38 Best President's Day Sales on Laptops, TVs, Gear (2019)

38 Best President's Day Sales on Laptops, TVs, Gear (2019)

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An Apple-Hacking Teen, SIM-Swap Indictments, and More Security News This Week

An Apple-Hacking Teen, SIM-Swap Indictments, and More Security News This Week

Security News This Week: A Teen Won't Tell Apple How He Hacked MacOS Giulia Marchi/Getty Images It's frankly hard, at the end of this long week, to devote much mental energy to any news that's not Jeff Bezos going to war with the National Enquirer , but stay with us!

Which MacBook Should You Actually Buy?

Which MacBook Should You Actually Buy?

The new Air is a lot like the new MacBook Pro models, with a sharp, 13-inch Retina display, a responsive trackpad, an improved butterfly keyboard (with a dust shield), surprisingly potent speakers, and two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports for charging and hooking up peripherals.

Sprint Sues AT&T, Proving ‘5G’ Is Still Meaningless

Sprint Sues AT&T, Proving ‘5G’ Is Still Meaningless

The four largest US mobile carriers have largely settled on the LTE, or "Long Term Evolution" standard for their 4G networks.

Senators Grill Facebook, Google, and Apple Over Invasive Apps

Senators Grill Facebook, Google, and Apple Over Invasive Apps

Senators Grill Facebook, Google, and Apple Over Invasive Apps Senators Richard Blumenthal (pictured), Ed Markey, and Josh Hawley want more information about Facebook’s Project Atlas program.

Go Update iOS Right Now to Fix That Very Bad FaceTime Bug

Go Update iOS Right Now to Fix That Very Bad FaceTime Bug

When security threatens that, then it becomes a priority, so win-win." "It seems inexcusable that Apple allows this and many other bugs to make it into production code." Patrick Wardle, Digita Security The bug stemmed from a logic issue with FaceTime's group calling feature, which Apple introduced at the end of 2018 as part of launching its new iOS 12 mobile operating system.

Facebook Messenger Lets You Unsend Now. Why Doesn't Every App?

Facebook Messenger Lets You Unsend Now. Why Doesn't Every App?

(Also note that Facebook apparently did not bother asking those questions when giving the power to Zuckerberg and other company executives.) “With a feature like Remove Message, we wanted to carefully balance flexibility and control with protecting our users from abuse of the feature,” says a Facebook spokesperson.

Google Offers a Pair of Apps to Help the Deaf Community

Google Offers a Pair of Apps to Help the Deaf Community

(Also worth noting: Live Transcribe only works with an internet connection, which is needed to access the cloud-based transcription service; Sound Amplifier, on the other hand, runs locally on devices.) Apple, Google’s only real competitor in mobile operating systems, has rolled out its own array of impressive features aimed at the blind and deaf community, and most are built directly into Apple’s operating systems.

Donald Trump Jr.’s ‘SNL’ Gaffe Tops This Week's Internet News

Donald Trump Jr.’s ‘SNL’ Gaffe Tops This Week's Internet News

President Trump's son caught flack from the internet last week for referring to Saturday Night Live as "S&L." Drew Angerer/Getty Images OK, where to begin? What Happened: Donald Trump Jr. maybe doesn't know what Saturday Night Live is, or at least maybe doesn't fully understand the name of the NBC show.

A Facebook Crackdown, Amazon Facial Recognition, and More Security News This Week

A Facebook Crackdown, Amazon Facial Recognition, and More Security News This Week

Hackers, including Russian state-sponsored attackers, targeted the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and took down the event's Wi-Fi and database systems at one point.

Apple Has Blocked Google's Internal Apps, Too

Apple Has Blocked Google's Internal Apps, Too

"The Screenwise Meter iOS app should not have operated under Apple’s developer enterprise program—this was a mistake, and we apologize,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday.

Why Facebook's Banned 'Research' App Was So Invasive

Why Facebook's Banned 'Research' App Was So Invasive

In order to allow people with iPhones to participate, Facebook sidestepped the strict privacy rules imposed by Apple in its App Store by taking advantage of a business applications program designed for internal company use.

By Defying Apple’s Rules, Facebook Shows It Never Learns

By Defying Apple’s Rules, Facebook Shows It Never Learns

After the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica was accused of violating Facebook’s rules by harvesting and retaining data on tens of millions of users without their knowledge, Facebook banned nearly every app the company had ever touched, including some unaffiliated research apps that were associated with the University of Cambridge.

Apple Takes Drastic Measures to Stop a Nasty FaceTime Bug

Apple Takes Drastic Measures to Stop a Nasty FaceTime Bug

Apple Takes Drastic Measures to Stop a Nasty FaceTime Bug Group FaceTime chats let people eavesdrop on whoever they called, a bug so bad that Apple pulled the plug until it comes up with a fix.

Private Messages Are the New (Old) Social Network

Private Messages Are the New (Old) Social Network

Morris, for example, sees posting something publicly to a Facebook feed as a yearning for interconnectedness, while a private messaging thread is a quest for what she calls attunement, a way to strengthen a bond between two people.

There's a New Ghostbusters Movie Coming in 2020

There's a New Ghostbusters Movie Coming in 2020

Well, there's a new Ghostbusters movie in the works from Jason Reitman (son of the original's director), Apple is adding some big names to its initiative to make original content, and Steve Carell is working on a Netflix show about Space Force.

