The Federal Communications Commission on Friday released an update regarding areas suffering wireless, cable, and radio service outages due to Hurricane Michael, which made landfall near Bay County, Florida, on Wednesday.Read more…
Source: Gizmodo : Widespread Cable, Internet, and Radio Outages Mark Hurricane Michael’s Path of Destruction


Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | NurPhoto ) The attackers who carried out the mass hack that Facebook disclosed two weeks ago obtained user account data belonging to as many as 30 million users, the social network said on Friday. Some of that data—including phone numbers, email addresses, birth dates, searches,…
Source: Ars Tecnicha – Biz & IT : Here’s how to see if you’re among the 30 million compromised Facebook users


Amazon upgraded the sound, added seamless smart home hub controls and improved the look of the Amazon Echo Plus, all while keeping the $150 price tag.
Source: CNET – Reviews: Amazon Echo Plus (second-generation) review: Amazon’s fanciest speaker is still a tough sell – CNET


Are you one of the 30 million users hit by Facebook’s access token breach announced two weeks ago? Here’s how to find out. Facebook breach saw 15M users’ names & contact info accessed, 14M’s bios too Visit this Facebook Help center link while logged in: https://www.facebook.com/help/securitynotice?ref=sec. Scroll down to the section “Is…
Source: TechCrunch – Social: Here’s how to find out if your Facebook was hacked in the breach


High Beam When you push the button on a laser pointer, its entire beam seems to appear instantaneously. In reality,though, the photons shoot out like water from a hose, just at a speed too fast to see. Too fast for the human eye to see, anyways. Researchers at Caltech and the University…
Source: Futurism: The World’s Fastest Camera Can “Freeze Time,” Show Beams of Light in Slo-Mo


Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) Fitbit contracted smartwatch fever last year. And since the debut of its Ionic smartwatch, the company’s signature fitness trackers haven’t made as many waves as they once did. That’s due in part to users embracing the smartwatch more as the technology improves over time. But fitness…
Source: Ars Technica – Gears and Gadgets : Fitbit Charge 3 review: Peppering a fitness tracker with smartwatch powers


Enlarge / A Supermicro motherboard. (credit: Supermicro) By now, everyone knows the premise behind two unconfirmed Bloomberg articles that have dominated security headlines over the past week: spies from China got multiple factories to sneak data-stealing hardware into Supermicro motherboards before the servers that used them were shipped to Apple,…
Source: Ars Tecnicha – Biz & IT : If Supermicro boards were so bug-ridden, why would hackers ever need implants?


Razer Razer has announced the second iteration of its gaming-focused Razer Phone. Called the Razer Phone 2, the device improves the camera, adds wireless charging, and bumps up the specs across the board compared to its predecessor. The main draw is still its screen. The 5.7-inch LCD display has a 2560×1440-pixel…
Source: Ars Technica – Gears and Gadgets : The new Razer Phone 2 tries again to make the 120Hz gamer phone a thing


Enlarge / Clockwise, from the top left: Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2, Surface Headphones, Surface Pro 6. (credit: Microsoft) Microsoft was the fifth-biggest PC maker in the US in the third quarter of this year, according to industry advisory firm Gartner. The top spot in the US belongs to…
Source: Ars Technica – Gears and Gadgets : PC market flat, as Surface becomes a top-5 computer brand in the US


An Amazon Echo. (credit: Adam Bowie) Amazon has patented technology that could let Alexa analyze your voice to determine whether you are sick or depressed and sell you products based on your physical or emotional condition. The patent, titled “Voice-based determination of physical and emotional characteristics of users,” was issued…
Source: Ars Tecnicha – Biz & IT : Amazon patents Alexa tech to tell if you’re sick, depressed and sell you meds


Enlarge / The iPhone X in space gray (left) compared to the iPhone XS in gold (right). You can barely tell the difference from this angle. (credit: Samuel Axon) Apple struck a huge deal that will push its chip-making ambitions forward. The tech giant agreed to pay $600 million in…
Source: Ars Tecnicha – Biz & IT : Apple bets 0 million on improving Apple Watch, iPhone battery life


