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Submission + - Apple releaess iMessage eeregistration utility

tlhIngan writes: When moving from an iPhone to something else, if you were an avid user of iMessage, you may find your messages missing, especially from iOS-using firends. Indeed, it has been such a problem that there are even lawsuits about the problem. While Apple has maintained that users can always switch off iMessage, that only works if you still have your iOS device. Unless one also has other iOS devices or a Mac, they may not even realize their friends have been sending messages that are queued up on Apple's services via iMessage. Well, that problem has been resolved with Apple creating a deregistration utility to remove your phone number from the iMessage servers so friends will no longer send you texts via iMessage that you can no longer receive. It's a two-step process involving proof of number ownership (via regular SMS) before deregistration takes place.

Submission + - Bypassing Two-Factor Authentication by Hacking Cell Phone Carrier

tlhIngan writes: You, a security minded consumer, enable two-factor authentication on your important accounts (e.g., Google) to ensure that only you can log into it. Many two-factor systems rely on sending you a text when you log in to confirm your identity or to perform and confirm transactions. However, you may have overlooked security of your cellphone carrier — and Grant Blakeman found out the hard way when his Google account was hacked in order to steal his Instagram handle. Turns out hackers enabled call-forwarding on his cellphone (which redirects texts to that new number as well), enabling them to obtain the necessary passcode to log in. Hacker News has a bit more commentary.

Submission + - Uber's new problem - Assaults and Carjackings (pando.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Uber has come under attack lately from taxi drivers to government regulators. However, a new problem has risen up. Uber drivers in LA are reporting assaults at gunpoint, their phones stolen, even carjackings, s. Uber drivers suspect the taxi industry since the phones (ancient iPhone 4 models issued by Uber to the drivers) are effectively worthless, but taking them ensures the driver cannot pick up new fares. The drivers are rapidly discovered using the client-side Uber app which shows which drivers are nearby for pickup. Of course, it could be coincidental as well, since taxi driving is among the most dangerous jobs out there (approximately 18% of all taxi drivers are injured from assaults or other violent acts).

Submission + - Amazon confirms Hachette Spat Is to "Get A Better Deal" (amazon.com) 1

tlhIngan writes: Last week we heard that Amazon was withdrawing Hachette books from its virtual shelves including allowing preorders of the new JK Rowling book. Amazon has responded to these allegations, and confirms that yes, they are purposefully preventing pre-orders and lowering stock in order to get a better deal from Hachette. Amazon recommends that in the meantime, customers either buy a used or new copy from their zShops or buy from a competitor. Amazon admits there is nothing wrong with Hachette's business dealings and that they are a generally good supplier.

Submission + - Glasshole Googlebombs Restaurant When Asked To Remove Glass

tlhIngan writes: Katy Kasmai loves her Google Glass. So she took great offense while dining at Feast (a restaurant in NYC) when staff members asked her to remove it citing patron privacy concerns. Her reaction? A call to arms to downvote the restaurant by leaving it nevative one-star reviews. Most were fake, few having actually visited Feast (or even living in NYC), all taking offense over other's concerns about surveillance. Of course, more violent methods of Glass removal have occurred in the past. Do over-entitled Glassholes potentially doom the future of the technology?

Submission + - Google Admits G+ Created To Mine More User Information

tlhIngan writes: In an admission not unexpected, Google admits to using Google+ as a means to gather more user information. Linking together various Google services to help keep track of your activities across the Internet, it's seen as Google knowing more about you than Facebook (and presumably to use the majority marketshare of advertising to sell you product). Google does not fear a mass exodus, believing that the more people want to use your products, the more you can get away with.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What's there to like about the BETA? (slashdot.org) 7

Narnie writes: I come to /. not for the nearly interesting pseudo-tech articles, but for the lively, self-moderated discussion. Today I'm bit surprised to see every discussion summarized to fuckbeta. Popping up all over the place there's discussions about beta and even alternatives being revived and created. As I tend not to RTFA, I haven't sampled the beta myself. So, I ask you guys, what's there to like about the BETA and what's there to loath?

Submission + - Slashdot users give new beta design a huge Bronx cheer 2

Presto Vivace writes: Alice Marshall reports that:

Slashdot users are extremely unhappy with the new Slashdot Beta design. The comment section of every single post is devoted to dissatisfaction with the new design. ... ... The thing to keep in mind about community sites devoted to user generated content is that the users generate the content.

