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  1. Today
  2. err0r

    I'm back...

    congratulations on getting married. Not sure if it's the same danger as I did not know danger from the MSN days. I only met him on Buzzen.
  3. Yesterday
  4. KingpinX

    I'm back...

    I checked out two of the chat websites....noticed it still uses /pass....was tempting to see if a old pass cracker could of did the trick just for the fun of it. its a shame we all done vanished over the years. I'll be in mexico after july for a few months, my girl and me are getting married. good to see your still around err0r! got a quick question too...when i joined one of the websites chat seen Danger...still same danger from back in the day? hell man I have not been doing much over the years, I quit coding when msn shut down went into linux more...been messing with kali linux for a few months.
  5. err0r

    I'm back...

    most of the oldies have faded off into the sunset.. I'm still around though. Mostly on Buzzen and ircwx
  6. KingpinX

    I'm back...

    I was checking out some old msn chat related stuff, when I was working on a old computer that was collecting dust. Ran into stuff that we all worked on coding. It brought back memories.... _bathroom_, syam, anthrax, webagent007, err0r How have you all been?
  7. Last week
  8. It's every smart home speaker owner's worst nightmare: a private message recorded and sent to a recipient without their knowledge. But that’s what happened to a Portland woman, who told a Fox News affiliate that her Amazon Echo recorded an audio clip of her conversation and sent it to a person on her contact list. The woman, who declined to provide her last name to Fox, said she was alerted to the bug when the recipient of the message — one of her husband’s employees — called her home to alert her that she’d been “hacked.” “Amazon takes privacy very seriously,” an Amazon representative told Fox. “We investigated what happened and determined this was an extremely rare occurrence. We are taking steps to avoid this from happening in the future.” An investigation by an Alexa engineer turned up no leads, according to the woman. But the engineer speculated that the Echo speaker “guessed” the command to send a message via Alexa Voice Messaging without asking for verbal confirmation. Normally, Alexa and Google Assistant — which has similar messaging capabilities — alert users when they’re about to send an audio message. “[Amazon] said, ‘Our engineers went through your logs, and they saw exactly what you told us; they saw exactly what you said happened, and we’re sorry,'” said the woman. “‘He apologized like 15 times in a matter of 30 minutes, and he said, ‘We really appreciate you bringing this to our attention; this is something we need to fix!'” Amazon said it offered to “de-provision” the communication features of the woman’s Echo speaker so that she could continue using its “smart home” features without concern that her voice would be captured and transmitted. The woman, however, is seeking a refund. Read full article @ https://venturebeat.com/2018/05/24/alexa-recorded-a-womans-private-conversation-and-sent-it-to-a-random-contact/
  9. Facebook users who want extra account security but don’t want to share their phone number with the company can now lock down their accounts with alternative two-factor authentication methods like code-generating apps, Facebook announced today. Two-factor authentication helps protect users’ accounts from unauthorized access by requiring a code in addition to a password in order to log in. This helps a user prove their identity, even in circumstances where their password may be stolen by a hacker. Facebook—and many other platforms—have traditionally relied on text messaging to send authentication codes to their users. But these codes can be intercepted if an attacker manages to take control of the user’s SIM and transfer it to a new phone. More secure two-factor authentication methods, like code-generator apps and hardware tokens, have become popular ways to address this problem. In February, Facebook faced backlash from users who discovered that the phone number they’d provided for two-factor authentication was being used to spam them with texted notifications about their friends’ activity on Facebook. Facebook said the text notifications were caused by an unintentional bug. “The last thing we want is for people to avoid helpful security features because they fear they will receive unrelated notifications,” Facebook’s chief security officer, Alex Stamos, wrote in a blog post. Read full article @ https://gizmodo.com/facebook-wont-force-you-to-use-a-phone-number-for-two-f-1826236404