(credit: Wikipedia) Tiny Chinese spy chips were embedded onto Super Micro motherboards that were then sold to companies in the US, including Amazon and Apple, reports Bloomberg. The report has attracted strenuous denials from Amazon, Apple, and Super Micro. Bloomberg claims that the chips were initially and independently discovered by Apple
Source: Ars Technica – Gears and Gadgets : Bloomberg: Super Micro motherboards used by Apple, Amazon contained Chinese spy chips


Facebook’s stunning disclosure of a massive hack on Friday in which attackers gained access tokens to at least 50 million accounts—bypassing security measures and potentially giving them full control of both profiles and linked apps—has already stirred the threat of a $1.63 billion dollar fine in the European Union, …Read…
Source: Gizmodo : Facebook Could Face Up to .63 Billion Fine for Latest Hack Under the GDPR


What kind of characters are in Mad Max: Fury Road, and why do they fight? Read more…
Source: Gizmodo : This Fabulous Video Series Unpacks the Gender Dynamics of Mad Max: Fury Road


We cared about Cambridge Analytica because it could have helped elect Trump. We ignored LocationSmart because even the though the company was selling and exposing the real-time GPS coordinates of our phones, it was never clear exactly if or how that data was misused. This idea, that privacy issues are…
Source: TechCrunch – Social: Until data is misused, Facebook’s breach will be forgotten


French startup Ownpage has recently released a new product called Relike. Relike is one of the easiest ways to get started with email newsletters. You enter the web address of your Facebook page and that’s about it. The company automatically pulls your most recent posts from your Facebook page and…
Source: TechCrunch – Social: Relike lets you turn a Facebook page into a newsletter


Musk will step down as Tesla chair but stay as CEOBillionaire sent tweet about taking company privateElon Musk is to step down as chair of Tesla for three years and pay a fine after reaching a deal with the US financial regulator over tweets he made about taking the firm…
Source: The Guardian: Elon Musk and Tesla to pay m to settle SEC case over tweets


Facebook has announced a massive security issue affecting at least 50 million of its 2.23 billion active users. While the company is still investigating the issue, it already has taken steps to stop the exploit and protect users. Here’s what we know so far.Update 9/29/18: Facebook has said that third-party…
Source: PCworld : Facebook account hack FAQ: What happened, how it affects you, and what you should do now


Even if you never log into Facebook itself these days, the other apps and services you use might be impacted by Facebook’s latest big, bad news. In a follow-up call on Friday’s revelation that Facebook has suffered a security breach affecting at least 50 million accounts, the company clarified that…
Source: TechCrunch – Social: What Instagram users need to know about Facebook’s security breach


Some users are reporting that they are unable to post today’s big story about a security breach affecting 50 million Facebook users. The issue appears to only affect particular stories from certain outlets, at this time one story from The Guardian and one from the Associated Press, both reputable press outlets.…
Source: TechCrunch – Social: Facebook blocked users from posting some stories about its security breach


I really miss my Xbox 360 controller sometimes. These days I’ve almost entirely transitioned to an Xbox One controller, but the 360 just felt right, you know? Actually, scratch that—I know you know, or at least 27.2 million of you know.Those stats, plus a free weekend for The Crew 2,…
Source: PCworld : This week in games: The Xbox 360 controller’s continued dominance, Ace Attorney on PC, and The Crew 2’s free weekend


Enlarge / Facebook reset login tokens for 90 million accounts as it patched bugs that allowed 50 million accounts to be compromised. (credit: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Facebook reset logins for millions of customers last night as it dealt with a data breach that may have exposed nearly 50…
Source: Ars Tecnicha – Biz & IT : 50 million Facebook accounts breached by access-token-harvesting attack


It’s big, with a relatively huge display and battery, but no card slots and a sole USB-C connection. And did we mention Adobe Lightroom’s built in?
Source: CNET – Reviews: Zeiss’ ZX1 is part full-frame camera, part micro tablet – CNET


