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+ - A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States-> 1

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redletterdave (2493036) writes "Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr., 24, allegedly scammed Apple not once, but 42 times, cheating the company out of more than $300,000 — and his scam was breathtakingly simple. According to a Secret Service criminal complaint, Parrish allegedly visited Apple Stores and tried to buy products with four different debit cards, which were all closed by his respective financial institutions. When his debit card was inevitably declined by the Apple Store, he would protest and offer to call his bank — except, he wasn’t really calling his bank. So he would allegedly offer the Apple Store employees a fake authorization code with a certain number of digits, which is normally provided by credit card issuers to create a record of the credit or debit override. But that’s the problem with this system: as long as the number of digits is correct, the override code itself doesn’t matter."
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+ - This Math Explains Why The Next iPhone Will Launch September 12->

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redletterdave (2493036) writes "In 2012, Apple introduced iOS 6 on June 11, and released the mobile operating system on Wednesday, Sept. 19 — exactly 100 days after its unveiling. The iPhone 5 launched two days later on Friday, Sept. 21. Last year, Apple unveiled iOS 7 on June 10, and released it on Sept. 18 — again, a Wednesday, and again, exactly 100 days after the unveiling. The iPhone 5S and 5C launched two days later on Friday, Sept. 20. This year, Apple unveiled iOS 8 on June 2. If the company wants to go 3-for-3 on its 100-day window between the public unveiling and launch dates, we may see iOS 8 launch on Wednesday, Sept. 10, which is, you guessed it, 100 days after it was unveiled at WWDC. And if Apple releases the new iPhone two days after iOS 8, as it’s done in the past, we may see the iPhone 6 release that Friday, Sept. 12."
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+ - This Gadget Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast, And It's A Serious Issue->

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redletterdave (2493036) writes "Dan Petro, a security analyst for the Bishop Fox IT consulting firm, built a proof of concept device that’s able to hack into any Google Chromecasts nearby to project Rick Astley’s 'Never Gonna Give You Up,' or any other video a prankster might choose. The 'Rickmote,' which is built on top of the $35 Raspberry Pi single board computer, finds a local Chromecast device, boots it off the network, and then takes over the screen with multimedia of one’s choosing. But it gets worse for the victims: If the hacker leaves the range of the device, there’s no way to regain control of the Chromecast. Unfortunately for Google, this is a rather serious issue with the Chromecast device that’s not too easy to fix, as the configuration process is an essential part of the Chromecast experience."
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+ - Microsoft's CEO Blasted Google X, And He's Right On The Money->

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redletterdave (2493036) writes "Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella offered an interesting answer when asked if his company could learn a thing or two from Google and its experimental X Labs that build the company’s 'moonshot' projects like Glass and the self-driving car: 'Always a lot to learn from people who market themselves well,' he said. Nadella’s comment may come across as subtle gamesmanship, but he’s also right. So far, Google’s Sergey Brin has done an excellent job drumming up hype for his company's semi-secret lab since 2010, but all of its current projects are in their infancy stages — in other words, nothing from Google X is ready for the public just yet."
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+ - Apple Gets Its First Batch Of iPhone Chips From TSMC->

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redletterdave (2493036) writes "Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s biggest chip maker by revenue, has shipped its first batch of microprocessors to Apple as the iPhone maker looks to diversify its overseas suppliers. Apple will continue to rely on Samsung for its microprocessors, but as the rivalry between Apple and Samsung heats up in the mobile and soon wearable arenas, the deal with TSMC allows Apple to be less reliant on Samsung and therefore have more leverage with respect to price negotiations for future chips, as TSMC has supplanted Samsung Electronics as Apple’s chief chipmaker for iPhones and iPads. Since 2011, Apple has been striking deals with other display and chip makers around Asia to reduce its dependence on Samsung. As a result of this slowdown in sales, Samsung on Monday announced operating income for its fiscal second quarter had sunk to a two-year low, blaming “weak” sales of low- and medium-end smartphones, strong competition and subpar demand."
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+ - Tor Gets Sued Over A Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service-> 1

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redletterdave (2493036) writes "Tor has been sued in the state of Texas over a revenge porn website that used its free encrypted communications service. The plaintiff in the case — Shelby Conklin, a criminal justice major at the University of North Texas — alleges a revenge porn site called Pinkmeth 'gained unauthorized access to nude photographs' she owned and posted them to the internet. She also said Tor, which The Economist once called 'a dark corner of the web,' was involved in an active 'civil conspiracy' with Pinkmeth because the revenge porn website used the anonymous communications service to prevent others from tracking its location."
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+ - Foxconn To Begin Replacing Workers With Robots->

