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Apple Logs Your iMessage Contacts - And May Share Them With Police: The Intercept 61

The Intercept is reporting that despite what Apple claims, it does keep a log of people you are receiving messages from and shares this and other potentially sensitive metadata with law enforcement when compelled by court order. Apple insists that iMessage conversations are safe and out of reach from anyone other than you and your friends. From the report:This log also includes the date and time when you entered a number, along with your IP address -- which could, contrary to a 2013 Apple claim that "we do not store data related to customers' location," identify a customer's location. Apple is compelled to turn over such information via court orders for systems known as "pen registers" or "tap and trace devices," orders that are not particularly onerous to obtain, requiring only that government lawyers represent they are "likely" to obtain information whose "use is relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation." Apple confirmed to The Intercept that it only retains these logs for a period of 30 days, though court orders of this kind can typically be extended in additional 30-day periods, meaning a series of monthlong log snapshots from Apple could be strung together by police to create a longer list of whose numbers someone has been entering.

Submission + - Intel Breaking Qualcomm's Hold on Baseband Chips

randomErr writes: In a big blow to Qualcomm, Apple plans to incorporate Intel baseband chips into at least some models of the new iPhone 7. The selection of Intel chip means that in newer iPhones Apple will no longer support CDMA technology popularized by Qualcomm. The Wall Street Journal states that many industry analysts believe Intel could be supplying as many as half of of baseband chips for Apple's handsets.

Submission + - Did your know that learning a second language build attention and focus?

randomErr writes: People who speak two languages gain a cognitive advantages that most people do not have. Scientists at the University of Birmingham had 99 study participants complete three inhibitory control tests. Birmingham researcher Andrea Krott said "Our research suggests that the lifetime task of switching between languages appears to enhance the ability to maintain attention,"

Comment I side with Microsoft (Score 5, Insightful) 331

Emoji's are meant to be a quick and simple way to express what is going on in our lives. Guns are real part of our lives. They can be used for cruelty or entertainment. If we keep censoring every little thing because someone might be offended we'll devolve in and Orwellian society.

Comment Just plain extortion (Score 3, Insightful) 110

My guess is that Brazilian authorities want personal information on a citizen from Facebook and Facebook will not comply. I hope the judge is ready for the repercussions of his decision. If this goes through I look for mass protests and the call for the removal of the judge. There is almost no way Facebook can't come out this smelling like a rose.

Submission + - Wine now running on Intel ChromeBooks

grungy writes: The first Intel ChromeBooks have access to the Play Store now, and the Android version of Wine apparently runs on them. Phoronix reports that CodeWeavers CrossOver is running on Intel ChromeBooks. Pictures show the Steam client running, and a clip of a D3D game. Of course, the Play Store is only available on the ChromeOS developer channel so far, but that should change later this year.

Submission + - NY Man Sentenced for SWATting, Carding, Doxing, Threats

ScentCone writes: 22-year-old NY man Mir Islam has been sentenced to 24 months behind bars for participation in an extensive campaign under the "UG Nazi" brand of SWATting the homes of celebrities and public figures, posting private financial information, making bomb threats, and DDoS-ing web sites. No, he's not a Nazi, but "I thought we were going to get more media because everyone hates Nazis." Four co-conspirators, both domestic and overseas, have been identified.

Submission + - SPAM: Why The Vivaldi Browser Wants You To Control Everything

Orome1 writes: A long time has passed since the IT industry was abuzz with browser wars, and when Jón S. von Tetzchner, co-founder and former CEO of Opera Software, announced he’s building a new browser, many were skeptical whether he can start one again. Because – let’s be realistic – making a dent in the browser market is exceedingly hard. Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari and IE have plenty of users and features. Undeterred by the skepticism, the Vivaldi team worked hard, and after more than a year of public development, Vivaldi 1.0 was released in April 2016. In an interview with Help Net Security, von Tetzchner, now CEO of Vivaldi, talks about building a new browser, its unique features, privacy and security.
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Submission + - Clinton: It's 'heartbreaking' when IT workers must train H-1B replacements (computerworld.com)

dcblogs writes: Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, on Monday criticized the replacement of U.S. IT workers with foreign labor but stopped short of offering a plan to fix it. In a videotaped interview with Vox, Clinton appears empathetic and sympathetic to IT workers who have trained their foreign replacements as a condition of severance. She mentioned IT layoffs at Disney, specifically. "The many stories of people training their replacements from some foreign country are heartbreaking, and it is obviously a cost-cutting measure to be able to pay people less than what you would pay an American worker," said Clinton in the interview. Keith Barrett, a former IT worker Disney who was among those replaced by contractors, was not happy with Clinton's comments."She starts off as if she understands the problem, but then dismisses it as collateral damage not of significant volume to address, and blends in the problem of illegal immigrant labor, which is mostly working in unskilled labor," said Barrett.

Submission + - NHK to begin 8k test broadcasts in August

AmiMoJo writes: NHK, Japan's national broadcaster, has decided to skip over 4k entirely and go straight to 8k broadcasts, starting on the 1st of August. (Japanese site, English site with some details). 8k "Super Hi-Vision" delivers 7680x4320 pixels, 16x that of standard HD, at 120Hz progressive scan and 12 bit colour. Sound is 22 channel surround. Initial broadcasts are on satellite channels, with a full service due in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Submission + - SPAM: Adobe Brings VR Video Editing Tools to Premiere Pro

An anonymous reader writes: Adobe Premiere Pro, one of the world's most popular video editing programs, has been updated with new tools to support editing VR video. Equirectangular footage of varying field of view (up to 360 degrees) can be imported and edited just like regular footage, including a new window which allows the editor to preview what the footage will look like through a given VR headset. Monoscopic and stereoscopic (side-by-side & over-under) footage is supported. A new option present when exporting video embeds meta-data to identify VR footage as such for appropriate identification and playback through services like YouTube's VR video player.
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