it feels as natural as reach out and touching them. Good on Leap Motion for rising to the challenge.
Techmeme on Twitter
Congress releases Zuckerberg's prepared testimony: "it's clear now that we didn't do enough" to protect data privacy, prevent fake news, election interference ( @saracsalinas / CNBC)
http://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/09/congress-released-mark-zuckerbergs-prepared-testimony-ahead-of-wednesdays-hearing.html … http://www.techmeme.com/180409/p16#a180409p16 …
Pew Research Internet on Twitter
NEW REPORT: Bots in the Twittersphere – Our study finds that an estimated two-thirds of tweets containing links to popular websites are posted by automated accounts, not human beings. https://pewrsr.ch/2uUSL58 pic.twitter.com/exyaMNJWm1
What next for Pentax?
The update is so modest that in some territories Ricoh Imaging (Pentax's parent company) is offering current K-1 owners the chance to upgrade their current camera to receive the advanced functions of the new K-1 Mark II. While this move is to be applauded (as long as you don't mind paying the cost, which for example is $550 in the US), it does reflect how little has changed compared to the older model.
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CNET on Twitter
With a launch planned for April, the next model of the Falcon 9 is designed to handle a huge number of trips before it's trashed.
Samsung’s DeX pad will be available on May 13th for $99.99
As a reminder, you can set your phone flat on the Pad to use it as a trackpad or keyboard. The S9 supports external displays up to 2K resolution, and Samsung says it has signed up between 30 and 40 partners to make DeX-optimized applications, including Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XV , Microsoft Office, and some Adobe products. Go live your untethered life.
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Huawei P20 Pro teardown reveals its triple-camera secrets https://on.mash.to/2JyeWkK pic.twitter.com/UrLegcv1Xb
Wrestlemania 34 memes: Ronda Rousey, Daniel Bryan rule
Bryan's WrestleMania 34 comeback sent fans into overdrive, and Rousey doesn't miss MMA. Plus, John Cena ran like Forrest Gump. RUN CENA RUN.
Mark Zuckerberg's letting researchers dive into Facebook data to protect elections
The massive social network on Monday launched a new initiative designed to help scholars research the impact of social media on elections. The move comes a day before Facebook's founder and CEO is set to testify to Congress on data misappropriated and used by Cambridge Analytica during the 2016 US presidential election campaign.
Facebook has suspended a quiz app maker for Cambridge Analytica-like tactics
New York-based CubeYou was using personality quizzes on Facebook to harvest user data for marketing purposes, despite stating its quizzes were for “nonprofit academic research that has no connection whatsoever to any commercial or profit-making purpose or entity,” reports CNBC . Facebook apparently had no knowledge of CubeYou’s tactics–which heavily echoed those of Cambridge Analytica–until CNBC brought it to their attention, suggesting the social media giant has little insight into just how its partners are harvesting and using the data of billions of its users.
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Watch GamesBeat Summit 2018 Day 1 talks from Niantic, Blizzard, and more here https://wp.me/p8wLEc-9P1H by @jeffgrubb
The iPhone X gets a RED leather folio
Apple announced a new iPhone X leather folio , which comes out tomorrow. It’s a $99 leather phone case that was “specially tanned and finished” in Europe. The case has an outer flap to cover and protect the screen. Apple also announced red versions of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus today .
Tech group urges U.S. to recruit allies to take on China, not tariffs
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A trade group representing top technology companies on Monday told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that it opposes the Trump administration’s focus on tariffs to try to change China’s unfair trade practices.