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Monday, April 9, 2018

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Weekly Web Wrap-up for 4-5-2018

Apple is moving on from Intel because Intel isn’t moving anywhere
Apple’s abandonment of Intel chips is inevitable

Apple is planning to replace Intel processors in Mac computers with its own chips starting sometime around 2020.

Apple’s decision to ditch the world’s most popular CPU line for laptop and desktop computers may seem radical, but there are a number of key factors that actually make it obvious and unavoidable.

Attend any major tech exhibition and you’ll find Intel announcing or reannouncing MILDLY improved processors.  It’s all painfully incremental and out of sync with Apple’s product cadence. Apple will give you, at most, two years with an iPhone before enticing you into upgrading, whereas Intel is trying to convince people with PCs that are half a decade old to do the same.

The infamous Moore’s Law sputtered to an end back in 2015. Intel is approaching the limits of what’s possible to achieve with silicon, and it hasn’t yet figured out its next step.

Apple’s moving on because Intel’s standing still.

Apple’s overriding ambition is to control every last minute aspect of its products.


How to update the Apple HomePod's software
Apple just released the first software update for the HomePod. Here's how to update your speaker.


Did the Apple HomePod update dampen that wall-shaking bass?

It seems Apple has dialled back the bass somewhat during music playback, while mid-range sound is more prominent. Some users aren’t pleased, saying it sounds dull, while others seem to think bass is more nuanced as a result of the update.


HomePod owners say firmware update alters sound quality

But they disagree on whether it’s better for worse.

The general consensus among detractors is that the firmware, while delivering a more prominent mid-range, noticeably degrades bass impact and loudness. These same people assert bass-heavy tracks lack the punch afforded with HomePod's original software, leaving them with a dull-sounding speaker.

However, for every disgruntled user who decries HomePod's software update, there seems to be another dissenting voice extolling the new version's boost to bass fidelity and loudness. Still more say there is no discernible difference between the two firmware releases.


20 years ago, Apple killed the Twentieth Anniversary Mac

An interesting tidbit of Apple history.

Don't remember this $7,499 Mac from the '90s? Check out the gallery and video.


How Apple's Education Devices Changed Through the Years


Apple and education: Four decades of highs and lows


The new iPad 2018 teardown proves you should get AppleCare+

The new iPad 2018 is the cheapest way to get an Apple Pencil-compatible tablet, but you'll still want to safeguard this one because it's not easy to repair.

Apple's six-generation iPad scored a two out of ten for reparability, according to the teardown experts at iFixit.

AppleCare+ is an easy sell for two reasons: repairability is clearly a factor and Apple is not charging a lot anymore for this extended warranty program.


On a tight tech-buying budget, one reporter compares Chromebooks and iPads

As the Chromebook-vs.-iPad debate rages, I must confess I am conflicted.

These two kinds of low-cost, ultraportable computers couldn’t be more different — which is why both fascinate me.

I can do my entire day job using a Chromebook. As a digital producer and website minder at the Pioneer Press, I use tools that are mostly web-based. This means I can hook up a Chromebook to a monitor in my home office when I am telecommuting, add a standalone keyboard and mouse, and get to work.

A Chromebook would not work as well in all professions, but my point is this: It is a Serious Computer. That is, Google’s Web services are Very Serious Tools, and wrapping inexpensive laptops around them makes for a streamlined yet capable computing environment that’s all many people will ever need.

The problem? Chromebooks can often be unattractive, underpowered and under-featured.

I haven’t had the new iPad long enough to definitively answer the crucial question: Would I spend $350 of my own cash on an Apple tablet or a Google Chromebook such as the Acer Spin 11?

But it is hard to imagine I’d go Chromebook with the choices laid out before me — The iPad is just too dang appealing.


Apple iPad (2018) review: pencil it in

Apple’s bare minimum still beats everybody else.

There isn’t a single viable competitor to the iPad. It is the only good tablet for less than four or five hundred bucks.

The new, sixth-generation iPad has two new features compared to last year’s model: support for the $99 Apple Pencil and a faster processor, the A10 “Fusion.” Everything else — and I mean everything — is exactly the same as last year.


Apple's latest iPad may be boring, but it's the perfect tablet for most people

I've spent the last week using the newest iPad with an Apple Pencil, and it's already filled a technology gap I didn't even know I had.


Review: 2018 iPad with Apple Pencil support might replace your iPad Pro


Apple 2018 iPad review: OK for schools, great for everyone else


2018 iPad teardown finds few major changes beyond A10 Fusion processor, Apple Pencil support

The teardown finds that the biggest changes featured in the new iPad are the upgraded, Apple A10 fusion processor, as well as support for Apple Pencil, which previous standard iPad editions lacked.


Compared: 2018 iPad shows how far Apple has progressed versus the original iPad in eight years

A pretty detailed comparison of five different models of iPad.

In seven years the iPad has improved its processing power tenfold, with it also having eight times the RAM and double the pixel density of the original release.


Compared: 2018 iPad with Apple Pencil support vs 2017 iPad and iPad Air 2

A pretty detailed comparison of four different models of iPad.


Apple’s less powerful iPad mini 4 is $70 more expensive than the new iPad


Apple Pencil with Pages: Pretty cool, but what about handwriting recognition?

the Apple Pencil works very fluently with Pages.

Which brings us to perhaps the biggest strength of the Apple Pencil in Pages – what Apple terms Smart Annotations.

It does sketching well and is a dab hand at writing, so what were we missing in the Pencil-flavoured avatar of Pages? Well, it is an old complaint we have had: the absence of handwriting recognition.


Victim’s Apple Watch data used as evidence in murder trial


At Apple’s special education event, one of the announcements the company made was the death of iBooks Author. Book creation has now been folded into Pages, a surprise move that actually makes sense.

Creating books in Pages can be done on both macOS and iOS.

It turns out that iBooks Author is here to stay, and the new eBook features in Pages won’t replace it.


Apple’s bringing digital book creations to the Pages app on the iPad

Apple’s education event focused on the new $299 iPad, designed as its most “affordable” device with Apple Pencil support. It’s also updating its Pages app to bring a new digital book creation tool to let educators and students make books together.


iWork Apps Add Apple Pencil Support, Pages Gains Ebook Creation Features

First up, all three iWork apps — Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — gain Apple Pencil support on the iPad.


Apple announces new versions of iWork with Apple Pencil integration, built in book authoring

With the new updates, users will be able to add drawings and annotations to Keynote, Numbers and Pages documents just by writing on it with the Apple Pencil stylus.


