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Submission + - Immigration Canada's Website was brought down by Americans on Election Night

tlhIngan writes: US election day 2016, as the results were streaming in, the Immigration Canada website mysteriously went down, returning errors to visitors. It turns out that yes, a surge of visitors brought the website down. There were approximately 200,000 visitors when it went down, compared to an average of 17,000. Of those, half of those visitors were from the US, presumably looking up information on how to immigrate.

Submission + - Fallout 4 Mod Support Not Coming to PS4 (arstechnica.com)

tlhIngan writes: Sorry PS4 fans — mod support for Fallout 4 (and Skyrim Special Edition), a feature touted to give console players some of the best parts of the game, is no longer coming to the PS4. While it's been available on Xbox One for a few months now, PS4 support was always in 'beta" and long delayed from its expected release date of June. Bethesda has released the reason why — Sony will not approve of mods the way they should work — allowing users to do anything they want. Another sticking point is that while the Xbox One will allow users to download mods of up to 2GB in size, Sony would be limiting mods to 900MB. Until these issues are resolved, mod content for PS4 Fallout 4 or Skyrim will not be available.

Submission + - Android apps only for Chromebooks less than 2 years old

tlhIngan writes: Yesterday, Google announced Android apps and Play store are coming to Chromebooks. They just released the compatibility list of devices which will support it. Looking at the list, it is obvious that only devices less than two years old are getting the feature. If you have one of the original $1200+ Chromebook Pixels, you're out of luck, your Chromebook is not getting it, despite the hardware being faster and more capable than some current generation Chromebooks on the list, and still being supported by Google.

Submission + - Apple employee commits suicide at HQ (nbcbayarea.com)

tlhIngan writes: Time for Apple to bring in suicide netting on their buildings. An Apple employee was found dead in a conference room early Wednesday morning at Apple's headquarters (1 Infinite Loop). A gun was found nearby. Prior to this discovery, a female Apple employee was escorted out with a head injury. It is believed to be an isolated incident with no further danger to Apple employees or the public.

Submission + - City installs traffic lights in sidewalk for smartphone users (washingtonpost.com)

tlhIngan writes: It's finally happened — the smartphone zombies are here. The German city of Augsburg installed traffic lights in the sidewalk so smartphone users don't have to look up. Apparently people are so addicted to their smartphones they can't be bothered to look up at traffic signals, so embedding them in the ground they don't have to.

Submission + - FBI hires Cellebrite to Crack San Bernadino iPhone

tlhIngan writes: Earlier this week, the FBI asked the court for a continuance so it could do some research into a proposed method of cracking the phone. It turns out the FBI has contracted Cellebrite for $15,000 to break into the phone. Cellebrite is an Israeli software provider specializing in mobile phone forensics software and if they succeed, it would mean Apple would no longer need to be involved.

Submission + - A Look Inside Apple's User Data Utilization Wars (reuters.com) 1

tlhIngan writes: It's no secret Apple's on a privacy bent as of late. But that extends inside of Apple as well with various internal groups fighting for access to user data and often being denied by Apple's privacy "czars" who ensure Apple doesn't collect information they don't have to, that information is used only the ways the user allows and to design the systems to keep user data separate. This has lead to many conflicts, especially for the Siri and iAd team who often cannot access user data they need. Of course, Apple can do this because unlike Google or Facebook or others, Apple makes money on the hardware and not on the sale of customer data.

Submission + - DoJ wants Apple to decrypt 12 more iPhones (macrumors.com)

tlhIngan writes: The Wall Street Journal (paywalled) is reporting that the Department of Justice is seeking Apple's help in decrypting 12 other iPhones that may contain crime-related evidence. The cases are not identified, though a list of the 12 phones in question has come out, but it is not known what level of Apple assistance is required (i.e., how many of those cases are waiting on the FBI request for special firmware to be developed and to be used on "one more phone"). It appears Tim Cook's assertion that hundreds of requests are waiting on this software may not be a fabrication, and the goal is not about just one phone, but to set a precedent to unlock more phones.

Submission + - Backwards S-Pen can permanently damage Note 5 (arstechnica.com)

tlhIngan writes: Samsung recently released a new version of its popular Galaxy Note series phablet, the Note 5. However, it turns out that there is a huge design flaw in the design of its pen holder (which Samsung calls the S-pen). If you insert it backwards (pointy end out instead of in), it's possible for it get stuck damaging the S-pen detection features. While it may be possible to fix it (Ars Technica was able to, Android Police was not), there's also a chance that your pen is also stuck the wrong way in permanently as the mechanism that holds the pen in grabs the wrong end and doesn't let go.

Submission + - How desperate are you to charge your phone? (arstechnica.com)

tlhIngan writes: Apparently, someone was quite desperate. Right before a Broadway play, they jumped on the stage and plugged their phone into an "outlet" on a prop wall. Said prop wall had a socket on it (that didn't work), but it didn't matter to the phone's owner. The crew stopped the music, and ushers returned the phone back to the owner, mentioning that such behavior isn't allowed. The phone's owner, incredulously, asked the ushers where he could charge his phone. The play's producers capitalized on the incident with a new marketing promo.

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 + - FCC warned not to take actions a Republican-led FCC would dislike (arstechnica.com)

tlhIngan writes: Municipal broadband is in the news again — this time Chief of Staff Matthew Berry, speaking at the National Conference of State Legislatures, has endorsed states' right to ban municipal broadband networks and warned the (Democrat-led) FCC to not do anything that a future Republican led FCC would dislike. The argument is that municipal broadband discourages private investment in broadband communications, that taxpayer-funded projects are barriers to future infrastructure investment.

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.

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