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NYT sues FCC, says it hid evidence of Russia meddling in net neutrality repeal

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai standing in front of the FCC seal and speaking to reporters.

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaks to the media after the vote to repeal net neutrality rules on December 14, 2017. (credit: Getty Images | Alex Wong )

The New York Times has sued the Federal Communications Commission over the agency’s refusal to release records that the Times believes might shed light on Russian interference in the net neutrality repeal proceeding.

The Times made a Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) request in June 2017 for FCC server logs related to the system for accepting public comments on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s repeal of net neutrality rules. The FCC refused to provide the records, telling the Times that doing so would jeopardize the privacy of commenters and the effectiveness of the agency’s IT security practices and that fulfilling the records request would be overly burdensome.

This led to a months-long process in which the Times repeatedly narrowed its public records request in order to overcome the FCC’s various objections. But the FCC still refuses to release any of the records requested by the Times, so the newspaper sued the commission yesterday in US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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Apple iOS 12 review: Less mess

dims?resize=2000%2C2000%2Cshrink___PURIMThe wait is over: After a splashy announcement at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June, iOS 12 is finally ready. And the best part? While it’s far from the flashiest iPhone update ever — there’s no visual overhaul here or many hyped-up new…


Hackers stole customer credit cards in Newegg data breach


Newegg is clearing up its website after a month-long data breach.

Hackers injected 15 lines of card skimming code on the online retailer’s payments page which remained for more than a month between August 14 and September 18, Yonathan Klijnsma, a threat researcher at RiskIQ, told TechCrunch. The code siphoned off credit card data from unsuspecting customers to a server controlled by the hackers with a similar domain name — likely to avoid detection. The server even used an HTTPS certificate to blend in.

The code also worked for both desktop and mobile customers — though it’s unclear if mobile customers are affected.

The online electronics retailer removed the code on Tuesday after it was contacted by incident response firm Volexity, which first discovered the card skimming malware and reported its findings.

Newegg is one of the largest retailers in the US, making $2.65 billion in revenue in 2016. The company touts more than 45 million monthly unique visitors, but it’s not known precisely how many customers completed transactions during the period.

When reached, a Newegg spokesperson did not immediately comment.

Klijnsma called the incident “another well-disguised attack” that looked near-identical to the recent British Airways credit card breach. Like that breach, RiskIQ attributed the Newegg credit card theft to the Magecart group, a collective of hackers that carry out targeted attacks against vulnerable websites.

The code used in both skimming attacks was near identical, according to the research.

“The breach of Newegg shows the true extent of Magecart operators’ reach,” said Klijnsma. “These attacks are not confined to certain geolocations or specific industries—any organization that processes payments online is a target.”

Like previous card skimming campaigns, he said that the hackers “integrated with the victim’s payment system and blended with the infrastructure and stayed there as long as possible.”

Anyone who entered their credit card data during the period should immediately contact their banks.

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Report: Google Dragonfly links phone numbers to search results


Google isn’t doing a very good job of not being evil at the moment. That’s mainly due to the revelation back in August it was developing a censored search engine for China called Dragonfly. But it turns out Dragonfly isn’t just censored, it makes tracking individuals much easier for the Chinese government.

Dragonfly is just a prototype at the moment, but one that has caused ethical concerns, employee protests, and even one of Google’s senior research scientists to resign. If launched, it would adopt the Chinese government’s censorship rules and remove search results that used terms deemed unfit for public consumption. It doesn’t stop there, though. Read more…

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7 Of The Best Apple CarPlay Apps

An increasing number of new cars come with Apple CarPlay. It’s a neat extra if you’re an iPhone owner, allowing you to hook up your phone to your car, and glean a few new features from it. Here are our favorite third-party CarPlay apps.

Our exploration of third-party apps shouldn’t be taken to mean that preinstalled stock apps are rubbish. Apps like Messages, Podcasts, and iBook Audiobooks work pretty well on CarPlay. They’re fine, but there are definitely better options out there if you want a little more oomph to your app usage in the car.

Heads up though—for now, you can’t use third party navigation apps. You’re stuck with Apple Maps but that’s set to change with iOS 12. Finally, Apple will allow you to use Google Maps, Waze, and other navigation apps through CarPlay. For now though, we solely focus on other useful CarPlay apps.

WhatsApp (Free)

One of the biggest messaging apps out there, WhatsApp is kind of a big deal for many of us. A real-time messaging service, you can use it to quickly send photos, videos, links, voice messages, or mostly anything you want to loved ones and friends. It’s a useful app for sure.

Popularity aside, where WhatsApp stands out here is it’s currently the only third-party messaging app available for the CarPlay. It functions a lot like the Messages app so it’s straightforward to use, with familiar functionality like Siri reading your messages aloud. You can also use the voice assistant to respond to messages. The only downside is you can’t scroll through lists of conversations but that’s a small issue (and you should save the scrolling for when you’re safely parked anyhow).


iHeartRadio (Free)

Want to listen to the exact radio station you want to hear, even if you’re not close enough to pick it up with the antenna in your car? iHeartRadio is the solution for you. Through the CarPlay app, it’s possible to browse thousands of radio stations from around the world. You can browse according to what you’re in the mood for, with music, news, sports, talk and comedy all options.

