Court rules Stingray use without a warrant violates Fourth Amendment

Today, the Washington DC Court of Appeals overturned a Superior Court conviction of a man who was located by police using a cell-site simulator, or Stingray, CBS News reports. The court ruled that the defendant's Fourth Amendment rights were violated…

Miss 3D Touch App Switcher Gesture In iOS 11? It’s Coming Back In An Update, Confirms Apple

If you miss 3D Touch App Switcher multitasking gesture in iOS 11, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s coming back in a future update as confirmed by Apple’s senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi himself.

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LIFX Bulbs Add HomeKit Support, August Announces New Locks And Doorbell

LIFX smart bulbs have just received Apple HomeKit support for iPhone and iPad users while August has announced a new range of smart locks and a doorbell.

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Facebook and Amazon might bid on English Premier League rights

It's no secret that online titans are jockeying with each other for sports streaming rights. Most of the news has revealed domestic squabbling, like when Amazon wrested the rights to broadcast NFL games from Twitter back in April. But a Manchester Un…

Tech Deals: 2 Battlefield Xbox One Games For $9.90, 39% Off Sony Sound Bar, $9 iPhone 8 Case, More

We are reaching the end of the working week, but that doesn’t mean that we are ready to switch off and wind down. In fact, quite the opposite as we once again present you with an array of wonderful technology-based deals for your consideration. Make sure to view the products, decide if it’s something you want in your life, either for yourself or a loved one, and then purchase before time runs out.

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Review: ShoulderPod brings Lego-like modularity to iPhone camera accessories

Smartphone grips and mounts are a dime a dozen nowadays. Making a product that stands apart from the crowd is difficult, but ShoulderPod may be the first company to do that in a long time. The company has built out a modular smartphone camera system allowing photographers and videographers to customize their tools to suit their individual needs. I put the company’s Lego-like experience to the test over the past few weeks, and have been pleasantly surprised with just about everything it offers.


Database provider MongoDB has filed to go public

 MongoDB, a database software company based in New York, has filed to go public with the Securities and Exchange Commission as it continues to burn a ton of cash despite its revenue almost doubling year-over-year. The company, which provides open-source database software that became very attractive among early-stage startups, is one of a myriad of companies that have sought to go public by… Read More

Budweiser Offers Free Lyft Rides to Stop Drunk Driving

Lyft and Budweiser have teamed up together to help stop people drunk driving. Budweiser is offering 150,000 free Lyft rides between now and the end of the year, the idea being that if you’re getting a Lyft you’re not driving in an inebriated state. Whether you’ve drunk Budweiser or not. Most people reading this will go out for a few drinks with friends at least once over the holiday season. It’s the done thing, especially over the holidays. However, unless you have that one friend who doesn’t mind staying sober while everyone else around them is getting wasted, you’ll need…

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Baidu announces $1.5B fund to back self-driving car startups

 Baidu is putting some serious cash behind its self-driving car push after it announced a $1.5 billion fund that’s focused on backing autonomous driving tech companies. The Chinese giant, best known for its internet search service and AI technology, has prioritized autonomous vehicles in a major way in recent years so this comes as little surprise. Baidu made its Apollo self-driving… Read More

First iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K preorders now arriving around the world

As the clock turns to Friday, September 22nd around the globe, people are slowly starting to receive their new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K devices. As is always the case with Apple preorders, customers in Australia and New Zealand are the first to receive their preordered devices…


Microsoft confirms plans for a new flagship store in Regent Street opposite Apple

 Shopping may be turning into an increasingly virtual experience, with people buying goods online and through apps, but there is no denying the power of a physical in-store experience — a lesson Microsoft is taking to heart. Today the company announced it will be opening a new flagship store in London — just a stone’s throw from the Apple flagship store. Read More

Thoughts on Facebook’s 9 plans to curb election interference

 Election meddling is Facebook’s next adversary, and it’s got a plan to attack it just like it did with fake news. Solutions to both these scourges come too late to prevent tampering that may have aided Donald Trump winning the presidency — but at least Facebook is owning up to the problem, working with the government and starting to self-regulate. Read More

CCleaner malware outbreak is much worse than it first appeared

The recent CCleaner malware outbreak is much worse than it initially appeared, according to newly unearthed evidence. That evidence shows that the CCleaner malware infected at least 20 computers from a carefully selected list of high-profile technology companies with a mysterious payload.

