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Adam Engst 3 comments

Additional GoTo Data Stolen in the LastPass Breach

The repercussions of the LastPass breach continue to resonate, with parent company GoTo now admitting that data associated with its services Central, Pro, join.me, Hamachi, and RemotelyAnywhere was also stolen. Change your passwords and look for alternatives.

Adam Engst 20 comments

Apple Avoids Big Tech Layoffs, Other Tech Giants Focus on AI

Amidst nearly 75,000 tech industry layoffs in the last year, Apple alone has avoided cutting headcount. Why? And what does it mean that the other tech giants all reference AI in their letters to employees?

Adam Engst 17 comments

Twitter Bans Third-Party Client Apps

It's official—Twitter has changed its developer agreement to ban third-party apps like Twitterrific and Tweetbot. Would the last Twitter app out the door please turn off the lights?

Adam Engst 28 comments

Elon Musk Buys Twitter (Really) for $44 Billion

The soap opera is over, or it’s just beginning. The world’s wealthiest man has finally purchased Twitter for $44 billion and taken it private. All bets are off now.

Josh Centers 8 comments

Microsoft Rebranding Office to Microsoft 365

Microsoft is dropping its Office brand and rebranding its productivity apps as Microsoft 365.

Josh Centers 8 comments

No, Lufthansa Isn’t Banning AirTags from Luggage

German airline Lufthansa set off a firestorm when it claimed that AirTags aren’t allowed in checked baggage, but it was a simple case of confusion about regulations.

Adam Engst 11 comments

Apple Changes Portable Mac Descriptor from “Notebook” to “Laptop”

At long last, Apple has given up on the nonsensical “notebook” term and returned to referring to portable Macs as “laptops.” About time.

Glenn Fleishman 29 comments

USB Simplifies Branding but Reintroduces Active Cables

The group that creates USB standards listened to feedback and has released a reduced set of logos that make it easier to figure out the capabilities of your ports, peripherals, and cables. But changes to USB4 also mean the return of active cables to provide maximum throughput for a new 80 Gbps data rate over distances beyond 0.8 meters.

Adam Engst 80 comments

Dark Sky Fading; iOS 16’s Weather Brightens

Apple has announced that the Dark Sky weather app it purchased several years ago will cease working at the end of the year. Happily, iOS 16’s bundled Weather app has appropriated Dark Sky’s best features. But Adam Engst still prefers CARROT Weather.

Josh Centers 3 comments

Walmart.com Listed Fake 30 TB SSDs For Sale

A security researcher discovered a 30 TB SSD on Walmart’s website for under $18. He bought one and cracked it open to learn just how it was too good to be true.

Adam Engst 1 comment

Free Two-Month Membership in Online NMUG Mac User Group

One of the most vibrant Mac user groups in the world is the Naples MacFriends User Group, which has been drawing hundreds of members from around the world to its weekly online meetings. NMUG is offering two free months of membership for anyone who signs up in September.

Adam Engst 57 comments

Claris’s Plans for FileMaker Bode Well for Individual Users

Claris has announced that it will be changing the name of FileMaker Pro to Claris Pro and integrating it with a modern, Web-based development environment called Claris Studio. Even better, it will be free for personal use—a license fee is necessary only when deploying a solution to additional users.

Adam Engst 88 comments

Facebook Change Ensures Tracking by Preventing URL Stripping

If you use Brave or Firefox to protect your privacy from the social media sausage machine, note that Facebook has just changed its URL scheme to prevent privacy tools from stripping URL tracking parameters.

Adam Engst 49 comments

Elon Musk Buys Twitter for $44 Billion

Billionaire Elon Musk has purchased Twitter for $44 billion and will take the social media company private.

Glenn Fleishman 47 comments

Understand Cryptocurrency, but Don’t Invest in It

Cryptocurrency is volatile, expensive to trade, illiquid, and rife with scams and account hijacking. Yet it contains kernels of technology and principles that likely will dominate financial markets in the future.