Making The Grade: Why Apple’s education strategy is not based on reality

Apple said “Anyone can create stunning interactive books.”

Who’s anyone? Which teacher has time to make custom books for his or her class? One of the things I’ve become concerned about is the number of items we tend to keep adding to a teacher’s plate. They have to manage a classroom of 15–30 kids, understand all of the material they teach, learn all of the systems their school uses, handle discipline issues, grade papers, and help students learn.

When do we start to take things off of a teacher’s plates? When do we give them more hours in the day?

Apple should have bought a major textbook company to create great books for the iPad. Imagine if Apple had bought a major textbook publisher in 2012, recreated all of their books in iBooks Author, and released them for free on the App Store. How would that have changed the marketing message to schools: Buy textbooks for $X, or buy iPad for $X and get all of your textbooks for free.


The brand new Schoolwork app was made to help teachers keep tabs on their students’ activity and assign homework.

Apple’s plan to compete with Google is all about software. And if its plan works, Apple could sell a boatload of iPads to schools—no discount required.


A brief history of the iPad, Apple's once and future tablet


Hands-On With the New Sixth-Generation iPad


Comparison: How the new 9.7-inch iPad stacks up against the iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is still better, though more expensive.  Are you surprised?


2018 iPad vs. 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro


9.7-inch iPad (2018) review: Apple’s tablet is ‘pro’ enough for many of us

The only real drawback to the new 9.7-inch iPad is that it doesn’t have a laminated display like the iPad Pro, and so you’ll see a visible gap between the display and the glass above it.


Apple announces students to get 200GB of iCloud storage for free

Apple has shared during its education event in Chicago today that student accounts through schools will now get 200GB of iCloud storage for free.


iMac Pro Review


Apple iMac Pro review: The most powerful and desirable all-in-one ever – with a price to match

Pros :
     Seriously powerful
     Stunning display



Problems with iOS 11.3


Everything Apple Announced at it's Educational Event in Under Three Minutes


Apple Releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 with Business Chat, eGPUs, Messages on iCloud, More

Apple says that the macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 update improves the stability, performance, and security of your Mac, and it is recommended for all users.


How to Uninstall Annoying macOS Apps

Some apps are surprisingly hard to remove.  This article explains how to overcome the barriers.

Just bear in mind that Apple put the barriers in place for some good reasons, so you need to reactivate them after you delete those difficult apps.


Apple Releases iOS 11.3, macOS 10.13.4 Updates to Improve Security


Some External Video Displays Don’t Work with OS 10.13.4

Unless you connect non-Apple video displays to your Mac, this bug won’t affect  you.

But if you use macOS with multiple displays and haven’t updated to 10.13.4 yet, you may want to avoid it depending on your system configuration.

To be clear: This bug does NOT exist if you connect your laptop or desktop to a GPU-driven port like mini DisplayPort. It also shouldn’t impact any displays driven by Thunderbolt; Thunderbolt is an extension of the PCI Express protocol and any display plugged into a compatible Thunderbolt port should have no problem with external connectivity. But it’s clear from reading various comments in product forums that too many people have been blindsided by this change, with no solution from Apple in sight.


Stop panicking about Apple's rumored switch from Intel to its own chips in the Mac

Apple has successfully managed big changes like this before.


How to Cancel App Store and Apple Music Subscriptions

If you want to prevent an App Store subscription from running beyond the trial period or cancel a subscription you're currently paying for, then read on.  This article explains how to cancel any App Store subscription on iOS, Mac, and Apple TV.


Apple releases tvOS 11.3

Apple has also released tvOS 11.3 today, a relatively minor update for the Apple TV and Apple TV 4K that primarily adds performance and improvements for bug fixes.


tvOS 11.3 Adds Content Filtering for Apple TV, Apple TV 4K


How to Keep Private Messages on Your iPhone's Lock Screen for Your Eyes Only

A better option is to let them keep coming through but only let yourself actually read them. This works by disabling previews on the lock screen for all apps or just specific apps, then using Touch ID or Face ID to unlock the lock screen so that you can read and reply to messages without fully unlocking your iPhone. The iPhone Xactually does this for all apps right out of the box, though, if you used a backup to set it up, it's still probably showing previews for everything.


A new backdoor which affects the Apple Mac operating system has been discovered by researchers which claim there is a link to the OceanLotus threat group.

According to researchers from Trend Micro, the MacOS backdoor is a persistent, encrypted sample of malware used for surveillance and data collection.

Note:  Trend Micro sell anti-virus and anti-malware products.


Interesting Video:
Want to buy this lovingly curated collection of classic computers?

Benj Edwards has lovingly saved, restored and cared for roughly 300 classic computers since age 12.

As curator of his own computer museum, he could provide context for future generations seeking to understand HIS computing era.

Read more here:


How to See the Apps Tracking You on Facebook — and Block Them

Options are available to those who refuse to simply wait around while Facebook gets its collective act together.

For starters, stop using the “log in with Facebook” option after downloading an app. It may take a bit longer to create a new account, but the app won’t get instant access to private information from your Facebook profile, which the company itself admits is what happens.

For the apps you’re already using, there’s a fairly simple process for managing the types of data they can access. Or, if you prefer, the same process always you to delete the app entirely.


Mark Zuckerberg Says Privacy Is for the Rich

So it turns out privacy is a luxury only the rich can afford. For the poors, being the product is their lot in life if they want cool tech stuff, and all this claptrap about companies not selling you is “glib” elitist nonsense. At least that’s how I’m reading Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s comments on the subject.

The more I learn about Facebook and Mr. Zuckerberg, the more I come back to this: Mark Zuckerberg was too young to have learned the difference between what he could do and what he should do when Facebook exploded. All of the controversies that have beset Facebook in the last few years appear to stem from that basic question. Yes, we can do this, but should we?

Too often the answer to that basic question has been “No, we should not do this,” but Facebook did it anyway.


The Facebook Fiasco and Its Future

Congress wants CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before them.

UK regulators could file charges against the company.

And, worst of all, Facebook likely violated a 2011 consent agreement with the Federal Trade Commission to safeguard users' personal information and could be subject to trillions of dollars in fines.

What looks like a new problem is actually Facebook's business model.

Cambridge Analytica's co-founder, Christopher Wylie, for reasons no one's sure about, blew the whistle on his company after they got 270,000 Facebook users' information (obtained legally with their consent). Then through those users, the company illegally acquired personal data on 50 million of their Facebook friends.

