Apple Backs Down on Taking 30% Cut of Paid Online Events on Facebook
Facebook has temporarily shamed Apple out of taking a 30 percent cut of paid online events organized by small businesses and hosted on Facebook -- things like cooking classes, workout sessions, and happy hours. Demand for these kinds of online events has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic. From a report: Apple says that it has a longstanding policy that digital products must be purchased using Apple's in-app payments system -- and hence pay Apple's 30 percent tax. In contrast, companies sell...
Epic, Spotify, Tinder-Parent Firm Match, Tile and More Form Coalition To Take on Apple's App Store Rules
Best media streaming devices
Roku Streaming Stick vs. Amazon Fire Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV, and more. Which streaming device is best for cord cutters? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.
This is how police request customer data from Amazon
Anyone can access portions of a web portal, used by law enforcement to request customer data from Amazon, even though the portal is supposed to require a verified email address and password. Amazon’s law enforcement request portal allows police and federal agents to submit formal requests for customer data along with a legal order, like […]
This Week in Apps: Redesigning the iOS 14 home screen, app makers form ‘fairness’ coalition, latest on TikTok ban
Netflix reveals Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness anime made entirely in 3DCG
Netflix is gearing up to release a new anime series based on Capcom’s long-running and wildly popular Resident Evil universe. Called Infinite Darkness, the new Resident Evil series will come a few years after the previously released CG-based film Resident Evil: Vendetta. This time around, according to Netflix, it will use full 3DCG animation for the series. The term 3DCG … Continue reading
Is Your Pandemic-Fueled Cloud Migration Sustainable?
COVID-19 shoved enterprises into the cloud. While remote work is sustainable, emergency cloud strategies are not.
Bad boys bad boys, what you gonna do? Los Angeles Police Department found fibbing about facial recognition use
FYI: Mind how you go. We're more or less oblivious to 75% of junk in geosynchronous orbits around Earth
First they came for chess, then Go... and now, oh for crying out loud, AI systems can beat us at curling
Alphabet promises to no longer bung tens of millions of dollars to alleged sex pest execs who quit mid-probe
Error-bnb: Techies scramble to fix Airbnb website bug that let strangers read each others' account messages
IT guy whose job was to stop ex-staff running amok on the network is jailed for running amok on the network
Microsoft claims to love open source – this alleged leak of Windows XP code is probably not what it had in mind, tho
Brexit travel permits designed to avoid 7,000-lorry jams come January depend on software that won't be finished till April
First-world problems: The pumpkin spice latte is here, but the Starbucks loyalty card app has wiped my balance
Sweetheart tax deal appeal: European Commission takes €13bn Apple state aid claim to the EU's highest court
Looking for a new tech job? Just browsing? This week's list includes roles for devs, engineers, and Perl maestros
Globalfoundries announces new 22FDX+ platform
Globalfoundries has announced the next generation of its FDX platform, 22FDX+, designed to meet the ever-growing need for higher performance and ultra-low power requirements of connected devices.
A Stability Problem Is Brewing With Nvidia RTX 3080, 3090 GPUs
There are rumblings of issues on some RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 cards. The problem may be in how some vendors designed their power circuitry, but that hasn't been confirmed. The post A Stability Problem Is Brewing With Nvidia RTX 3080, 3090 GPUs appeared first on ExtremeTech .
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Government cybersecurity agency warns of Windows Server exploit
The federal government's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued a rare emergency directive to federal government agencies to roll out a Windows Server patch within days, an indication of the severity of the exploit. The directive was issued on September 18, and agencies were given four days to apply the security update. It demands that executive agencies take "immediate and emergency action" to patch CVE-2020-1472 , issued August 11. The vulnerability is in Microso...
We need to rethink social media before it's too late. We've accepted a Faustian bargain | Jeff Orlowski
A business model that alters the way we think, act, and live our lives has us heading toward dystopia When people envision technology overtaking society, many think of The Terminator and bulletproof robots. Or Big Brother in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four , a symbol of external, omnipotent oppression. But in all likelihood, dystopian technology will not strong-arm us. Instead, we’ll unwit...
Amazon Warns Xbox Series X Preorder Customers Their Consoles May Arrive Late
The retailer sent emails to those who scored Xbox Series X preorders, notifying them that the console may not reach them on release day.
Singapore Becomes First Country To Use Facial Verification For a National ID Service
"Singapore will be the first country in the world to use facial verification in its national identity scheme," reports the BBC: The biometric check will give Singaporeans secure access to both private and government services. The government's technology agency says it will be "fundamental" to the country's digital economy. It has been trialled with a bank and is now being rolled out nationwide. It not only identifies a person but ensures they are genuinely present. "You have to make sure that...
When AIops tools outsmart you
Our ability to augment technology with artificial intelligence and machine learning does not seem to have limits. We now have AI-powered analytics, smart Internet of Things, AI at the edge, and of course AIops tools. At their essence, AIops tools do smart automations. These include self-healing, proactive maintenance, even working with security and governance systems to coordinate actions, such as identifying a performance issue as a breach. We need to consider discovery as well, or the capab...
Intuitive Design? No Such Thing.
This article explores what intuitive design actually means, why it doesn’t make sense, how we can better approach design solutions, and what the future of interfaces might look like.
Apple brings the premium experience of its stores worldwide to customers in India with the launch of the Apple Store online.
The Right Chemistry: The development of vaccination
Edward Jenner met with opposition, but eventually the smallpox vaccine proved its mettle by eradicating the disease from the world.
Scientists May Have Found a Material for Building on Mars
Using simple chemistry, the organic polymer chitin can be transformed into a viable substance for creating tools and habitats on the Red Planet.
Can technology predict wildfires? New systems attempt to better forecast their spread
Remote weather stations, satellites and supercomputers have begun to show promise as a means of predicting the spread of wildfires.
How Ransomware Became A Nightmare For Tyler Technologies, Other Solution Providers
Here’s why ransomware operators began targeting solution providers and what caused some groups to forgo attacks against small MSPs in favor of hitting massive systems integrators like Tyler Technologies, Cognizant, Conduent and DXC Technology.
Judge plans to decide on TikTok U.S. app store ban by end of day
A U.S. judge in Washington said he plans to decide later on Sunday whether to block a Trump administration order banning Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google from offering Chinese-owned short video-sharing app TikTok for download.
TikTok fate in the balance as judge weighs app store ban
Lawyers for TikTok have pleaded with a U.S. judge to delay the Trump Administration’s ban of the video sharing program from app stores set to take effect at the end of Sunday
U.S. Judge Hears Arguments on Trump’s TikTok Ban
The government said a ban would address its national security concerns. But lawyers for its owner said a ban would be “no different from the government locking the doors to a public forum.”
'Attacking at speed': Army Project Convergence and breakthrough lightning-fast war
The U.S. military recently conducted a live-fire full combat replication with unmanned-to-unmanned teaming guiding attacks, small reconnaissance drones, satellites sending target coordinates to ground artillery and high-speed, AI-enabled “networked” warfare.
Good Samaritan awarded year of free, unlimited subway rides after helping police catch NYC train derailment suspect