Enlarge / Scroby Sands offshore wind farm, Caister, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. (credit: Photo by: Geography Photos/UIG via Getty Images) This week, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) told the Global Wind Summit that wind energy was likely to become Europe’s dominant energy source by 2027 and…
Source: Ars Tecnicha – Biz & IT : International Energy Agency predicts wind will dominate Europe’s grid by 2027


Jack Ma, executive chairman of China’s Alibaba Group Holding, said on Saturday he plans to open an institute to train thousands of tech entrepreneurs in Indonesia, where he is already an adviser to the government on e-commerce.
Source: Reuters: Alibaba’s Jack Ma to open institute for tech entrepreneurs in Indonesia


Singapore Technologies Engineering has won a S$7.5 million ($5.5 million) contract for the trial of a smart lamp-post project in Singapore, which includes fitting sensors and cameras to posts in the city-state, according to the government’s official tender website.
Source: Reuters: ST Engineering wins .5 million Singapore contract to test smart lamp-posts


JCPenney offers a selection of Stafford Men’s Easy-Care Broadcloth Dress Shirts for $9.99 each. Add four shirts to cart for $39.96 and apply coupon code “COGIC1” to drop that to $27.97. (The code renders this price on shirts marked “$7.99 after coupon”.) Choose ship-to-store pickup to avoid the $8.95 shipping…
Source: CNET – Deals: 4 Stafford Men’s Broadcloth Dress Shirts for + pickup at JCP w/code COGIC1


E-Tech Galaxy via eBay offers the HP Pavilion x360 14-ba153cl Intel Kaby Lake R Core i5 1.6GHz 14″ Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop bundled with an HP Digital Pen for $579.99 with free shipping. That’s the lowest price we could find by $35. Features include: Intel Core i5-8250U 1.6GHz Kaby Lake R…
Source: CNET – Deals: HP Kaby Lake R i5 14″ 2-in-1 Laptop w/ Pen for 0 + free shipping


Walmart offers the Better Homes & Gardens Bryant End Table in Brown Maple for $64.10 with free shipping. That’s $25 off list and the lowest price we could find. It features a rustic finish with naturally occurring splits, knots, and imperfections.
Source: CNET – Deals: Better Homes & Gardens Bryant End Table for + free shipping


Walmart offers the Hyper Tough 4-volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Screwdriver for $14.88. Choose in-store pickup to avoid the $5.99 shipping charge. That’s the lowest price we could find by $7. Features include: Pivoting handle with forward/reverse LED battery level indicator adjustable torque clutch magnetic bit holder & 3 bits 2 hex…
Source: CNET – Deals: Hyper Tough 4V Cordless Screwdriver for + pickup at Walmart


Walmart offers the Better Homes and Gardens Bonded Leather Executive Office Chair in Brown for $94.09. Opt for in-store pickup to drop that to $91.10. That’s the lowest price we could find by $41. It features upholstered arm pads, pneumatic gas lift, and tilt tension adjustment.
Source: CNET – Deals: Better Homes & Gardens Leather Office Chair for + pickup at Walmart


Cyber attackers stole data from 29 million Facebook accounts using an automated program that moved from one friend to the next, Facebook Inc announced on Friday, as the social media company said its largest-ever data theft hit fewer than the 50 million profiles it initially reported.
Source: Reuters: Facebook now says data breach affected 29 million users, details impact


It’s 8:00 PM on Friday night and you’re home alone and already drunk. Oh, is that just me? Well no matter. Snapchat has made lenses for your cat now. Yes, that’s right. Your cat! This is what the internet is made for, friends. Not all that fake news and trolling.…
Source: TechCrunch – Social: Snapchat now has cat lenses. (Yes, for your cat.)


Company didn’t disclose leak for months to avoid a public relations headache and potential regulatory enforcementThis March, as Facebook was coming under global scrutiny over the harvesting of personal data for Cambridge Analytica, Google discovered a skeleton in its own closet: a bug in the API for Google+ had been…
Source: The Guardian: Google to shut down Google+ after failing to disclose user data leak

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