The FTC Thinks You Pay Too Much for Smartphones. Here’s Why

The FTC Thinks You Pay Too Much for Smartphones. Here’s Why

Qualcomm charges companies like Apple a set percentage of the total price of a phone in exchange for the right to use its technology, according to the antitrust suit filed by the FTC.

CES 2019 Liveblog Day 2: Tuesday’s News and Photos, Live From Las Vegas

CES 2019 Liveblog Day 2: Tuesday’s News and Photos, Live From Las Vegas

iPhone Security Yubico Yubico has become close to ubiquitous in the field of hardware authentication. Read the full story.—Brian Barrett Stream Dream Vizio is showing off a lot of televisions at CES this year, as expected.

A YubiKey for iOS Will Soon Free Your iPhone From Passwords

A YubiKey for iOS Will Soon Free Your iPhone From Passwords

“We’re not exactly there with default settings on an iPhone yet, so there’s some work that developers need to do to enable their apps to work with the Lightning key.” One key limitation: Apple does not yet natively support FIDO2, an open source standard that lets you access your online accounts simply by plugging in a hardware token, rather than using a password.

Samsung TVs Score iTunes and a MicroLED Upgrade

Samsung TVs Score iTunes and a MicroLED Upgrade

The 75-inch display will still likely cost a fortune, whenever it ends up shipping; Sivori says the company will provide an update on timing sometime later this year, not a hopeful sign for 2019 gratification.

Get Ready to Hear a Lot More About 'XR'

Get Ready to Hear a Lot More About 'XR'

That might help developers, but you could hardly be blamed if you’re still scratching your head every time you see “XR” attached to an image of a person wearing a face computer, or used in the naming convention of a new camera you’re thinking of picking up.

Forget the iPhone Shortfall. Apple's All About Services Now

Forget the iPhone Shortfall. Apple's All About Services Now

One Goldman Sachs tech analyst not only slashed Apple’s share price target, but also compared the company’s challenges to those of Nokia in 2007, when that company dominated the global cell phone market and was hit by a sudden shift in how often people upgraded their phones.

The Silver Lining in Apple’s Very Bad iPhone News

The Silver Lining in Apple’s Very Bad iPhone News

And while Apple’s battery scandal of a year ago was a black mark for the company, it at least reminded Apple owners that they didn’t necessarily need a new iPhone.

Big Tech Is Here to Help You Fight Excessive Phone Use—Kinda

Big Tech Is Here to Help You Fight Excessive Phone Use—Kinda

But neither company has done much to address the persuasive design of those apps, or help people move beyond what was already possible to do by manually changing a few settings in your phone.In other words, Google and Apple used the banner of "digital wellness" to re-package tools that already existed, without changing much of anything about your phone."Time Well Spent was never about giving users features to set time limits on their phones, it was about changing the game from which companies compete," says Harris.

The Best Tech Quotes of the Year

The Best Tech Quotes of the Year

Our asshole, I guess.”—A coworker at Google about Anthony Levandowski, the controversial self-driving car engineer. “We are now facing not just a technological crisis but a philosophical crisis.”—Yuval Noah Harari, surely the most-read author in Silicon Valley, in conversation with Tristan Harris, surely one of the most influential voices of the past year.

How to Return and Exchange Your Unwanted Holiday Gifts

How to Return and Exchange Your Unwanted Holiday Gifts

When your item is received, you’ll receive a refund in the form of an Amazon gift card. Tech Retailers: Apple, Best Buy, Walmart, Target Apple will only accept returns from items that have been purchased at the Apple Store or from Apple’s website.

Gear of the Year: All the Best Stuff From 2018

Gear of the Year: All the Best Stuff From 2018

And really, that's the thing that lead us to name the iPhone XR our mobile device of the year. —MC Best Audio Device: Sony WH1000XM3 Headphones Sony After years of trying, Sony’s third-generation WH-1000XM finally matched the noise canceling abilities of Bose top cans, the QC35 II.

Why Should Anyone Believe Facebook Anymore?

Why Should Anyone Believe Facebook Anymore?

Unlike with Cambridge Analytica, the Times says, Facebook provided access to its users’ data knowingly, and on a greater scale.Some companies, like Microsoft and its Bing search engine, had access to all a Facebook user's friends without consent.

A Devious Phishing Scam Targets Apple Customers

A Devious Phishing Scam Targets Apple Customers

This month, it's a bogus Apple App Store email that convinces its victims to cough up all kinds of personal information.First reported by Bleeping Computer, the phishing campaign doesn't contain any especially novel elements, but it executes the basics well enough that it's easy to be fooled."They're able to bypass email filters more effectively, since there are no malicious links in the email itself."Crane Hassold, AgariIf you do so, a prompt tells you that your account has been locked for security reasons, and offers an Unlock Account button.

How Amazon, Apple, and Google Played the Tax-Break Game

How Amazon, Apple, and Google Played the Tax-Break Game

How Amazon, Apple, and Google Played the Tax-Break GameApple's existing office in Austin, Texas, a few miles from where the company announced plans to build a new campus.SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP/Getty ImagesIt took about 30 minutes for Williamson County commissioners to unanimously approve a roughly $16 million incentive package for Apple Tuesday morning, bringing the total amount the tech giant is likely to receive in exchange for choosing Austin as the site for its newest campus to a cool $41 million.

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