  10. Windows 10 users over the past two days have begun reporting serious glitches after updating to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. As per an account on Reddit, after installing the update the computer appears to boot but then gets stuck with a black screen and no icons. There's also an error message that the Desktop file could not be accessed. Users on Microsoft's forums have been reporting similar black-screen problems since May 14 after updating to the latest version of Windows 10. However, more reports have flowed in over the past two days. "Tried the update on my Dell and all I got was a black screen with a mouse, then on my Asus I get the black desktop screen with only the recycle bin icon," wrote a user on May 22 on another thread. "On my Dell it just kept restarting, trying to reinstall the software. On the Asus after every restart, it goes back to the setup screen telling me these 'updates help protect you from an online world'." As per The Register, a US computer-repair firm Computer Cellar has written a post on Reddit blaming the issue on Avast antivirus because a number of users who also run that AV have had the same problems. Indeed, some Reddit users do claim they were running Avast when they struck problems after updating to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, while others claim to be using AVG, which is owned by Avast. However, there are also multiple Reddit users who claim not be running either antivirus and yet are experiencing the same problem. Avast told the publication it has tested the issue and "don't see any indications this is caused by Avast". Either way, it's sparked a debate about whether Windows 10's built-in antivirus, Windows Defender, is sufficient protection, or whether consumers need third-party antivirus. Read full article @ https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-april-2018-update-problems-users-struggle-with-mystery-black-screen/
  11. Earlier
  12. You can review a list of various IRC Daemons @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Internet_Relay_Chat_daemons IRCx was developed by Microsoft. Many of our users used MSN chat in the past. Net-bits.net has built IRCwx which has many of the features of MSN chat. IRCd is more commonly used and has tons of features and addons.
  13. I've been unsure of the difference between irc, ircx and irc could anyone explain the difference? Does one support more then the other?
  14. After several weeks of delays, on April 30 Microsoft gave the green light and started rolling out the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) to compatible devices. Initially, the company made available the new version using the Media Creation Tool and Update Assistant, and then, on May 8, it became available more broadly through Windows Update. This is the fifth major release of Windows 10, which introduces a few new features, such as Timeline to resume activities you were working on in the past, and Nearby sharing to easily share files and links without complicated setups. Also, the new version includes numerous improvements in the Settings app, Microsoft Edge, Windows Defender Security Center, Fluent Design, and a slew of other small changes. While this is a significant update meant to improve Windows 10 over the previous releases, the rollout is not going as smoothly as everyone would have hoped. Even after weeks of Microsoft fixing last minute bugs, some frustrated users have been reporting problems and many complaints with Windows 10 version 1803. In this Windows 10 guide, we highlight the most interesting complaints and issues during and after installing the April 2018 Update. Windows 10 April 2018 Update common problems and complaints Here some of the problems and complains that Windows 10 users are reporting:     Installation problems with the April 2018 Update     Apps problems with the April 2018 Update     Settings problems with the April 2018 Update     Performance problems with the April 2018 Update     Update problems with the April 2018 Update Read full article @ https://www.windowscentral.com/windows-10-april-2018-update-biggest-user-problems-and-complaints
  15. Google today announced its next steps for how Chrome labels HTTP and HTTPS sites. Starting in September 2018, Chrome will stop marking HTTPS sites as “Secure” in its address bar. And then in October 2018, Chrome will start displaying a red “Not secure” label when users enter data into HTTP pages. HTTPS is a more secure version of the HTTP protocol used on the internet to connect users to websites. Secure connections are widely considered a necessary measure to decrease the risk of users being vulnerable to content injection (which can result in eavesdropping, man-in-the-middle attacks, and other data modification). Data is kept secure from third parties, and users can be more confident they are communicating with the correct website. Google has been pushing the web to HTTPS for years, but it accelerated its efforts last year by making changes to Chrome’s user interface. Chrome 56, released in January 2017, started marking HTTP pages that collect passwords or credit cards as “Not secure.” Chrome 62, released in October 2017, started marking HTTP sites with entered data and all HTTP sites viewed in Incognito mode as “Not secure.” Read full article @ https://venturebeat.com/2018/05/17/chrome-will-remove-secure-label-on-https-sites-in-september/
