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How to stop your HomePod from updating its software automatically

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:28

As we explained in one of our HomePod tips articles, you must use Apple’s stock Home app on an iPhone or iPad to update the operating system on your HomePod wireless speaker.... Read the rest of this post here

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Categories: Misc

New ‘Angry Birds Champions’ spin-off for iOS lets players battle for real cash

9to5Mac - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:23

A new Angry Birds title is out for iOS and it’s bringing a new take on the franchise. This time around, players will slingshot the well-known birds and compete for real money.

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Categories: Misc

AI Experts Say Some Advances Should Be Kept Secret

Slashdot - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:21
AI could reboot industries and make the economy more productive; it's already infusing many of the products we use daily. But a new report [PDF] by more than 20 researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, OpenAI, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation warns that the same technology creates new opportunities for criminals, political operatives, and oppressive governments -- so much so that some AI research may need to be kept secret. From a report: [...] The study is less sure of how to counter such threats. It recommends more research and debate on the risks of AI and suggests that AI researchers need a strong code of ethics. But it also says they should explore ways of restricting potentially dangerous information, in the way that research into other "dual use" technologies with weapons potential is sometimes controlled.

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Tim Cook FastCo interview: Apple not a follower; working on products well into 2020s; not in it for the money

9to5Mac - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:12

FastCo yesterday named Apple the most innovative company of the year, and it has today followed up with an interview with the company’s CEO, Tim Cook.

When you talk about your company as often as Cook does, it must be incredibly hard to come up with new things to say, and many of his comments are well-rehearsed. But there are a few interesting snippets …

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Categories: Misc

Things 3.4 adds expansive new URL schemes for linking, automation, and handover from other apps

9to5Mac - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:01

Cultured Code’s Things task manager is a popular option on the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, but it hasn’t talked to other apps very well in the past like other solutions. That changes today with Things 3.4 which adds expansive new features enabled by special URL schemes.

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Categories: Misc

Sam Nunberg Admits That Many In The White House Are Liars (UPDATED)

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:00

Sam Nunberg, Republican policy analyst who served as an advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, joined Ari Melber on The Beat tonight. They covered a variety of topics, from Bob Muellers' investigation, Fire and Fury, Paul Manafort, Mike Pence, and of course, Russia. Here is some of the transcript:

MELBER: Today Bob Mueller secured another guilty plea in the Russia probe. Four people potentially turning on Trump, his campaign in a rough period right now. Sam Nunberg was there at the beginning, in Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fury". That's 19 times. We counted. Let's start with some of these reports.

NUNBERG: Okay.

MELBER: Number one, you hear about Mueller making progress.

NUNBERG: Uh-huh. Which he should by the way, I mean he's getting a lot of government money, I would hope he would.

POINT ONE:

MELBER: Let me ask you this, have investigators called you?

NUNBERG: Yes, they have.

MELBER: And are you cooperating?

NUNBERG: I have not met with them yet. I will meet with them, I have offered to operate and i'm not a subject or target and I have no problem with this. But here's the issue. The issue isn't whether I've been called, the issue is whether people have gone in.

Mueller has called and Nunberg is happy to cooperate. Whoopsie.

POINT TWO:

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Categories: Politics

Here's Why Regulating Bump Stocks Won't Solve The Gun Problem

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:58

This article explains why it is highly unlikely there's anything Trump can do to ban bump stocks. It is also highly unlikely that he doesn't already know this, and it's only a PR move on his part where it will be kicked to the Republican Congress, where all good things go to die. Via a piece from CBS News that appeared after the Las Vegas shooting:

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is the federal agency that reviewed the bump stock device manufactured by the company Slide Fire and determined in 2010 that the accessory complied with the law. Machines guns have been outlawed since 1986. ATF officials determined in their evaluation of the product that it could not be regulated by the agency.