Facebook's in trouble because its business model includes allowing advertisers and others access to its databases. That's how they sell tens of billions of dollars' worth of ads a year. Facebook is paid by advertisers because of their ability to target ads.


No One Is Safe From the Data Breach Epidemic (Infographic)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Editor shares his opinions on Apple developments

#1. Should I panic over the possibility Apple will switch processors in the Mac over the next few years?

In a word, No. For more details, see this article at

Apple has changed its processors several times before. It switched processors in 2005 from the Power PC architecture developed by Motorola and IBM to the Intel x86 architecture.

Apple bought the rights to use software (the Rosetta layer) that translated PowerPC commands into Intel code right in OS X 10.4 through 10.6. This enabled me to run Office 2004 and Appleworks 6.2.9 on my then-new Intel MacBook in 2006.

I am sure Apple plans to introduce some software or hardware to translate OS X commands written for Intel processors into the new CPU’s native code.

I also expect Apple to introduce the new Mac models in stages. You’ll see the low-powered Macs; the MacBook, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini come out first. The higher powered Macs will come out later, culminating in the iMac Pro and Mac Pro.

Your current hardware will not expire. I’ve still got a MacBook from 2006 running a 32-bit Core Duo CPU and a really old eMac running a G4. Both work fine, attesting to the durability of Apple’s hardware.

Do not discard your current Mac hardware in anticipation of a processor change. I don’t know what software will run well under the new CPUs. I would expect office software will work well, as did Office 2004 under the Rosetta translation layer. Software requiring more hardware power and speed, such as high-end video and audio editing software and of course, GAMES!, will take a while.

As I said, don’t throw out your current Macs. Save up for the new stuff.

#2: Running iPad and iPhone apps on macOS

Yes, I have read the rumors of a software translation layer called “Marzipan” enabling the use of iPad and iPhone apps on Macs coming with a future version of macOS.

This would go beyond the Ios emulator built into the Xcode development environment.

John Gruber at his site Daring Fireball describes in depth how this idea came about and why it may not work as hoped.

In brief, the App Store for iPad and iPhone apps does great compared to the Mac App Store.

You can only get apps for your iPad or iPhone through the App Store. You could jailbreak your iPad or iPhone to use outside the App Store apps; but most people don’t want the hassle.

By contrast, the Mac App Store takes a 30% cut of the sale and demands the app conform to Apple’s rules for Mac App Store software. Therefore, a lot of developers, such as Cocoatech of Pathfinder fame, don’t bother with the Mac App Store. Neither does Microsoft for Office for Mac.

Amazon provides the Kindle reader software through the Mac App Store for free; but you get the e-books from Amazon directly. Not through Apple.

If Apple can’t get Mac developers and Mac users to use the Mac App Store, it would like to get Mac users to get their apps from the iOS App Store.

The word that you’re looking for to describe this is Ballmeresque. Named after Steve Ballmer, who brought the world Windows 8.

#3-When do I need to panic?

When your mouse, keyboard, or monitor fails; and you don’t have another one to swap in. Until then, you’re cool. Keep using the Apple hardware and software you own.

Tom Briant

Editor, MacValley Blog

Monday, April 2, 2018

Apple Plans to Use Its Own Chips in Macs From 2020, Replacing Intel - Bloomberg

Apple Plans to Use Its Own Chips in Macs From 2020, Replacing Intel - Bloomberg:


Here’s the original report. Read it and weep. Or buy stock in Parallels Gmbh in Germany, so that you’ll be able to run old Intel based software on your new Kalamata based Mac.

Will we still be able to boot into an external drive to run older versions of macOS? Or is that just a pipe dream?

In any case, don’t throw out your Intel Macs until Microsoft releases a version of Office for Mac 2021 that really, truly works as well as the Windows version.


Looking seriously into Linux,

Your editor

Tom Briant



Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Weekly Web Wrap-up for Tuesday, 3-27-2018

How to connect your HomePod to your Apple TV or Mac



Apple's home pod brings the bass



HomePod Diary: I want another one for sure, maybe two more

Siri is the most convenient way to control HomeKit devices, and the HomePod is hands-down the most reliable and convenient way to invoke it.

The HomePod can hear you from further away than any other device, and it’s the only thing that can understand you while music is playing.

The real convincer on the Siri front, though, has been my partner. I used Siri all the time anyway; Steph almost never did before HomePod. Now she too uses it daily.



Apple “Watch OS” finally has a competitor from Google

Google calls it’s operating system for watches “Wear OS”.

A table in this article compares their features.



People are accidentally setting off Apple’s Emergency SOS alert

If you sleep on your Apple Watch the wrong way, you might get a wake-up call from the police.

The feature is called Emergency SOS. The premise is simple enough: if you’re in danger or otherwise in need of help, holding down the right buttons will let you summon help without drawing attention to yourself. It’s a potentially life-saving feature, but of course butt dials are going to be more common than actual emergencies.

The exact sequence of buttons varies from device to device. A Watch will slip into an alert just from holding down the crown button long enough, which seems to be a particular danger if you wear it to sleep.



iPhone X's Face ID is years ahead of Android competition
Android phones won't get comparable 3D tech until 2019, industry insiders estimate.

Apple's facial recognition technology, embodied by Face ID on the iPhone X, is estimated to have a two-year lead on the Android competition, according to "three major parts producers" who talked to Reuters. 

Android phone manufacturers are struggling to acquire the same tech that Apple already has.



Separate sources close to local and federal police investigations in New York and Ohio, who asked to remain anonymous as they weren't authorized to speak on record, said it was now relatively common for fingerprints of the deceased to be depressed on the scanner of Apple iPhones.

Once a person is deceased, they [legally] no longer have a privacy interest in their dead body.

You cannot assert your privacy rights when your friend's phone is searched and the police see the messages that you sent to your friend.



Report examines how police use fingerprints of dead people to unlock iPhones & how Face ID is also vulnerable



Apple iMac Pro review: Iron fist in a velvet glove

This is a ludicrously powerful machine.  It’s intended to deal with the sorts of power-hungry tasks that bring even the most powerful consumer systems to their knees.

The iMac Pro screen’s color quality, when I tested it with our in-house colorimeter, it was absolutely spot on.



Artists push Apple's iMac Pro to the limit using powerful rendering tools

To demonstrate the power of iMac Pro, Apple invited a group of renowned filmmakers, CG artists, and motion graphics designers to create a personal piece of work using its advanced technologies.  Six different groups of people created two videos each:  First, a beautiful video that took a lot of computer power to make and, second, a video on how they made their work of high-powered video art.