  16. U.S. Senate Democrats were handed a major victory on Wednesday when the body voted 52 to 47 in favor of undoing the Federal Communications Commission's "Restoring Internet Freedom" order, which ended Obama-era net neutrality protections. The measure passed with a better margin than expected, with three Republicans and two independents helping to put Democrats over the top, Reuters observed. It must still survive the Republican-dominated House of Representatives however, and a likely veto by President Donald Trump. The White House has opposed any return to net neutrality. Senate Democrats took advantage of the Congressional Review Act to force a vote on the matter. Without intervention, net neutrality is expected to vanish on June 11. Supporters of net neutrality have worried that if internet providers are no longer subject to Title II rules, they will begin preferentially blocking or throttling traffic, favoring their own services or customers and partners that pay the best. Restoring Internet Freedom simply requires ISPs to inform the public of those tactics. Among the corporate backers of neutrality is Apple. The company's business model is highly dependent on fast internet access, whether for services like Apple Music, iTunes, and FaceTime, or just general usability. "An open internet ensures that hundreds of millions of consumers get the experience they want, over the broadband connections they choose, to use the devices they love, which have become an integral part of their lives," the company remarked in an August letter to the FCC intended to steer the agency's thinking. Read full article @ https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/05/16/us-senate-votes-to-preserve-net-neutrality-but-effort-faces-overwhelming-odds
  17. Google is rolling out new changes to its storage plans that include a new, low-cost storage plan and half off the price of its 2TB storage option, the company announced today. It’s also converting all Google Drive paid storage plans to Google One, perhaps in part because you’ll now have one-tap access to Google’s live customer service. Google One will get a new $2.99 a month option that gets you 200GB of storage. The 2TB plan, which usually costs $19.99 per month, will now cost $9.99 a month. Finally, the 1TB plan that costs $9.99 a month is getting removed. The other plans for 10, 20, or 30TB won’t see any changes. Google will also make the plan shareable within a family of up to five members, and give users access to live chat support even if you’re on the cheapest plan of $1.99 a month for 100GB. It’s the first time live support is coming to Google for users who may not have a G Suite business account. If you want to use Google One without paying at all, the company will still offer Drive’s basic 15GB of free space option. The upgrade will arrive first to users who already pay for additional Google Drive storage, and you can expect to see an email confirming the change shortly. Read full article @ https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/14/17352836/google-one-google-drive-paid-storage-plans-cheaper
  18. Microsoft has today announced at Build 2018 a brand new feature coming soon to Windows 10 called Your Phone that's designed to help further tie your Android or iOS smartphone to your PC. Unlike current implementations of phone integration, Your Phone is a window into your smartphone, right from your PC for instant access to text messages, photos, and notifications. With Your Phone, users will be able to read and send text messages, drag and drop photos from your phone and place them into documents that you're working on at your PC, and see your phones entire list of notifications. The idea here is to make it so you don't need to keep switching back and forth between your PC and your smartphone when working on an essay or doing research. You can see everything you need to see on your smartphone right through Your Phone. From Microsoft: Microsoft says Your Phone will be coming to Insiders for testing very soon. The latest Insider build already has the Your Phone app preinstalled, but it doesn't appear to do anything new just yet. Microsoft has not committed to a release window for Your Phone, so it might or might not show up in Redstone 5 for the public later this year. Read full article @ https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-announces-your-phone-windows-10-further-ties-your-smartphone-your-pc
  19. The Federal Communications Commission says that its order ending an era of "net neutrality" — the rules that restrict Internet service providers' ability to slow down or speed up users' access to specific websites and apps – will take effect on June 11. The FCC named a date that is one day before the Senate's June 12 deadline to vote on a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that was filed by Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass. The resolution aims to overturn the FCC's repeal of the Obama administration's Open Internet Order of 2015, which officially established net neutrality. Formally called a Resolution of Disapproval, the CRA has the support of every member of the Democratic caucus in the Senate, along with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. It also has the support of Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the web, and a number of businesses, from Reddit and Tumblr to Wikimedia. To force action on Markey's CRA, Senate Democrats filed a discharge petition on Wednesday, setting up a vote that Markey says should take place next week. Democrats say they easily have the support of 30 senators that's needed to send the CRA to the Senate floor. In a vote, they would need a simple majority to adopt the resolution — and with Collins, they have 50 votes. Republicans might be able to muster only 49 votes, due to the absence of Sen. John McCain (who has not cast a vote since early December, due to health