It’s also possible to stream podcasts through the service, or listen to hand-curated playlists to discover something new. There’s no risk of boredeom on long journeys with this kind of choice at your fingertips.


Spotify (Free)

Sure, Apple Music is good but, well, Spotify is better. It’s available for CarPlay too and particularly ideal if you already listen to it a lot at home. Simply search for any track, artist or album and you can listen for free. No matter how obscure you get, Spotify almost certainly has it.

The basic app is entirely free but it’s ad-supported. It’s worth subscribing to the Premium service as you can listen offline as well as avoid those pesky ads. Regardless of what you do, this will be a firm favorite in your car.


Audible ($15/Month)

For those times you don’t want to listen to music, Audible is a great alternative. The Amazon-owned audiobook service offers thousands upon thousands of different audiobooks to listen to. The selection encompasses every genre imaginable, with Audible also providing original audio shows and top stories from the likes of The New York Times and The Washington Post.

If you want to keep informed, or simply be entertained on your journey, this is a great place to start. Just bear in mind that you will have to pay for the service. The app and the first book is free, but beyond that it’s $15 a month.


Overcast (Free)

The stock Podcast app isn’t so great. It works, sure, but it’s far too minimalist to be particularly useful. Download Overcast instead. It looks simple but it packs some very useful features. Features that, importantly, extend to the CarPlay version.

The app offers you the option to create custom playlists with smart filters and per podcast priorities, so that it quickly learns your tastes. It’s possible to add single episodes rather than commit to an entire new show. You can adjust playback speed too, and use Smart Speed which automatically speeds things up to a level that doesn’t distort the conversation but lets you enjoy more podcasts in less time. It’s like Podcasts but so much better.


NPR One (Free)

Want to catch up with news rather than an audiobook or music playlist? NPR One provides public radio news, podcasts, and other interesting stories. If you’re keen to learn more about the area around you, this is a good source.

Our favorite app feature is the personalization. NPR One personalizes your experience gradually, offering up the top news of the day but also stories that it feels particularly match with your interests. If you travel regularly, and you want to keep up to date and engaged with the world, this is a good app to use.


Radio Disney (Free)

Got the kids in the car? Stick Radio Disney on and you’ll be sure to win them over. You may go insane too but it’s worth it, right? The app offers unlimited streaming of music from ‘your’ favorite Disney artists. That means a heart mix of pop and country music from the likes of Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Zendaya, and numerous others.

Sure, it’s not to everyone’s taste but it is a neat alternative to looking up relevant Spotify playlists, and it’s a good way to keep the kids happy while on a long trip.



Walmart relaunches with same-day grocery delivery in NYC

jet-ed.jpgWalmart purchased back in 2016, a move likely aimed at helping the retailer compete with rival Amazon. Now, Walmart has relaunched the site with new features. Going forward, will now cater more towards city dwellers, and the site’s im…


Facebook’s ‘Rosetta’ AI can extract text from a billion images daily

dims?crop=8000%2C4970%2C0%2C0&quality=85People online tend to communicate not just with words, but also with images. For a platform like Facebook with over 2 billion monthly active users, that means a plethora of images gets posted every day, including memes. In order to include images wit…


Apple’s September 12, 2018 event: What we expect to be “gathering round” for

A vaguely ominous invitation to an Apple event.

Enlarge / The invitation Apple sent to members of the press. (credit: Apple)

On September 12, 2018, Apple will hold its second major event at the Steve Jobs Theater at the company’s new Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. An invitation was sent out to press and other invitees with the above image and the words “gather round.” This is an allusion to Apple Park, which shares that shape. But there might be more to it.

In any case, we expect the event to focus primarily on iPhones and the Apple Watch, just like the event on the same day in the same room last year, when Apple announced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, and Apple Watch series 3. We’ll dive deep on each possible product announcement momentarily, but first let’s talk about Apple’s general focus and strategy right now.

While last year’s iPhones have outperformed the rest of the smartphone industry, smartphone sales are not growing like they used to. A number of factors are behind this, market saturation being a major one. Apple has generally found the most success in the past by diving into developing-product categories and refining them; that’s what the company did with the iPod, iPad, iPhone, Watch, and AirPods.

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Is Your iPhone 8 Crashing Constantly? You Might Need This Free Repair

Is your iPhone 8 restarting unexpectedly, freezing, or not turning on? You might have a faulty logic board, and if so Apple will replace it for free.


Become a gaming pro with these online courses


Every gamer wants to be a good gamer, but for some reason it comes much easier for certain people than it does for others.

A stubborn losing streak can be down to a number of details. Maybe your tactics aren’t quite right, or maybe your knowledge of a game’s inner workings isn’t up to scratch? Either way, a lack of natural gaming talent should not to be standing in your way.

This is because — however bad your natural gaming instincts are — you can still be taught the art of good gaming. 

There are a number of onlines courses for both the struggling, and those looking to take their gaming to the next level. These courses aim to improve players’ game sense, mechanics, communication, strategies, and overall best practices for competitive play.  Read more…

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