Spitfire Test iMac Pro Vs Mac Pro For Media Composition

This video will be very interesting to professional music people.

The composer who made this video compares the performance of his old Mac Pro to his new iMac Pro.

His new iMac Pro did perform noticeably better, but his old Mac Pro was still more than up to the job.

He felt that his new iMac Pro was a good investment, but he felt reassured that he could still use his old Mac Pro if anything went wrong with his new iMac Pro.



Upcoming Apple iOS 11.3 Release: It’s Going to be The Big One

Apple has to deliver a satisfactory solution to the biggest iPhone scandal to date and it faces a race against time to fix a serious bug before release. But what has been forgotten is iOS 11.3 also gives Apple one big advantage over everyone else… 

iOS 11.3 will change the game when it comes to battery transparency. The update will offer every user a detailed breakdown of their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch’s battery health, battery degradation over time, new performance options and reminders to replace their battery should it threaten system stability. No rival desktop or mobile operating can come close to this.

Competitors will be very hard pressed to catch up.



Apple confirms it will fix bug that caused Siri to read out hidden lock screen notifications

Apple says it will fix a bug that caused Siri to read out hidden lock screen notifications to anyone who asks.

Anyone can just hold down the home button on most iPhones or a side button for the iPhone X to activate Siri without voice recognition and ask to read notifications. The problem remains in iOS 11.3 beta and iOS 11.2.6 devices until Apple issues the fix.



The seven best iPhone or iPad apps for learning to play the guitar



Tim Cook speaks out on the Cambridge Analytica scandal, says Facebook's collection of user data 'shouldn't exist’

"I think that this certain situation is so dire and has become so large that probably some well-crafted regulation is necessary," Cook said after being asked if the use of data should be restricted in light of the Facebook incident. "The ability of anyone to know what you've been browsing about for years, who your contacts are, who their contacts are, things you like and dislike and every intimate detail of your life — from my own point of view it shouldn't exist."



Apple’s privacy stance is a huge ‘competitive advantage’ over Facebook and Google

Apple has been largely insulated from privacy concerns because of its focus on monetizing hardware, not software and not advertising.

Apple's privacy policy does not allow its users' data to be shared for marketing purposes, and it could turn out to be the company's biggest “competitive advantage”.

"We view the future as consumers owning their own health data," Apple's Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams told CNBC. 

Apple has maintained that all of the medical records are in full control of the user.



Amnesty International is launching a new social media campaign targeting Apple over its betrayal of millions of Chinese iCloud users by recklessly making their personal data vulnerable to the arbitrary scrutiny of the Chinese government.

“Apple’s influential ‘1984’ ad challenged a dystopian future but in 2018 the company is now helping to create one. Tim Cook preaches the importance of privacy but for Apple’s Chinese customers’ these commitments are meaningless. It is pure doublethink.”



Remember to check this web site every day for new bargains on apps for iPhone and iPad.



How to use AirDrop with iOS and macOS
Here's how to turn on AirDrop and use it to move files between an iPhone and a Mac.

This article has everything you need to know to use this valuable tool.



How to increase your editing options in Photos for macOS by using app extensions

Photographers will be familiar with the editing tools offered by Photos in macOS, but sometimes the available selection just isn't enough. AppleInsider shows how to add more options to the editing roster, by taking advantage of extensions offered by other image editing applications.



7 MacOS display settings to help you see your Mac better
There's more to your Mac's display settings than just brightness.



Why Apple Is Among Those Most at Risk From a Trade War With China

Few companies have as much to lose from a U.S. trade war with China as Apple.



Mac developer slides in crypto-miner in exchange for premium features, Apple doesn’t mind

Crypto miners are tools designed to harness the processing power of users’ computers, typically unbeknownst to them. The practice is called cryptojacking, marrying the terms. cryptography and hijacking.

But in the case of Calendar 2 and its crypto-mining feature, the developer has been more than straightforward, stating loud and clear that if users want all the advanced features without paying the $0.99 a month, they can allow the app to “unobtrusively generate crypto-currency in the background.”

While not malicious in nature, mining tools are often used by webmasters or developers to essentially hijack end-users’ CPUs without their consent. These practices have become so common that AV vendors, including Bitdefender, now detect and classify browser-based crypto-miners as malware.



Bitcoin-Tracking System Used by Danish Police To Make Drug Traffickers Arrests

The recent news that the Danish police have become the first in the world to hunt down Internet drug traffickers by analyzing related transactions is, in a way, a positive for the image of the top digital currency in the world, Bitcoin.

Though researchers in the US had earlier announced they had created an analysis tool for US law enforcement that can be used to overcome the challenges of criminals using Bitcoin for transactions, the Danes consider themselves “much unique in the world at this point, because there are not really any others who have managed to use these trails as evidence.”



It's an exciting time for cryptocurrency. As of March 2018, there are more than a thousand currencies in existence, with a combined market capitalization of over USD $460 billion.

For comparison, this is a little more than half the size of Apple Inc., the largest publicly-traded company in the world, valued by markets according to its $375 billion in assets and $230 billion in annual revenues in 2017.

Just one year ago, this combined crypto market capitalization was less than $19 billion. Two years ago it was less than $8 billion. A lot of apparent wealth has been created in a very short space of time.

Interesting Crypto-Currency Chart



John McAfee: Short-Term Crypto Investors "Can Hope for Mediocrity at Best, Oblivion at Worst”

Trying to time the rocky crypto markets right now is the fastest way to financial ruin.

That's according to cybersecurity savant and crypto guru John McAfee, who didn't mince his words Wednesday about the benefits of long-term crypto investing versus short term.

Of the 28 most popular digital coins on the market today, 27 have been and still are "in the red" so far this year.

Long-term crypto investors – those who've been in the game for several years – have seen this kind of volatility plenty of times before. And to them, these price drops mean one thing: price surges later on.



These 3D printed homes cost $4k and take less than 24 hours to make

Non-profit New Story has unveiled a 3D-printed house that may help provide safe and affordable homes in developing countries. Each printed home ranges in size from 600 to 800sqft and can be created within a 24-hour timespan. At the same time, the printing technology keeps waste to a minimum.

The homes are printed using Vulcan, a 3D printer that creates the frame of the house one layer at a time.



Using the Vulcan printer, ICON can print an entire home for $10,000 and plans to bring costs down to $4,000 per house.

The use of cement as a common material will help normalize the process for potential tenants that question the sturdiness of the structure. “I think if we were printing in plastic we would encounter some issues.”