concerns). If it gets Senate approval, the CRA would then need to pass the House — and to be signed by President Trump. The president has already signed more than a dozen CRAs, but those were aimed at doing their more common work, of reversing the work of a previous administration. When White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about this CRA's prospects at Wednesday's briefing, she answered, "We'll keep you posted when we have a specific policy announcement on that front." Net neutrality's repeal has stirred passions and controversy, as proponents warn of an impending era of online content being blocked, slowed down, or otherwise discriminated against, under the FCC's planned changes. Ending net neutrality, they say, could also force consumers to pay more for slower Internet service. The FCC's move has also sparked legal challenges. In February, a coalition of 23 attorneys general filed a lawsuit to block the rollback of net neutrality. After the FCC set the June date for the policy change, acting New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood issued a statement saying in part, "A free and open internet is critical to New York, and to our democracy. The repeal of net neutrality would allow internet service providers to put their profits before the consumers they serve and control what we see, do, and say online." Read full article @ https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/10/610090939/fcc-plans-net-neutrality-rollback-for-june-11-senate-democrats-plan-a-key-challe
  20. Canonical recently released Ubuntu 18.04, the company's latest iteration of its popular Linux distribution, nicknamed Bionic Beaver. Ubuntu 18.04 is a Long Term Support (LTS) release and will receive updates and support from Canonical until April 2023. But more notably... Unity is gone. GNOME is back. And Ubuntu has never been better. The demise of the company's Unity desktop, which Canonical abandoned to focus on its work for server and IoT systems, comes nearly seven years after it first replaced GNOME 2. While the Unity user interface was very much a love it or hate it experience, it was (for better or worse) the thing that defined Ubuntu for nearly the past decade. You might think the end of Unity would leave Ubuntu rudderless and drifting, but I'd argue it has done just the opposite. Bionic Beaver marks the first time LTS release users get a look at Ubuntu's new GNOME-based desktop. And for the first time in quite a while, Ubuntu feels like a distro that is firing on all cylinders, turning out what might be its strongest release ever, in an LTS package no less. Not only is 18.04 well worth the upgrade—especially for those coming all the way from the last LTS release (16.04)—it's worth checking out even if you use a completely different distro. If you've been using last autumn's 17.10 release, you're already familiar with the new, slightly customized version of GNOME arriving to replace Ubuntu's Unity desktop. That said, 17.10 was very much a test release, one that had some serious hiccups thanks to an installer bug that wiped out some hardware. With 18.04, the testing is over and polish has been applied (and in some cases things have reverted back to even stabler options). In my several months of testing throughout the beta release cycle, 18.04 has performed rock solid. While much of the work for this release has gone into the transition from Unity to GNOME and making sure that's a smooth experience for desktop users, that's far from the only story here. In fact, that effort isn't even the most interesting part of what's new in 18.04. Much of what's great in this release isn't aimed at the desktop. Rather, server users deploying Ubuntu on any one of the major cloud platforms will really enjoy this latest iteration. That reality might be a little disconcerting to desktop users, many of whom are already convinced Ubuntu is going to abandon the desktop in favor of the more profitable worlds of server and IoT, but I don't think that's the case. If nothing else, Canonical knows developers need a solid desktop on which to do their work, so Ubuntu is unlikely to get rid of its desktop just because it's less profitable. While it's purely anecdotal, most developers I've met and worked with who used Ubuntu did so because they got used to it on a server first. That's why it makes sense of Canonical to focus on servers: not only is it where the money is, it's where a good portion of its desktop users is coming from. Even if the desktop became a purely communally driven project with very little input from Canonical—which, again, I don't see happening, but hypothetically—I think it's in a better position to survive, even thrive, with its new GNOME interface than with Unity. GNOME certainly isn't going anywhere, and while Canonical has already started contributing upstream, the bulk of the work being done is well outside Canonical's influence. By comparison, Unity was solely the work of Canonical developers. Read full article @ https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/05/ubuntu-18-04-the-return-of-a-familiar-interface-marks-the-best-ubuntu-in-years/