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redletterdave (2493036) writes "The largest private employer in all of China and one of the biggest supply chain manufacturers in the world, Foxconn announced it will soon start using robots to help assemble devices at its several sprawling factories across China. Apple, one of Foxconn’s biggest partners to help assemble its iPhones, iPads, will be the first company to use the new service. Foxconn said its new 'Foxbots' will cost roughly $20,000 to $25,000 to make, but individually be able to build an average of 30,000 devices. According to Foxconn CEO Terry Gou, the company will deploy 10,000 robots to its factories before expanding the rollout any further. He said the robots are currently in their 'final testing phase.'"
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+ - Uber Is Now Cheaper Than A New York City Taxi->

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redletterdave (2493036) writes "Uber announced in a blog post on Monday it would cut the prices of its UberX service in New York City by 20% — but it’s only for a limited time. Uber says this makes it cheaper to use UberX than taking a taxi. Consumers like Uber’s aggressive pricing strategy but competitors — and some of its own drivers — are not as happy."
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+ - Perfectly-Cooked Toast Is The Best Invention Since Sliced Bread->

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redletterdave (2493036) writes "121 years after the first bread toaster arrived, one company has finally figured out how to make a smarter toaster that will never burn your bread. UK-based Dualit worked with Imperial College to create an algorithm that “calculates each variable in the toaster, from room and toaster temperature to how many slices it has toasted or how long it has to cool” to create perfectly light-brown toast without needing adjust dials every time you use the device. That said, the Dualit toasters still offer a setting for how you like your bread toasted, but if you set it to a certain setting, regardless of how many times you use the toaster, the bread will come out toasted the exact same way every time."
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+ - Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg: 'We Never Meant To Upset You'->

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redletterdave (2493036) writes "Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said the company’s massive secret experiment designed to purposefully manipulate the emotions of its users was communicated 'poorly.' Sandberg's public comments, which were the first from any Facebook executive following the discovery of the one-week psychological study, were made while attending a meeting with small businesses in India that advertise on Facebook. 'This was part of ongoing research companies do to test different products, and that was what it was,” Sandberg said. 'It was poorly communicated. And for that communication we apologize. We never meant to upset you.'"
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+ - How Apple Can Take Its Headphones To The Next Level->

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redletterdave (2493036) writes "Apple is one of the biggest headphones makers in the world thanks to those signature white earbuds that have shipped with every iPod, iPhone, and iPad since 2001. But even two years after earbuds became 'EarPods,' the design could still be improved — and competitors are taking notice. Amazon recently unveiled a new pair of in-ear headphones that are magnetic, tangle-free and $5 cheaper than Apple’s $30 EarPods, while smaller startups are promoting their own wireless and customizable 3D-printed earbuds. But Apple has an ace up its sleeve, in the form of patents for a set of headphones with 'one or more integrated physiological sensors' designed to help users keep track of their body stats."
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+ - Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women And Minorities->

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redletterdave (2493036) writes "In a blog post from Gregg Pollack, CEO of the Code School, Google is paying for three free months for any women and minorities interested in tech to expand their skills. The offer is part of Google’s $50 million 'Made With Code' initiative, which aims to help close the gender gap in tech. While Google is also offering the same vouchers to the women in attendance at its annual I/O developers conference this week, the search giant has released an online application that’s available to women everywhere. Google says its available vouchers for women number in the 'thousands.'"
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+ - Democrats Propose To Dismantle The FCC Plan That Could Ruin The Internet->

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redletterdave (2493036) writes "Two Democratic lawmakers — Senate Judiciary Committee chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) — will put forth a bill on Tuesday that would force the FCC to ban "internet fast lanes." The bill, called the Online Competition And Consumer Choice Act, would require the FCC to use its authority to ensure internet providers don’t speed up or slow down certain types of content at the expense of others. In other words, the legislation would reinforce the original principles of net neutrality by treating all data packets that travel across the internet equally — at least between consumers and their internet provider."
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+ - TweetDeck Has Been Hacked-> 1

Submitted by redletterdave
redletterdave (2493036) writes "TweetDeck, Twitter’s tool for real-time tracking and engagement of posts, was found to be vulnerable to cross-site scripting (XSS), a type of computer vulnerability commonly found in web applications that allows hackers to inject script into webpages to access user accounts and important security information. As a result of the hack, a tweet with an emoticon heart is being shared more than 38,000 times — automatically."
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+ - Comcast Targets Verizon With A Massive Hotspot Network->

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redletterdave (2493036) writes "With the flip of a switch, normal WiFi routers owned by more than 50,000 customers in Houston joined a massive public WiFi hotspot network late Tuesday afternoon, thanks to a new initiative from Comcast. On Wednesday, Comcast activated another 3 million residential hotspots nationwide, in cities like Indianapolis and Philadelphia. Comcast’s goal, according to the company, is to make it easier for people to use each other’s home Wi-Fi networks, but Comcast's real goal might have to do more with competition. In its bid to buy Time Warner Cable for $32 billion, Comcast wrote in an SEC filing that a massive WiFi network enabled by residential hotspots — like the one that just launched in Houston — 'could make a ‘WiFi first’ service, which combines commercial mobile radio service with Wi-Fi.'"
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