"The stock has no automatically functioning mechanical parts or springs and performs no automatic mechanical function when installed," John Spencer, the chief of the ATF's Firearms Technology Branch, wrote to Slide Fire in a 2010 letter. "We find that the "bump-stock" is a firearm part and is not regulated as a firearm under Gun Control Act [GCA] or the National Firearms Act [NFA]."

But banning bump stocks won't solve the problem when it's so simple to convert these guns to fully automatic. Here's a shooter with his assault weapon- and a rubber band:

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Categories: Politics

Lawsuits Threaten Infosec Research -- Just When We Need it Most

Slashdot - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:40
This year, two security reporters and one researcher will fight for their professional lives in court. Steve Ragan, senior staff writer at tech news site CSO, and Dan Goodin, security editor at Ars Technica, were last year named defendants in two separate lawsuits. The cases are different, but they have a common theme: they are being sued by the companies covered in articles they wrote. From a report: Although lawsuits targeting reporters, particularly on the security beat, are rare, legal threats are an occupational hazard that reporters are all too aware of -- from companies threatening to call an editor to demand a correction -- or else -- to a full-blown lawsuit. But the inevitable aftermath is a "chilling effect." White-hat hackers and security researchers hesitate to report vulnerabilities and weaknesses to technology firms for fear of facing legal retribution. With nation state attackers targeting elections and critical national security infrastructure on a near-daily basis, security research is needed more than ever.

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Categories: Misc

AGR Manet is DOWN, 1519222986

AGR Manet - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:33
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Massachusetts students lead US in Advanced Placement exams

Medina Gazette - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:18

BOSTON — Students in Massachusetts lead the nation in achievement on Advanced Placement exams, according to the nonprofit group behind the tests.

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Colorado congressman booed as people demand action on guns

Medina Gazette - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:18

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — Grumbling and jeers met the request for a moment of silence for the 17 people killed last week in the Florida school shooting.

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Massachusetts students lead US in Advanced Placement exams

Medina Gazette - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:18

BOSTON — Students in Massachusetts lead the nation in achievement on Advanced Placement exams, according to the nonprofit group behind the tests.

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Colorado congressman booed as people demand action on guns

Medina Gazette - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:18

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — Grumbling and jeers met the request for a moment of silence for the 17 people killed last week in the Florida school shooting.

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Massachusetts students lead US in Advanced Placement exams

Medina Gazette - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:18

BOSTON — Students in Massachusetts lead the nation in achievement on Advanced Placement exams, according to the nonprofit group behind the tests.

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Colorado congressman booed as people demand action on guns

Medina Gazette - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:18

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — Grumbling and jeers met the request for a moment of silence for the 17 people killed last week in the Florida school shooting.

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Florida shooting survivors in capital, demand action on guns

Medina Gazette - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:18

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Students who survived the Florida school shooting prepared to flood the Capitol Wednesday pushing to ban the assault-style rifle used to kill 17 people, vowing to make changes in the November election if they can't persuade lawmakers to change laws before their legislative session ends.

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States could face severe flooding, other problems in Midwest

Medina Gazette - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:18

CHICAGO — Several states could see severe flooding and other weather-related problems amid a storm system that has brought rain, ice and snow to the Midwest and Great Plains.

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Florida shooting survivors in capital, demand action on guns

Medina Gazette - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:18

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Students who survived the Florida school shooting prepared to flood the Capitol Wednesday pushing to ban the assault-style rifle used to kill 17 people, vowing to make changes in the November election if they can't persuade lawmakers to change laws before their legislative session ends.

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States could face severe flooding, other problems in Midwest

Medina Gazette - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:18

CHICAGO — Several states could see severe flooding and other weather-related problems amid a storm system that has brought rain, ice and snow to the Midwest and Great Plains.

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Florida shooting survivors in capital, demand action on guns

Medina Gazette - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:18

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Students who survived the Florida school shooting prepared to flood the Capitol Wednesday pushing to ban the assault-style rifle used to kill 17 people, vowing to make changes in the November election if they can't persuade lawmakers to change laws before their legislative session ends.

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