  21. On Thursday, Twitter chief technology officer Parag Agrawal disclosed in a blog post that the company had inadvertently recorded user passwords, in plaintext, in an internal system. This is not how things are supposed to go! And while Twitter has fixed the bug, and doesn't think any of the exposed passwords were accessed in any way, you should still change your Twitter password right now to make sure your account is secure. "It's a bad thing and Twitter should be held to the fire for it," says David Kennedy, CEO of the penetration testing firm TrustedSec. "But they are taking the right steps by requesting everyone change their password and making the bug public versus hiding it." Twitter has begun notifying both mobile and desktop users to change their passwords, but several people have reported errors and lags, presumably because everyone is trying to make account changes at once (which is good!). Companies generally protect user passwords by scrambling them in a cryptographic process known as hashing. As Agrawal explained, Twitter does this, too, using a well-regarded hash function called bcrypt. But a bug caused Twitter to accidentally store passwords unprotected in some type of internal log before its password management system finished hashing them. The system would then complete the hash, and everything would look fine, even though the passwords were readable in the log. While it's great that Twitter eventually realized the situation and is taking steps to ensure that it never happens again, it's disconcerting that such a fundamental flaw in a crucial user protection existed in the first place. "I’m sorry that this happened," Agrawal wrote on Twitter after posting the announcement. "We are sharing this information to help people make an informed decision about their account security. We didn’t have to, but believe it’s the right thing to do." The disclosure came on World Password Day. It's true that Twitter could have simply implemented remediations and hoped for the best, but its users deserve to know if and when their passwords have been exposed—especially because it's always possible that the data actually was improperly accessed. And the company could have gone even farther with its disclosure. "We ask that you consider changing your password on all services where you’ve used this password," Agrawal wrote in the statement. Instead of making it optional, Twitter could have forced all of its users to change their passwords to guarantee their security. To do just that for your own account, navigate to Settings and privacy > Password. Enter your current password and then pick a new one. And if you used your old Twitter password for any other accounts, you should change those, too. Read full article @ https://www.wired.com/story/change-your-twitter-password-right-now/
  22. Today, Google is making the biggest changes to Gmail since 2011. The huge redesign that leaked earlier this month is finally going live, and all the features in that leak have been confirmed by Google. Gmail is getting a new design that seems to align with our theorized "Material Design 2" design principles. A pane on the right side shows in-line interfaces for Google Calendar, Google Keep, and Google Tasks. In the future you'll be able to send "Confidential" emails that expire at a set time or can be unsent at any time. Gmail now also has features from Google Inbox like snoozing emails and computer generated Smart Replies. Google is picking today as the announcement and launch day, but Google's painfully slow rollouts mean you won't necessarily have access to the new Gmail immediately. When the Gmail upgrade comes to your account, you'll be able to click on the gear and select "try the new Gmail." For a personal account, this will just happen at some point in the future; GSuite users will need their admins to enable the opt-in message. If you're not a fan of the new design, you can return to the old 2011 Gmail at any time through the gear menu. Along with all the features in the previous leak, there are a few new Gmail features revealed in today's announcement blog post. A new "Nudge" feature will point out emails that have sat untouched in your inbox for some time. In the demo, orange text is shown in line with the message that says "Received 3 days ago. Reply?" Another new feature is the ability to deal with messages with a single click right from the inbox, thanks to inline action buttons like "Archive," "Delete," and "Snooze." Security warnings are also getting a bolder, more alarming red design. In the future, Gmail will start to automatically suggest you unsubscribe from mailing lists based on what you actually read. Later, there will also be an offline mode. Google Tasks Along with the launch of new Gmail, Google is also revamping Google Tasks. Along with the new interface inside Gmail, there's a new dedicated Tasks app for Android and iOS. Google Tasks has always been a really weak product, and while having any app at all is an improvement, there's not much functionality here. You can make multiple checklists, pick a due date for a task, and add sub-tasks to a task. That's about it. Google Keep can also make checklists, and Tasks seems wholly inferior to just making a Google Keep checklist. A Keep checklist can be shared with collaborators just like a Google Doc, you can add reminders based on a time/date or a location, and users get colored backgrounds, image attachments, and a search interface. Tasks has a long way to go if it's ever going to be a good product. The design of Tasks is