Submission + - Is Slashdot staying relevant to Nerds that Matter with stuff that's news? 4

mmell writes: Recently, Slashdot unveiled a new look and not unlike virtually every update the people running /. attempt, this proposed, beta change has caused widespread panic and hysteria such as not been seen since the broadcast of H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds. At what point do users of a free service gain a right to destroy that service (evidence of which is clearly visible throughout the site and requires no citation)? Has the average /. user devolved to the level of all the non-slashdotters we used to make fun of?

Submission + - slashdot drives away people with beta 2

An anonymous reader writes: For many months now, people have been quietly redirected to slashdot's beta site (beta.slashdot.org). Any negative feedback of the beta is ignored and/or disavowed. The majority of viewers do not like the beta — resulting in major loss of viewership.

Will slashdot alienate existing users of the site and keep pushing the beta OR will it keep the users and boot the beta?

Submission + - PS4 vs. Xbox One - PS4 Users View 3 Times as Much Porn

tlhIngan writes: Well, one metric is in. If you want porn, apparently the PS4 is the machine to buy. SugarDVD, the Netflix of porn, reports 3 times as many PS4 users used its console app over the Xbox One. While it's tempting to guess that the PS4 sold 3:1 over the Xbox One, actual figures don't agree. SugarDVD CEO anticipates the numbers to change, as the Xbox One "offers a more seamless an interactive experience". One theory to the difference is the PS4 is aimed at hardcore gamers, while the Xbox One is aimed at more family pursuits.

Submission + - Valve's Steam removes its first game (forbes.com) 1

tlhIngan writes: Today marks the first day that Valve has removed a game completely off its service. Order of War: Challenge has been not only removed from the service, but it is the first to be removed completely from a user's library as well. Previously, when a game was removed from Steam, it was just removed — as long as a local copy exists in your library, you could always play it, back it up, reactivate it, etc, (similar to Apple's iTunes and App Store — it may be gone, but as long as a copy exists, it'll work). Now it appears that Valve has actually gone the next step alongside Amazon and Google and removed games from a library.

Submission + - A new way to monetize mobile apps - Bitcoins (macrumors.com)

tlhIngan writes: App developers have long struggled with ways to make money from their apps — from selling them outright in the app stores to liberal use of in-app purchases and in-app advertising. The problem with in-app ads is obvious — for those on Android, it's the ridiculous amount of permissions required to support it. For those apps that use the Unity framework, Icoplay introduces a new way to make money — Bitcoins. Their Icominer plugin for Unity turns spare CPU cycles of a user's device into mining Bitcoins. It transparently works in the background and promises to not interfere with general gameplay. Unmentioned though is the impact to user's battery life and drain on system resources, especially given how iOS7 now (and Android always) supports full multitasking with background support. The plugin is still in development, and is supposed to cost around $80.

Submission + - Apple converting trial and pirated iWork, iLife and Aperture to full versions (mactrast.com)

tlhIngan writes: One aspect about the new OS X Mavericks release was that all Apple produced software was to be downloadable and updatable through the Mac App Store. However, this has the obvious implication of what happens to users who bought the software before Mac App Store? Initial reports showed that the Mac App Store scanned your hard drive for the apps and offered to associate it with your Apple ID, and that the scanning even found trial and pirated versions and upgraded those to fully licensed versions. Even more interestingly, this is not a bug, and it appears Apple is turning a blind eye to the practice and giving away copies of iLife, iWork and Aperture to users who own trial or even pirated versions of the apps. Apple has also recently stopped providing downloadable trial versions of iLife, iWork and Aperture from their web site.

Submission + - Samsung Fudging Benchmarks Again on Galaxy Note 3

tlhIngan writes: A few months ago, Samsung was caught gaming benchmarks on the Galaxy S4 (International version). They would lock the GPU at a higher-than-normal frequency when certain applications were run, including many popular Android benchmarking programs. These had the expected result of boosting the performance numbers. This time, the Galaxy Note 3 was caught doing the same thing, boosting CPU scores by 20% over the otherwise identical LG G2 (which uses the same SoC at the same clock). Samsung defends these claims by saying the other apps make use of such functionality, but Ars reversed-engineered the relevant code and discovered it applied only to benchmark applications. Even more damning was that the Note 3 was still faster than the G2 when run using "stealth" (basically renamed) versions of the benchmarking apps which did not get the boost.

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