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Josh Centers 3 comments

Amazon Workers May Be Listening to Your Alexa Conversations

Bloomberg has revealed that Amazon pays people to listen to a subset of Alexa recordings for the purpose of improving the technology. Do you trust Amazon with recordings of everything you say within an Echo’s earshot?

Geoff Duncan 7 comments

What Does the T2 Chip Mean for Mac Usage?

Apple's custom T2 chip brings better security to recent Macs—and we all like security! But the T2 also makes Macs harder to repair or use with non-Apple operating systems, and it can create nightmares for DJs and musicians. So is a T2 Mac right for you?

Josh Centers 50 comments

Verizon Now Offering Free Call Filtering to Block Telemarketers

Under pressure from the US Federal Communications Commission, Verizon now offers a free call-filtering service, but it’s just a band-aid on the spam-call problem.

Josh Centers 15 comments

The Tragic Death of “Do Not Track”

Over at Fast Company, Glenn Fleishman documents the rise and fall of the Do Not Track browser setting, a well-intentioned but ultimately doomed effort to make privacy easy for users.

Adam Engst 12 comments

The Quiet Spread of Data Brokers Selling Your Personal Information

A new Vermont law that requires data brokers to register with the state has enabled a Fast Company article revealing just how many of these companies there are, and how much they know about us. You can sometimes opt out.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Thunderclap Researchers Reveal Vulnerabilities Exploitable through Thunderbolt

A group of researchers has revealed a group of security vulnerabilities exploitable by merely plugging in a malicious Thunderbolt cable or peripheral.

Adam Engst 3 comments

What Would Life Be Like without the Tech Giants?

Ever wondered if you could go back to a simpler time without Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft controlling our technological lives? Kashmir Hill of Gizmodo tried cutting each one out in turn and then blocked all five. Here’s how it went.

Josh Centers 5 comments

The Lengths Thieves Will Go to Unlock iPhones

Apple’s Activation Lock feature has helped discourage iPhone thefts by preventing an iPhone from being activated while it’s registered to an iCloud account, but thieves are finding clever ways to work around this requirement.

Josh Centers 8 comments

Apple Re-Enables Group FaceTime with iOS 12.1.4 and macOS 10.14.3 Supplemental Update

Apple has released the iOS 12.1.4 and macOS 10.14.3 Supplemental Updates to re-enable Group FaceTime after fixing a nasty bug that enabled eavesdropping on FaceTime calls.

Adam Engst Josh Centers 2 comments

Certificate Wars: A Quick Rundown of Apple’s Dustup with Facebook and Google

Apple spent the past week engaged in a dizzying back-and-forth with Facebook and Google over shady research apps trying to make an end-run around App Store rules. Here’s a quick timeline of events and some thoughts on what it all means.

Josh Centers Rich Mogull 6 comments

Apple Fixes Group FaceTime Bug; Promises to Improve Bug Reporting Process

On its servers, Apple has fixed a nasty Group FaceTime bug that allowed callers to eavesdrop on fellow Apple users. This week it will release a software update to re-enable Group FaceTime.

Josh Centers 8 comments

Apple Shuts Down Facebook’s Internal Apps Due to Flagrant Policy Violations

After TechCrunch revealed that Facebook was flagrantly working around an App Store ban, Apple has taken the unusual step of revoking Facebook’s enterprise development certificates.

Adam Engst No comments

Apple Disables Group FaceTime to Block Glaring Privacy Hole

A bug in Group FaceTime has been discovered that enables anyone initiating a FaceTime Video call to hear audio from the other person’s iPhone before they accept or reject the call. Apple has disabled Group FaceTime and promises a fix “later this week.”

Josh Centers 19 comments

Beware Spoofed Calls from Apple

Phone scammers have found a way to make their phony calls look like they’re coming from Apple. Don’t be fooled!

Adam Engst 4 comments

Facebook Shared User Data with Other Tech Giants

Facebook has been caught sharing data on its 2.2 billion users with other tech companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, Spotify, and even Russian search giant Yandex. Apple is in the list too, but not in a way that makes sense.