Printing Your Own Phone Is Not Far Away Thanks to Four-in-One 3D Printer

The printer is being presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans, Louisiana, on 21 March.

“Each printing technology has its own limitations,” says Jerry Qi, a materials scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, who led the design of the multimaterial printer. “We put four 3D-printing technologies under one platform.”

Although current 3D printers can already produce electronic parts and devices made of multiple materials, if a structure requires more than one printing method, a different machine is required for each. But moving an object from one printer to another is usually impractical for the micrometre-level precision that is required in 3D printing, and is inefficient if multiple materials are used in a single layer, says Qi.



Facebook deals with Cambridge Analytica fallout



Facebook scandal widens:
Obama campaign's Carol Davidsen admits Democrats sucked out "the entire social network of the US", kept the data and still have it.

So the 2012 Obama campaign was scraping data from Facebook, got caught, and was specifically told they were allowed to do things "they wouldn't have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side."



Facebook users are deleting their profiles in protest over reports that they allowed Cambridge Analytica (a political data firm) to harvest private information.

FACEBOOK users are deleting their accounts in droves following news that their personal information was harvested for use in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Users of the world’s largest social network have begun deleting or deactivating their accounts in droves, following news that Cambridge Analytica was allowed to harvest users’ personal information for use in US President Donald Trump’s 2016 political campaign.



How Facebook made it impossible to delete Facebook
We’ve adapted our entire culture around Facebook. That makes “just quitting” easier said than done.

There are three main reasons most people can’t just up and leave Facebook, and they all serve to illustrate the extent to which Facebook has altered the landscape of our digital lives.

1)  Facebook Ecosystem

Many mobile and web-based apps actually require you to have a Facebook account — and only a Facebook account — before you can use the app.
For example, up until very recently you were required to have a Facebook account to use Tinder (a dating web site).

When you create an infrastructure that assumes everyone is using only one or two major platforms for their daily internet use, you create an internet where using only those two platforms becomes a tacit requirement.

2)  Some jobs or education opportunities require a Facebook account.

3)  Facebook is, for better and worse, a tangible tie holding many people to their communities.



Leaving Facebook isn’t a clear-cut path to data privacy. As HuffPost explains, deactivating your account leaves your data intact. It’s possible to permanently delete your account—and with it, all the information Facebook has gathered about your political leanings, relationship status, and shopping habits—but it’s a long and complicated process. Besides, in our current state of surveillance capitalism, even if you get off Facebook, other tech companies like Google are busy auctioning off your data to advertisers, too.

That said, a large exodus of people from Facebook would be a way to send a message to CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the need for the company to overhaul its approach to privacy protections—and perhaps locate its moral compass.



The Complete Guide to Facebook Privacy



Facebook makes their money by exploiting and selling intimate details about the private lives of millions, far beyond the scant details you voluntarily post. They are not victims. They are accomplices.



Spooked by the Facebook privacy violations? This is how much your personal data is worth on the dark web

Facebook logins can be sold for $5.20 each because they allow criminals to have access to personal data that could potentially let them hack into more of an individual’s accounts. The credentials to a PayPal PYPL, +0.70%   account with a relatively high balance can be sold on the dark web for $247 on average, the report found.

One’s entire online identity, including personal identification numbers and hacked financial accounts, can be sold for only about $1,200 on the dark web, Fractl found.

Logins for food delivery websites such as Grubhub can be sold for about $9 because they allow criminals to fraudulently order expensive food and alcohol.

And a login for the lodging site Airbnb can be sold for about $8 because it opens up “a world of scams”.



Facebook can still track you even if you delete your account — here's how to stop it



How to stop your Facebook friends from giving away your data



Want to see what Facebook has on you (at a minimum)?
Follow the instructions at the link below.



People are freaking out that Facebook's Android apps collect call and text data — but Facebook says it got permission

Dylan McKay downloaded the archive of all his Facebook data — and found that the social network had been keeping extensive records of the calls and texts he had made from his Android phone.

Privacy fears around Facebook are at an all-time highfollowing the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where 50 million users had their data used improperly by a political research firm.

Apple's iOS, the operating system on the iPhone and iPad, doesn't allow that kind of access to call and text data at all without very specific permission. That means Apple fans don't have to worry as much about Facebook having call or text records.



The State Department Has Reportedly Purchased a $15,000 iPhone Encryption Cracking Device

The device is called “GrayKey”.

GrayKey can allegedly crack an iPhone just by attaching it to one of two Lightning cables sticking out of the side and injecting some kind of program that eventually causes the affected iPhone to display its passcode. 

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Use Windows on Your Mac the easy Way with No Machine

You’re in a situation where you have to run Windows software and you need Mac software on the screen at the same time. You don’t have Windows installed on your Mac either in Boot Camp or in a virtual machine. You do have a Windows machine with the software installed on it…in another part of the house. It’s a desktop enswathed in cables, so disconnecting it and moving to where you work is not possible, given the amount of time you have.


You really just need software to access that Windows machine virtually from your Mac for an hour. How can you do this? With the least amount of pain?


Easy. Just use the No Machine virtual networking software. It serves as both server for the Windows side and client for the Mac side. Then it can work in reverse, connecting the Mac to the living room Windows machine.

Where do I get it? How much does it cost? And how much pain and toil will it take to install this?

You get the software from no  It’s free to use. And it’s a snap to install. Just let the installation procedure walk you through it.

I’m going to walk you through both the Windows and Mac installations. I’ll tell you where you might hit a snag.

Once you’ve downloaded No Machine for Windows, go to your Downloads folder. Double-click on NoMachinexxx.exe. 

This is the first screen you’ll encounter. Simply follow the instructions on screen and click on “Next” to proceed.

First screen for No Machine


The second screen: this is the license, where you agree not reverse-engineer No Machine for evil purposes. Click on the agree button and click on Next.

2 LIcense agreement


The third screen: Where do you want to install No Machine on your Windows machine? I’d stick to the defaults in most cases.


3 program installation location


The fourth screen The installation begins.


4 the installation begins


The fifth screen. You wait for the computer to do its thing.


5 waiting for the computer




The Sixth screen: You’re almost done installing. You will have to reboot your Windows machine

 6 we re almost done


The Seventh Screen: Getting Close. No Machine has identified the client, your Mac. You didn’t need to enter one command line!

I had installed NoMachine on my Mac previously. You need to have NoMachine on both computers for this to work.