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Facebook and Twitter play bigger role in Congressional election-hacking probe

 As Congressional investigations into Russia’s role in manipulating the election for U.S. president deepens, tech companies are assuming a more central role in the inquiries. Both Twitter and Facebook are stepping up their efforts to cooperate with Congressional investigations into Russian interference with last year’s presidential election. Read More

SEC Chairman reveals financial reporting system was hacked

In a statement published on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website yesterday, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton revealed that the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval (EDGAR) system was compromised last year. Data from EDGAR, which is used to receive and publish corporate filings to the agency, “may have provided the basis for illicit gain through trading,” Clayton said. “Notwithstanding our efforts to protect our systems and manage cybersecurity risk, in certain cases cyber threat actors have managed to access or misuse our systems.” The revelations were part of a statement by Clayton on the SEC’s overall cybersecurity posture and policy.

This is not the first time the SEC has exposed financial data. In 2014, an audit from the SEC’s inspector general found that hundreds of agency laptops could not be accounted for, and many of them may have contained non-public financial market data. But the 2016 breach was the result of a deliberate attack aimed at accessing the EDGAR filing system.

EDGAR is the system that accepts electronic filings of statements from corporations regarding their finances and events or activities that might have an impact on their business. The system also allows the public—including investors and researchers—to access those filings. EDGAR amounts to a huge content management and workflow system, containing data on all manner of publicly traded stocks, bonds, and other securities. It’s intended to ensure that all parties have access to the same information at the same time to minimize the ability of some to take advantage of the release of advance financial information.

Adjusting if Apple Watch auto-shows corresponding app when playing audio on iPhone

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[UPDATE] appinst (App Installer) 1.0 — Code refactored and cleaned up

Cydia/APT Repo URL:

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Changelog (full changelog)

  • Refactored many parts of appinst's code and removed many things that are no longer in use.

Command-line IPA app installer for iOS 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. Supports arm64.

App Installer is a command-line utility to install .ipa packages. Requires AppSync Unified to install unsigned/fakesigned/self-signed apps.

Usage: appinst <ipa file>

[UPDATE] AppSync Unified 6.0.1 — Fixed ASU on 32-bit iOS 9.3.5 devices running Phœnix, general code refactor

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IMPORTANT: Regarding AppSync Unified and Piracy

Changelog (full changelog)

  • Re-enabled asu_inject on 32-bit devices running the Phœnix iOS 9.3.5 jailbreak to work around a bug where rebooting and kickstarting the jailbreak would cause AppSync Unified to cease to function.

  • Refactored many parts of AppSync Unified's code and removed many things that are no longer in use.

Unified AppSync dynamic library for iOS 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. Supports arm64.

  • AppSync Unified is NOT for piracy.

  • AppSync Unified is for freedom of iOS development with the official Xcode iOS SDK.

  • Jailbreaking is NOT for piracy.

  • Jailbreaking is for freedom of your iOS device.

AppSync Unified is a tweak that patches installd to allow for the installation of unsigned IPA packages on an iOS device. This is particularly useful for iOS developers who are not enrolled in Apple's official iOS Developer Program, as it allows these developers to debug and test their apps on their own devices using modifications such as iOSOpenDev.

I explain the problem with AppSync Unified and iOS piracy rather thoroughly in this reddit post. Please give it a read.

Again, AppSync is NOT meant to support piracy. Obviously it can still be used in that way, and I, nor anyone else can really stop you if you want to pirate, but please don't pirate and support the developers!

Are Cryptocurrency Miners The Future for Pirate Sites?

Last weekend The Pirate Bay surprised friend and foe by adding a Javascript-based cryptocurrency miner to its website.

The miner utilizes CPU power from visitors to generate Monero coins for the site, providing an extra revenue source.

Initially, this caused the CPUs of visitors to max out due to a configuration error, but it was later adjusted to be less demanding. Still, there was plenty of discussion on the move, with greatly varying opinions.

Some criticized the site for “hijacking” their computer resources for personal profit, without prior warning. However, there are also people who are happy to give something back to TPB, especially if it can help the site to remain online.