unlike anything we've ever seen from Google, and it's probably a good indicator of what Android P and other "Material Design 2" interfaces will look like. Android has typically used a slide-out side navigation panel with a button all the way at the top of the screen, but in Tasks there is a bottom navigation button and a panel that slides in from the bottom. With phone screens getting bigger and bigger, it makes sense to move controls more toward the bottom of the screen where you can easily reach them. There's also a huge blue "New Task" button centered at the bottom of the display. In the past, this would have been a small colored circle on the right side of the screen. As usual with Material Design 2, everything is very white, and there are lots of rounded rectangles. Read full article @ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/04/gmail-coms-massive-redesign-launches-today/
  23. If you’ve had a “forced-redirect” ad hijack your web browsing today and wanted to curse out some of the cretins responsible by name, you can now do so. And the name is as tacky as you might expect: Zirconium. The identification comes in a report by the ad-security firm Confiant that unpacks how this group of con artists staged a massive ad-fraud campaign last year that included creating 28 phony ad agencies. It’s yet another haul of evidence pointing out deep-seated rot in the “programmatic” part of the online ad business, in which ad networks match open space on sites with potential advertisers through automated auctions. A multi-level malware machine The operation Confiant describes was larger than most: The New York company estimates that Zirconium’s “malvertising” got seen about a billion times last year, and in seven days of December showed up on 62% of a panel of 600 sites that it monitored. But the con was also more complex, in that Zirconium built fake firms to sell fake ads. This operation, itself hidden behind a Scottish shell company, created an ad network named MyAdsBro (yes, somebody thought this was a good name for a firm meant to sound legitimate) and then spawned 28 bogus ad agencies. These companies’ websites look extremely similar, complete with buzzword-laden sales pitches and links to Twitter accounts spouting such marketing mumbo-jumbo as “Try to get the eventual user in online marketing” or “The main thing in online marketing is to have a progress report.” Most point to a LinkedIn profile with a strikingly polished portrait picture that a Google (GOOG, GOOGL) reverse-image search reveals to be a stock photo. A few of these online storefronts look sloppier than others. For instance, one fake firm that claims to run 4,600-plus ad campaigns lists a British street address that Google Maps shows as a rundown block of townhomes. “We believe Zirconium was progressively rolling out their agencies to overcome occasional bans, as they progressively got caught,” Confiant’s report notes. “The dormant ones progressively built precious reputation (mostly history, and social media following) to pose as established companies and maximize their potential of striking deals with more ad platforms.” Evading capture Confiant co-founder and chief technology officer Jerome Dangu said that his New York firm first saw signs of the ad-fraud operation last February. “We only realized that this was an organized group as we started connecting the dots by October 2017,” he said. “When they continued to ramp up their operations through Q4 2017, we organized to collect as much data as possible and aggressively report them to platforms.” Many ad networks did not want to hear the company’s warnings: “Multiple platforms were dubious of our claims, citing their own security processes, which delayed the reaction by multiple weeks.” The report originally named two such firms, AdSupply and Voluum. Executives at both denied acting in that manner, and AdSupply CEO Justin Bunnell added that he was not aware of any inquiries from Confiant. Confiant has since edited its own post to remove any mention of either firm. Oversight is a known issue in the ad industry, said Ryan Singel, co-founder of the publishing-tools firm Contextly: “If legitimate ad platforms actually did any due diligence, this scam would be far less profitable.” Confiant also found that from October on, Zirconium’s malvertising began adding code to detect whether an ad was being served to a real person’s desktop computer or a browser running in a virtual machine set up by researchers to detect scam ads. Only in the first case would a Zirconium ad try to hijack the page by abusing web scripting to shove the user into a pitch to download malware or pay for fake tech support. By Confiant’s estimate, Zirconium would have paid a total of $220,000 to run these ads, for a potential cost per victim (assuming 5% clicked on the malvertising bait instead of closing the browser window) of 8 cents. At that rate, you don’t need to find that many victims to make money. Read full article @ https://finance.yahoo.com/news/gang-crooks-hijacked-web-browser-215742162.html
