Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of April 12th…
How Android Phones Hide Missed Security Updates From You
Not only do many Android phone vendors fail to make patches available to their users, or delay their release for months; they sometimes also tell users their phone's firmware is fully up to date, even while they've secretly skipped patches.
Apple has begun notifying macOS users of coming 32-bit app incompatibility
Apple began the transition to 64-bit hardware and software technology for Mac over a decade ago and is working with developers to transition their apps to 64-bit. At our Worldwide Developers Conference in 2017, Apple informed developers that macOS High Sierra would be the last version of macOS to run 32-bit apps without compromise.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of April 10th…
- Building the World's Largest Telescope
FIDO Alliance and W3C Achieve Major Standards Milestone in Global Effort Towards Simpler, Stronger Authentication on the Web
The W3C has advanced Web Authentication (WebAuthn), a collaborative effort based on Web API specifications submitted by FIDO to the W3C, to the Candidate Recommendation (CR) stage. The CR is the product of the Web Authentication Working Group, which is comprised of representatives from over 30 member organizations. CR is a precursor to final approval of a web standard, and the W3C has invited online services and web app developers to implement WebAuthn.
Mark Zuckerberg's Testimony Before Congress
Live blog by The Verge. Over the course of two days, Mark Zuckerberg will be testifying before Congress and facing difficult questions about how Facebook was used for election interference, the company’s data-sharing policies, and the continuing fallout around the Cambridge Analytica scandal. This first hearing takes place before a joint session of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees.
The Internet has serious health problems, Mozilla Foundation report finds
Edited by Solana Larsen and written by Mozilla Foundation research fellows, the report is an evaluation of "what's helping and what's hurting the Internet," and it focuses on five broad areas of concern - personal privacy and security, decentralization, openness, "digital inclusion," and general Web literacy.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of April 9th…
- Solo: A Star Wars Story, official trailer
- The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, trailer
"Today we’re shipping our first minor release, v4.1! This release comes later than expected and some of the fixes we intended, but there’s still a boatload of fixes, docs updates, build tool changes, and even a few small new features."
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of April 5th…
Design, remix, and share your street. Add bike paths, widen sidewalks or traffic lanes, learn how all of this can impact your community.
Atomic Bomb Blast Simulator
You just type in an address, select a nuclear bomb size, and the map shows the radiuses of the resulting fireball, radiation, shockwave and heat, as well as estimated fatalities and injuries. Developed by The Outrider Foundation, and inspired by Nukemap.
This typeface communicates to both the sighted and blind people in the same space. Designed by Kosuke Takahashi, overlaying Braille onto the letters into one simple font. The aim is to use this universal typeset for Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics 2020 to create a universal space where anyone can access information.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of April 2nd…
Cloudflare, a company with a history of resisting surveillance and censorship orders has announced a new DNS service, hosted at the easy-to-remember address of 188.8.131.52, which accepts connections under the still-novel DNS-over-HTTPS protocol, and which has privacy designed in, with all logs written only to RAM (never to disk) and flushed every 24 hours.
Where's Waldo, in Google Maps
Google Maps adopted "Where’s Waldo?" drawings and tagged them at real locations on Android, iOS and desktop. Users have to find Waldo, donned in his signature red-and-white striped shirt whilst waving amiably. The game will be made available through to 4 April.
Google is shuttering its URL shortening service, goo.gl
The company says that new and anonymous users won’t be able to create links through the goo.gl console as of April 13th, but existing users will be able to use it for another year, after which it will be discontinued completely.
Apple Shares Recommended Graphics Cards and Chassis in New eGPU Support Document for macOS High Sierra 10.13.4
macOS 10.13.4 introduces official support for external graphics processors on Thunderbolt 3 Macs. Alongside the release, Apple has published a detailed support document that outlines how eGPU support works and provides graphic card and chassis recommendations for use with your Mac.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of March 26th…
MS Edge on iPad and Android Tablets
Microsoft hasn’t included iOS 11 split screen support, so you can’t run the browser alongside another app. Passwords will roam across Edge on Windows 10 to iPad and Android tablets, and the reading list and reading view features are both supported too.
First official Chrome OS tablets
Google is really going with the contradictory name of "Chromebook tablets" for these devices. Notebooks (and Chromebooks) get the "book" name from the fact that they have hinges that allow them to open and close like a book. When you take the hinge away and make a tablet, it's not really a "book" form factor anymore.
Dropbox shares soared in biggest tech IPO since Snapchat
Dropbox ended the day of trading, under the ticker symbol “DBX,” with a market valuation of around $10 billion.
Thousands of servers found leaking 750MB worth of passwords and keys
Researcher Giovanni Collazo said a quick query on the Shodan search engine returned almost 2,300 Internet-exposed servers running etcd, a type of database that computing clusters and other types of networks use to store and distribute passwords and configuration settings needed by various servers and applications.
Die With Me
Dries Depoorter & David Surprenant's "Die With Me" is a chat app available for iOS and Android, but only if your device has less than 5% of its battery left.