Aside from the configuration error, there was another major mistake everyone agreed on. The Pirate Bay team should have alerted its visitors to this change beforehand, and not after the fact, as they did last weekend.

Despite the sensitivities, The Pirate Bay’s move has inspired others to follow suit. Pirate linking site is one of the first. While they use the same mining service, their implementation is more elegant.

Alluc shows how many hashes are mined and the site allows users to increase or decrease the CPU load, or turn the miner off completely. miner

Putting all the controversy aside for a minute, the idea to let visitors mine coins is a pretty ingenious idea. The Pirate Bay said it was testing the feature to see if it’s possible as a replacement for ads, which might be much needed in the future.

In recent years many pirate sites have struggled to make a decent income. Not only are more people using ad-blockers now, the ad-quality is also dropping as copyright holders actively go after this revenue source, trying to dry up the funds of pirate sites. And with Chrome planning to add a default ad-blocker to its browser, the outlook is grim.

A cryptocurrency miner might alleviate this problem. That is, as long as ad-blockers don’t start to interfere with this revenue source as well.

Interestingly, this would also counter one of the main anti-piracy talking points. Increasingly, industry groups are using the “public safety” argument as a reason to go after pirate sites. They point to malicious advertisements as a great danger, hoping that this will further their calls for tougher legislation and enforcement.

If The Pirate Bay and other pirate sites can ditch the ads, they would be less susceptible to these and other anti-piracy pushes. Of course, copyright holders could still go after the miner revenues, but this might not be easy.

TorrentFreak spoke to Coinhive, the company that provides the mining service to The Pirate Bay, and they don’t seem eager to take action without a court order.

“We don’t track where users come from. We are just providing servers and a script to submit hashes for the Monero blockchain. We don’t see it as our responsibility to determine if a website is ‘valid’ and we don’t have the technical capabilities to do so,” a Coinhive representative says.

We also contacted several site owners and thus far the response has been mixed. Some like the idea and would consider adding a miner, if it doesn’t affect visitors too much. Others are more skeptical and don’t believe that the extra revenue is worth the trouble.

The Pirate Bay itself, meanwhile, has completed its test run and has removed the miner from the site. They will now analyze the results before deciding whether or not it’s “the future” for them.

Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

7 of the Best iOS 11 Features You’ll Actually Use

iOS 11 includes many new features and a variety of subtle changes, but we’re going to highlight some of the best features available in iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad that you will actually use. From the ability to scan documents with your camera, improving the Control Center, to less distracted driving, better file handling, … Read More

If Bill Gates really thinks ctrl-alt-del was a mistake, he should have fixed it himself

An IBM keyboard signed by ctrl-alt-del inventor David Bradley. (credit: Ross Grady)

Once again, Bill Gates has bemoaned the creation of the ctrl-alt-del shortcut. Talking at Bloomberg Global Business Forum, Gates reiterates that he wishes IBM had created a dedicated button for the feature. We’re republishing this piece from 2013, because we still think that Gates’ telling of the story is a little misleading; for IBM it was a feature, not a flaw, that ctrl-alt-del requires two hands, and if Microsoft really wanted a single button ctrl-alt-del for Windows NT, it was Microsoft, not IBM, with the market dominance to achieve that.

Speaking at Harvard earlier this month, Bill Gates was asked why you have to press ctrl-alt-del before you can enter your password and log in to Windows. After explaining the security rationale, Gates then said that it was a “mistake” and that it was due to IBM refusing to add a single button to take the place of the three finger salute.

It’s a nice story, but it doesn’t really add up.

Here Are The 10 Best Deals On Amazon Today

For its Deal of the Day, Amazon has a ton of TP-Link networking devices on sale, and we’ve analyzed them all to find the 10 best. TP-Link Deco M5 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System TP-Link Deco M5 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System | Unique Antivirus Security Protection and Parental Controls | Up to 4,500 sq. ft. Coverage | Works with Alexa and IFTTT | 3-Pack TP-Link Deco M5 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System | Unique Antivirus Security Protection and Parental Controls | Up to 4,500 sq. ft. Coverage | Works with Alexa and IFTTT | 3-Pack “Solid throughput performance. Robust Controls. Built-in…

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