  24. The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into potential coordination by AT&T, Verizon and a telecommunications standards organization to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers, according to six people with knowledge of the inquiry. In February, the Justice Department issued demands to AT&T, Verizon and the G.S.M.A., a mobile industry standards-setting group, for information on potential collusion to thwart a technology known as eSIM, said two of the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the details are confidential. The technology lets people remotely switch wireless providers without having to insert a new SIM card into a device. AT&T and Verizon face accusations that they colluded with the G.S.M.A. to try to establish standards that would allow them to lock a device to their network even if it had eSIM technology. The investigation was opened about five months ago after at least one device maker and one wireless carrier filed formal complaints with the Justice Department, two of the people said. The device maker was Apple, one of them said. Representatives for the Justice Department, and Apple declined to comment. In a statement, a Verizon spokesman confirmed that the carrier had been working with the Justice Department for several months on the inquiry because of “a difference of opinion with a couple of phone equipment manufacturers regarding the development of eSIM standards.” He said the issue was “much ado about nothing.” An AT&T spokesman said the company was “aware of the investigation,” had provided information to the government and was working “to move this issue forward.” Read full article @ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/20/technology/att-verizon-investigate-esim.html
  25. Chrome 66 is rolling out today on Mac, Windows, and Linux with a number of user-facing features and policy changes that have been in development for the past several months. This includes new media autoplay behavior, blocking third-party software, and other security changes. In January with version 64, Chrome allowed users to mute audio on a site-by-site basis in order to make the playback experience more consistent. Google is now continuing those efforts with new policies that govern when media can autoplay — or start automatically — in Chrome 66: Chrome on Windows will now alert users when third-party software injects code that results in browser crashes. These warnings are designed to encourage users to remove the offending application, with later Chrome updates going further. Version 68 blocks third-party software entirely unless it prevents the browser from launching, while that accommodation will be removed in 72. In “Manage passwords,” there is a new overflow icon just before the list of stored passcodes that reveals the “Export passwords” option. A prompt asks users to confirm the download with your computer possibly asking you to enter your system credentials to proceed as the saved .csv file is in clear text. On the security front, Chrome 66 removes trust for Symantec certificates after the company failed to follow industry security standards. Announced last September, warnings will appear when visiting sites that have not transitioned to the new DigiCert Certificate Authority. Read full article @ https://9to5google.com/2018/04/17/google-chrome-66-stable-mac-windows-linux-features/
  26. Red alert, people! Gmail is being redesigned. Google sent out an email to G Suite administrators warning them a "fresh, clean look" would be coming to Gmail.com soon. Shortly after the email went out, leaked pictures of the design were posted to Android Authority and The Verge, so we have a ton of pictures to obsess over. So let's dive in. The existing Gmail for Web design is one of Google's oldest, dating all the way back to 2011. While some Google services seem to get a redesign every year or two (like YouTube) the lack of a redesign for Gmail always felt more like it stemmed from a "fear of screwing it up" than anything else. Some people who live inside Gmail will be very vocal if Google breaks anything. Even the 2011 redesign did not go over well. Thankfully, one of Google's most popular productivity apps is not turning into a whitespace-infused nightmare hellscape (like say, Google Inbox). The layout is mostly the same as the existing Gmail.com, and, just like today, there are three information density settings to choose from. The new Gmail really does seem fine on the whitespace front. What we are getting is a lot of new functionality. Gmail is pulling in a few features from its sibling, Google Inbox. First there's a new "snooze" feature, which lets you remove an email from your inbox for a set amount of time. Second, Gmail.com is getting Smart Replies, which offer up machine-learning-generated replies to your emails that you can send with a single click. Next, it looks like Google is finally building some plugins for the "Gmail Add-ons" feature that was launched last October. Add-ons live in Gmail as a vertical strip of icons on the right side of the window, offering pop-up panes that can pull in information from other apps. While the existing add-ons are all third-party services like Trello or Asana, with the redesign Google is adding Google Keep, Google Calendar, and Google Tasks integration. Bringing your calendar information up right inside Gmail sounds amazing for scheduling events and meetings, and hopefully the calendar will be smart enough to automatically show any relevant dates mentioned in the email. Google Keep looks like it will just be the regular stream of Keep notes, which will be nice for