7 we cannot to the Mac at this point


The Eighth Screen: You wanna to agree to the host authenticity. Usually you can see the Windows computer. No problems verifying who should be one it.

I took out the text describing my SSH “fingerprint” You want to keep that very private.

8 Establishing SSH fingerprint


The Ninth Screen Audio settings. You can stream your audio from the Windows server to the Mac client. 

10 Audio settings


I didn’t show you the screen to log into your Mac. Here you need to know your user name and your user password. 


11 success Safari on screen


Now for the installation on the Macintosh side of things

Go to your Downloads folder on your Mac to find the .dmg file named NoMachinexxx.dmg Double-click on it.

12 installationg No Machine on a Mac

To begin the installation of No Machine, double-click on the NoMachine.pkg file you see on your screen after double clicking on the NoMacine.dmg file.




Now you’ll do some waiting here. If the Continue button is lit up, click on it to proceed. Then click on the Continue button in the lower-right hand corner.

13 SEcond installation screen for No Machine



If you want to proceed, just click on Install. You don’t have an option to install No Machine elsewhere on your Mac.

14 installation screen for No Machine


Waiting for the Mac to do its thing, so be patient.


15 Installation screen for No Machine


Your first snag in the installation process. You will get several messages that No Machine wants to install a system extension. MacOS has blocked this for now. Do you want to proceed. Click on the Allow button in the Security and Privacy preference pane.

16 Installation screen for No Machine

This partial screenshot comes from the successfully installed No Machine. 

You go to your No Machine icon in the Menu Bar. Click on it. You’ll see a drop-down menu. You want “Browse connections…"

17 Where to browse for connections

Here it is again only bigger:

18 Where to browse for connections bigger picture

More instructions on how to proceed. If you want to reach this menu, ease your mouse into the upper right-hand corner. If you’re not sure, hit Control + Alt + 0

19 instructions for Mac No Machine

More settings for you. The captions explain what they do.

20 MOre instructions for Mac No Machine

More instructions. If you check the box in the lower left-hand corner, you won’t have to go through these each time you use No Machine.

21 MOre instructions Mac No Machine

Audio settings. Do you want to stream the Window’s machine’s sound on your Mac? Do you want to mute the server? 

22 audio setting for Mac No Machine

I got a warning because my Windows machine had a higher resolution of 1920 x 1080 than my Mac of 1280 x 720 HiDPI

23 display settings for server in Mac No Machine

Finally! You’ve logged into your Windows machine. You will need the user name of the Windows machine and your password. Not your PIN code, your password.

To find your User Name, go to the Users directory on your Windows machine. Now open that up. One of those folders has your User Name on it. 


24 success in connectiong to Windows 10 machine


Does it work? Well, here’s Word 2016 for Windows. That’s an old job application at my employer


25 MS Word 2016 for Windows


Now for Access 2016


26 Access 2016 on a Mac


No Machine offers many features. Recording your session is one. Don’t use this to try to capture a Netflix movie. I can’t guarantee the video speed on the No Machine connection is fast enough for full-speed video. Better just stick to instructional videos.


Tom Briant

Editor, MacValley Blog


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Magic Keyboard Trick organizes files into neat folders with one push!

You’ve come across this situation, I’m sure. You come across a folder on your Mac’s hard drive(s) that’s a junk folder for random files and folders. I’ve named folders “Junk Folder” for that reason. How do you get them into organized shape? I’ll show you.

I found the magic keystrokes placing files not next to each other together in a common folder. No more making the folder, then dragging files into it one by one. I make it easy for me. Now make it easy for you.

The first magic keystroke is holding down your Command key as you select files by clicking on them. If you worked with Windows, you’ll recognize this keystroke. Windows uses the Control key, but the idea is the same

The second magic keystroke places these files into a common folder that you give a recognizable name.

That keystroke is Control+Command+N. With the files selected in Step One, press Control+Command+N

You’ll see a dialog box asking you to enter the folder’s name. Enter the name and click on OK.

The files go into the folder. You’ve eliminated a bit of mess on your Mac.

Now for one more keyboard+mouse combination. If these files and folders reside on another partition or drive, you don’t need to drag them from one side to the other. Instead, hold down the Command key as you drag the files or folder over to their new home. You’ve moved it, eliminating another step.

That’s it for now. Shaving away the inconveniences makes you a Mac master!

Tom Briant
Editor, MacValley Blog

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Weekly Web Wrap-up for 3-13-2018

I love iPhone apps that actually put effort into explaining their software updates — here are the best and worst offenders



Apple’s Tips on Avoiding iTunes and App Store Phishing Email Scams

Scammers are crafting more sophisticated and realistic looking emails to trick you into handing over your credit card number and other personal information, so Apple has a new support article with tips on how to spot them.



How to Discover Free iOS Apps on the App Store With IFTTT



Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo, Google Home and more: We put 7 speakers to the test



10 best smart speakers compared

And the verdict is ... 

Smart speakers have different purposes. If all you want is a gizmo that will answer questions, tell you a joke and turn up the heating, the Amazon Echo Dot is enough. The Echo Spot is a tremendous alarm clock because of its highly visible clockface and compact size. But the best device, by far, for audio quality is Apple HomePod. Its smarts aren’t so advanced, but it’s easier to upgrade the software than the hardware so this is a device which will keep improving. Still, the Sonos One is a lot cheaper and sounds pretty spiffy – two together as a stereo pair are the HomePod’s main audio challenger.



How To Reset Your HomePod To Factory Settings

This article explains two different ways to do this.



HomePod vs. Sonos One: Which should you buy?

Overall, I’d easily choose HomePod over the Sonos. And that’s not just because I’m an Apple fanboy. The speaker sounds better, so much so that even Sonos’ CEO admits it. I find it easier to use.



Three Things I Learned After One Month With Apple's HomePod

1.  Siri is a pretty good DJ

2.  Siri is still way more useful on your phone

3.  It’s all about the sound

The HomePod is a music machine first and foremost, and that becomes immediately evident when listening to it alongside other smart speakers. Music sounded generally richer and more open on the HomePod compared to cheaper alternatives like the second-generation Amazon Echo or even the Echo Show, both of which sounded shallow alongside Apple’s speaker. The difference is harder to discern when comparing the HomePod against other premium speakers, like the Google Home Max and Sonos One, both of which also sound fantastic.

Ultimately, the decision to purchase Apple’s HomePod should come down to whether you’re willing to spend considerably more money for great sound but inferior voice controls compared to an Amazon Echo or Google Home device. (There’s also a chance Siri could be improved with software updates down the road.) Plus, you’ll have to commit to Apple Music to get the most out of the HomePod, since other services like Spotify are only compatible via AirPlay.



