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Put Alexa and Siri to Work by J. D. BIERSDORFER

January 22, 2020 Leave a comment


By J. D. BIERSDORFER

Voice-activated helpers can automate life’s little chores, once you get the hang of them.

Published: January 21, 2020 at 06:00PM

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Twitter Tells Facial Recognition Trailblazer to Stop Using Site’s Photos by KASHMIR HILL

January 22, 2020 Leave a comment


By KASHMIR HILL

Twitter said Clearview AI, whose app is spreading in law enforcement, was violating its policies. Lawmakers also expressed privacy concerns.

Published: January 21, 2020 at 06:00PM

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How Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X Was Hacked by SHEERA FRENKEL

January 22, 2020 Leave a comment


By SHEERA FRENKEL

It most likely began with a tiny bit of code that implanted malware, which gave attackers access to Mr. Bezos’ photos and texts.

Published: January 21, 2020 at 06:00PM

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Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic Presidential Candidate, Sues Google for $50 Million by DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI

January 22, 2020 Leave a comment


By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI

The candidate claims Google shut down her ad account after the first debate in June, preventing her from capitalizing on new interest.

Published: July 24, 2019 at 07:00PM

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Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic Presidential Candidate, Sues Google for $50 Million by DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI

January 22, 2020 Leave a comment


By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI

The candidate claims Google shut down her ad account after the first debate in June, preventing her from capitalizing on new interest.

Published: July 24, 2019 at 07:00PM

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Apple Addresses iPhone 11 Location Privacy Concern

January 22, 2020 Leave a comment

Apple is rolling out a new update to its iOS operating system that addresses the location privacy issue on iPhone 11 devices that was first detailed here last month.

Beta versions of iOS 13.3.1 include a new setting that lets users disable the “Ultra Wideband” feature, a short-range technology that lets iPhone 11 users share files locally with other nearby phones that support this feature.

In December, KrebsOnSecurity pointed out the new iPhone 11 line queries the user’s location even when all applications and system services are individually set never to request this data.

Apple initially said the company did not see any privacy concerns and that the location tracking icon (a small, upward-facing arrow to the left of the battery icon) appears for system services that do not have a switch in the iPhone’s settings menu.

Apple later acknowledged the mysterious location requests were related to the inclusion of an Ultra Wideband chip in iPhone 11, Pro and Pro Max devices.

The company further explained that the location information indicator appears because the device periodically checks to see whether it is being used in a handful of countries for which Apple hasn’t yet received approval to deploy Ultra Wideband.

Apple also stressed it doesn’t use the UWB feature to collect user location data, and that this location checking resided “entirely on the device.” Still, it’s nice that iPhone 11 users will now have a disable the feature if they want.

Spotted by journalist Brandon Butch and published on Twitter last week, the new toggle switch to turn off UWB now exists in the “Networking & Wireless” settings in beta versions of iOS 13.3.1, under Locations Services > System Services. Beta versions are released early to developers to help iron out kinks in the software, and it’s not clear yet when 13.3.1 will be released to the general public.

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To Avoid Disruption, Ransomware Victims Continue to Pay Up

January 22, 2020 Leave a comment

For all the cautions against doing so, one-third of organizations in a Proofpoint survey said they paid their attackers after getting infected with ransomware.

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