updating any to-do lists you have stored on there. Google Tasks exists today as a panel inside of Gmail and as an absolutely ancient website, but it seems like the neglected service is getting a revamp along with the Gmail redesign. The standalone website looks like it will be getting updated, too, as a new logo and some other changes were spotted by Android Police last month. The problem with Tasks is that it is just a checklist, which seems a bit redundant with Google Keep. It typically has never communicated with any other Google service (reminders and calendar integration would be nice!) and lacks a smartphone app, which makes Tasks really tough to use. We'll have to see just how thorough this revamp is. Read full article @ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/04/gmail-com-redesign-leaks-looks-pretty-incredible/
  27. Windows 10 fans will be able to download the Spring Creators Update, the next big software upgrade for Microsoft’s OS, in the next few weeks. The Windows 10 update will be the first of two upgrades that Microsoft have planned for its flagship OS this year. However, if you want to hold fire and wait for any launch issues to be ironed out before you upgrade then you can defer downloading the patch. If you wish to put the brakes on automatically upgrading to the Windows 10 Spring Creators update, then here’s how. Windows 10 users are only able to defer the upgrade process if they’re running business and education editions. These editions are Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Education. If you’re running Windows 10 Home you will not be able to defer the upgrade. If you have installed the latest Creators Update, and you’re eligible to defer an upgrade, then here’s what you need to do. Read full article @ https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/941364/Windows-10-Spring-Creators-Update-delay-upgrade-Microsoft
  28. It's been nearly 12 years since Sony first unveiled the PlayStation 3 to the masses. The original console was surprisingly heavy and very bulky, which resulted in it being called the "phat" PS3. It also included the ability to install an alternative operating system (Linux or Unix-based) alongside the main PS3 software. That was nice of Sony, but ultimately became a decision they would regret. When the Slim model of the PS3 appeared, the so-called OtherOS functionality had been removed as part of a firmware update due to security concerns. That in turn resulted in a class action lawsuit which dragged on until a settlement was reached in 2016. As Polygon reports, the settlement allowed phat PS3 owners to claim $55, but the amount was increased to $65. You may be surprised to hear claims can still be filed for this $65 pay out, but time is about to run out on the offer. If you own a phat PS3, you have until April 15 to submit the claim form. As part of the claim, you must state the PS3 was purchased from an "authorized retailer," although how will they check? You are also required to provide your PSN username, PS3 serial number, and claim you know Linux could be installed or removal of the feature meant the PS3 lost value in your eyes. If you intend to claim, keep in mind this offer is limited to 20GB, 40GB, 60GB, and 80GB models. Read full article @ https://www.pcmag.com/news/359916/phat-ps3-owners-have-until-april-15-to-claim-65
  29. Right now, the fall 2018 edition of Windows 10 will open links within email via Microsoft Edge—and boy, are some people mad. Windows 10 Build 17623, part of the “Skip Ahead” track that will debut in the “Redstone 5” release in the fall, will begin testing a change that will make Edge the default browser for reading email links, Microsoft said Friday. The decision isn’t final, and Microsoft hasn’t even released the current version of “Redstone 4,” informally known as the Spring Creators Update. Heck, since the Skip Ahead track is a closed beta, the vast majority of Windows users won’t even be affected for months. Under the new rules, it doesn’t matter which browser you have selected as the default; if you use the basic Mail app within Windows, any link you click will open up Edge. Outlook will apparently open links using the default browser, as before. But any change to the established order of things riles up a certain segment of the Windows 10 community, who want their PC pristine, unchanged, and theirs. To be fair, Microsoft has tried this before, assigning Edge and Bing as the default apps to open up Cortana search links. And at just under 4 percent market share, it’s fair to say that the market has spoken, and against Edge. Still, woe betide the poor person who has to read the Windows feedback on this one. Unfortunately, Microsoft’s Edge debacle probably overshadowed more meaningful additions within Insider Build 17623: Support for HEIF, the High Efficiency Image File Format: a new image format which helps improve quality, compression, and capabilities compared to earlier formats like JPEG, GIF, and PNG. Safe removal of external GPUs: Like the USB drives of old, Windows can now un-mount an external GPU, shutting down applications which many be running on it. Read full article @ https://www.pcworld.com/article/3263783/windows/microsoft-tries-forcing-mail-users-to-open-links-in-edge-and-people-are-freaking-out.html
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