Apple HomePod: 6 things it can't do



The Apple Home Pod costs $248.40 to build, according to

Which is more than double the cost of competing products.



2 Out of 3 Apple Devices Ever Sold Are Still in Use



Apple iOS 11.2.6 Is Causing New Problems

A deep dive from PiunikaWeb has found iOS 11.2.6 has problems with math. As such you shouldn’t trust your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to do important calculations.

Credit for spotting the issue first goes to former Apple employee Ryan Jones.



Apple-approved Mac Store app mined crypto-coins

Annoyed users have forced an application to stop mining crypto-coins on Apple's Mac computers.

Last week the app was updated to include code that generated coins for the Monero crypto-currency.


The updated version of Calendar 2 started to generate complaints by people who said the option to opt out did not work and that the mining code sucked up so much of their computer's processing power that other applications slowed down.



Apple today announced it signed an agreement to acquire Texture, the digital magazine subscription service by Next Issue Media LLC, which gives users unlimited access to their favorite titles for one monthly subscription fee.

Texture brings over 200 of the world’s best magazines to life.

“We’re excited Texture will join Apple, along with an impressive catalog of magazines from many of the world’s leading publishers,” said Eddy Cue.



Working Smarter with macOS Preferences

Actually a few good hints.



I'm selling my iPad Pro because my iPhone X does everything I need

I bought Apple's 10.5-inch iPad Pro last year when it launched because I thought I'd use it for work, taking notes and watching movies.

Now I'm selling it, because I bought an iPhone X and found out it does everything I need from an iPad, and more.

The 5.8-inch screen on the iPhone X is big enough for everything I thought I needed a larger screen for.

What once fit wonderfully into my lifestyle is no longer needed. Funny it was cannibalized by an iPhone.



The 25 Best Productivity Apps For 2018



The Apple Pencil is perhaps a perfect stylus for drawing and writing on the iPad Pro, but some people (like me) may find its slim, slippery shape uncomfortable to hold for any length of time.  Adding the Pencil Case from Ztylus gives the Apple Pencil a thicker profile ... protects the Apple Pencil, and the thick barrel makes it easier to grip.



How to track back-to-back workouts with Apple Watch



How to use Face ID on iPhone and what to do when Face ID doesn't work



How to maximize the reliability of Face ID on the iPhone X: four tips



How to use iCloud for Windows

Keep photos, contacts, notes, and other data on your iPhone or iPad in sync with Windows by using iCloud for Windows.



Apple confirms it now uses Google Cloud for iCloud services

Apple has confirmed that it uses Google’s public cloud to store data for its iCloud services in its latest version of the iOS Security Guide.

Apple had previously used remote data storage systems provided by Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.



Apple's strong principles bend to China's police state

Chinese iCloud Users Warned The Government Could Access Their Data

Following an order from the Chinese government, Apple is about to open a Chinese data center where, from 1 March 2018, the keys for Chinese iCloud accounts will be stored.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) ... now fear that the Chinese authorities will start trawling through the iCould data of journalists, dissidents and others at will, and imprisoning many of them.



What price privacy when Apple gets into bed with China?

Apple’s website contains the following bold declaration: “At Apple we believe privacy is a fundamental human right.” What ancient English adage does this bring to mind? Answer: “Fine words butter no parsnips.” In other words, what matters is not what you say, but what you do.

Apple is moving the personal data and content of its mainland Chinese users to a place inside the country’s borders to comply with China’s sweeping new cybersecurity law which requires foreign companies to store all of the data they generate from China inside China’s borders.

Henceforth, cloud services in China have to be operated by Chinese companies.

... everything that Chinese Apple users store in the cloud will be accessible to the Chinese state.

So what’s new? In one sense, nothing: we’ve known for ages that there are no bargains that western tech companies will not make with an authoritarian state in order to gain access to the fastest-growing market in the world. But until now, Apple has laid claim to the moral high ground in this area.

Corporations can blather on all they like about corporate responsibility and human rights, but, in the end, maximising shareholder value is all that counts. And Apple is determined to get to that trillion-dollar valuation no matter what.



How to Merge and Remove Duplicate Contacts in macOS and iCloud

Detailed step-by-step instructions.



Stolen Apple iCloud Account IDs Reportedly Being Sold For $15 Each

Compromised iCloud accounts are among the most valuable of those traded on the dark web, so Apple users must make sure they protect themselves against fraud and phishing attacks.

One of the biggest reasons Apple users need to beware of phishing attacks is that compromised iCloud accounts are among the most valuable of those traded on the dark web at $15 per account.

Think about the value of your Apple ID data: Not only is your account the golden portal into all your personal data, but it unlocks all manner of other valuable items: credit card details, online purchasing, passwords for your websites and more.

That’s why every Apple ID user really should think about the value of the data they are trying to protect and create tough alphanumeric passcodes, even if they do need to spend significant time memorizing those codes.



Video: How to backup, erase, and factory reset your iPad



Video Interview:
The rationale for buying an iMac Pro

Apple expert Michael deAgonia told Computerworld Executive Editor Ken Mingis he's getting a new iMac Pro this month, and went on to explain why.
In a word: video.

Thus ensued a debate between DeAgonia and IDG Enterprise video producer Chris Hebert – in his Mingis on Tech debut – on the merits of spending high-roller money on a computer.

Chris Hebert figures the entry-level iMac Pro offers the best bang for the buck.



Apple will keep repairing your vintage iMacs in a new pilot program

The new offering will allow Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers to keep repairing both 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac models released in mid-2011. Because of the rate at which Apple devices age out, these seven-year-old machines will soon be considered “vintage” starting in March, but happily, that no longer means that they’re ineligible for service.

Generally speaking, you can have Apple repair or replace parts in your Mac up to five years after manufacturing ceases for a particular model. That means that computers made in mid-2011 are approaching this date.



Apple may extend 2011 iMac repair window in surprisingly pro-consumer move

In a move that many will see as surprisingly pro-consumer, Apple has reportedly extended the period during which it will repair 2011 iMac models through the end of August this year.



Apple Launching Pilot Program Allowing Repairs of Soon-to-Be Vintage Mid 2011 iMac in United States

Apple today internally announced it is launching a new pilot program that will permit Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers to continue offering repair service for 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac models released in mid 2011, despite the fact they will be classified as vintage starting next month.

