Monthly Archives: June 2017

The Life, Death, and Legacy of iPhone Jailbreaking

From a Motherboard article: Jailbreaking is the art of hacking into Apple’s ultra-secure iOS operating system and unlocking it — and thus allowing users to customize the phone, and write or install any software unimpeded by Apple’s restrictions. At the

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Ends, Means, and Antitrust

Analyst Ben Thompson on the European Commission’s $2.7 billion fine levied on Google for anti-competitive behavior: The United States and European Union have, at least since the Reagan Administration, differed on this point: the U.S. is primarily concerned with consumer

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A Million Bottles a Minute: World’s Plastic Binge ‘As Dangerous as Climate Change’

Should you ever travel to one of the many uninhibited islands that dot the most remote reaches of Earth’s oceans, chances are you’ll find plastic bottles littering the shore. The Guardian reports: A million plastic bottles are bought around the

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Vertu, Phone-Maker To the Rich, Says It’s Broke

A British-based luxury phone maker which made its name selling $50,000 smartphones decked out in alligator leather and titanium and fitted with sapphire screens, has applied to the courts to be placed in administration after running of out money to

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You’re Thinking About the Dictionary All Wrong, Lexicographers Say

An anonymous reader shares a report on The Outline: It seems like ever since “bootylicious” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in 2004, dictionaries have been trying to play catch up to ever-evolving languages of slang, especially when

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The Age of Distributed Truth

Eugene Wei, head of video at Oculus (Formerly with Flipboard, Hulu, and Amazon) writes about how information gets distributed now, and things that were commonly known in specific circles are becoming more widely known. From his article: The internet gave

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AMD Launches Ryzen PRO CPUs: Enhanced Security, Longer Warranty, Better Quality

Reader harrisonweber shares a report: This morning AMD introduced their Ryzen PRO processors for business and commercial desktop PCs. The new lineup of CPUs includes the Ryzen 3 PRO, Ryzen 5 PRO and Ryzen 7 PRO families with four, six,

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Sony Will Start Pressing Vinyl Records After 28-Year Hiatus

Sony said this week it will begin pressing vinyl records again, ending an almost three-decade hiatus. A dramatic increase in demand for vinyl music in recent years prompted the move, the company said. From a report: After a 28-year hiatus,

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France Drops Windows 10 Privacy Case After Microsoft Changes Telemetry Settings

Reader Mark Wilson writes: There have been lots of complaints about invasion of privacy since the release of Windows 10. Microsoft’s telemetry lead to several lawsuits, including one from France’s National Data Protection Commission which said Windows 10 was collecting

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India Presses Microsoft For Windows Discount in Wake of Cyber Attacks

India is pressing Microsoft to offer a sharply discounted one-time deal to the more than 50 million Windows users in the country so that they can upgrade to the latest Windows 10 operating system in the wake of ransomware attacks,

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