The pilot program will be available in the United States only between March 1, 2018 and August 31, 2018, subject to parts availability from Apple, according to the company's internal memo obtained by MacRumors. After the pilot ends, repairs will only be available in California and Turkey, as required by law.



Apple iMac Pro review: The return of the king

The most powerful Mac ever; Stunning design; Gorgeous screen


The iMac Pro is Apple's attempt to take back the workplace, and it's come out swinging. Not only is it the most powerful Mac ever made, it's managed to fit in all that power without sacrificing any of Apple's world-class design aesthetic. If you can afford it, you won't regret it.



It's time to update your iPhone — Apple just fixed a big text message bug

Apple released iOS 11.2.6 to fix a bug in which a Telegu Indian language character could crash iMessage and other apps.


Anyone who owns an iPhone should update now to avoid being prone to the attack.



How to clear your private data from your iPad before you sell it

1. Make sure you have a backup
2. Turn off Find My iPad
3. Reset your iPad

Read the article for detailed instructions for each step.



5 reasons why iPad Pro won’t make you ask ‘What’s a computer?’

“What’s a computer,” a young girl asks in Apple’s latest change-the-world TV spot for the iPad. It’s a vision that fits well with the lazy Sunday afternoon Apple presents as the girl totes the device around parks and diners.

But for work?

I’ve used the tablet as my primary work device since 2015, and while it’s seen some impressive improvements over the years, it’s still not ready to fully usurp the MacBook. Here’s why.



The used phone market is cannibalizing new iPhone sales: that's why Apple is heading into a 'third straight year of flat-to-declining units’

On Apple's last earnings call, CEO Tim Cook announced some good news: "Apple's active installed base reached 1.3 billion devices in January and is at an all-time high for all of our major products. 

"1.3 billion devices represents an astonishing 30% growth in just two years." 

But Cook also announced that new iPhone sales declined 1%.

Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi believes he has figured out why it is that the "installed base" can grow at 30% while new unit sales are sagging. The base is being fuelled by used, second-hand and resold devices. New iPhone replacement sales are essentially flat, and all the growth is in the second-hand market, Sacconaghi says.

If Sacconaghi is right, it means new iPhone sales are being cannibalized by older phones that still work well.



How Capture One Completely Changed My Photography Workflow and Streamlined My Creativity

In this article, the author describes how new software improved his professional photography work flow.



5 tips to make macOS more efficient on the go



Siri co-founder believes Apple’s strategy with Siri is misguided (recall that Apple acquired Siri in 2010)

Siri co-founder Norman Winarsky recently opined that Apple’s goals for Siri are simply too broad. In other words, Winarsky believes that Apple — to its own detriment — wants Siri to be good at many things instead of focusing on just a few areas.



Apple macOS malware soared 270% over the past year - with four major threats found in 2018

Mac malware increased by 270% in 2017, compared to 2016, a report by MalwareBytes has revealed, with four new major Mac vulnerabilities uncovered in the first two months of 2018.



Meet Coldroot, a nasty Mac trojan that went undetected for years

A Mac malware that can silently, remotely control a vulnerable computer and steal passwords from a user's keychain has gone largely unnoticed by antivirus makers for two years -- even though the code is readily available to download.

Patrick Wardle, chief research officer at Digita Security, revealed  in a blog post Tuesday details of Coldroot, a remote access trojan.

The malware masquerades as a document, which when opened, presents a prompt for the user's password. In the hope that a user will naively enter their credentials, the malware will silently install and contact its command and control server to await instructions from an attacker.



Apple’s Swift Programming Language is now Top Tier

Apple's programming language Swift is less than four years old, but a new report finds that it's already as popular as its predecessor, Apple's more established Objective-C language.



GitHub Survived the Biggest DDoS Attack Ever Recorded

1.35 terabits per second of traffic hit the developer platform GitHub all at once. It was the most powerful distributed denial of service attack recorded to date—and it used an increasingly popular DDoS method, no botnet required.

GitHub briefly struggled with intermittent outages as a digital system assessed the situation. Within 10 minutes it had automatically called for help from its DDoS mitigation service, Akamai Prolexic. Prolexic took over as an intermediary, routing all the traffic coming into and out of GitHub, and sent the data through its scrubbing centers to weed out and block malicious packets. After eight minutes, attackers relented and the assault dropped off.

About 100,000 memcached servers, mostly owned by businesses and other institutions, currently sit exposed online with no authentication protection, meaning an attacker can access them and send them a special command packet that the server will respond to with a much larger reply.

The infrastructure community has also started attempting to address the underlying problem, by asking the owners of exposed memcached servers to take them off the internet, keeping them safely behind firewalls on internal networks.

Until memcached servers get off the public internet, though, it seems likely that attackers will give a DDoS of this scale another shot.



Sophisticated malware attacks through routers

It's likely the creation of a government surveillance agency.

Security researchers at Kaspersky Lab have discovered what's likely to be another state-sponsored malware strain, and this one is more advanced than most.

It has been nicknamed Slingshot.  Read the article for technical details.

While text clues hint that English speakers might be responsible, the culprit isn't clear. 

It rivals the Regin malware GCHQ used to spy on Belgian carrier Belgacom.



'Highly advanced' Slingshot malware remained hidden for six years

Researchers have discovered a "highly sophisticated and complicated" malware threat that has managed to remain hidden for at least six years.



Google Has Killed Tons of Firms by Demonitization



Facebook's algorithm has wiped out a once flourishing digital publisher

The digital publisher LittleThings is shutting down.

Facebook's recent algorithm tweak throttled its traffic severely, causing its profit to plummet.



Identity Theft Soars in 2017



Interesting video introduction to Bitcoin.

Play the video.  Ignore the written article on the web page.

The video has some info about investing in companies that sell computers to Bitcoin mining companies.

Right now, the video says that the best way to speculate in Bitcoin is to buy Bitcoins, not company stocks.

Not Bitcoin futures, not Bitcoin ETFs.  Just Bitcoins.



Artificial Intelligence (AI) vs Lawyers: The Ultimate Showdown

A new study has shown that AI can already work faster than lawyers on certain non-core legal tasks such as reviewing legal contracts.

Unfortunately for us humans, the AI predicted the outcomes with 94 percent accuracy, compared to 85 percent for the lawyers, on average. Additionally, the AI had a 100 percent accuracy rate for one document where the best result from a human was just 96 percent.

What’s more, the challenge took the LawGeex AI only 26 seconds to complete, while the human lawyers took more than an hour and a half on average.



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