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Digital photography is growing exponentially since the first smartphones started coming with cameras built in. This has been a welcomed addition into our lives and have helped us keep in touch with each other much netter, share experiences and document memories extraordinarily well (while saving a huge amount of money compared to traditional film processing). Unfortunately despite all the gains, there is one dark side to digital photography, EXIF Metadata. Continue reading Make Photos private from government snoops -remove metadata
The Guardian reports that a security researcher discovered that WhatsApp’s app has a frightening security flaw in the form of a back door that allows Facebook (the owner of WhatsApp) the ability to read any message sent to or from anyone in the WhatsApp network. Previously though to be secure because the company claimed that they offered “end to end” security because it was based on a software platform called “Signal”. This claim caused numerous human rights activists to use WhatsApps, under the mistake belief that they were safe from being executed or tortured by hostile governments. Unfortunately it appears that Facebook complies with any request from any government agency to access anyone’s private conversations. It further appears that Continue reading WhatsApp is insecure, betrays user trust
Antennagate was bad enough. Consumer Reports back in 2010 accused Apple of producing the iPhone 4 with an inferior antenna which would weaken the signal if you put you hand around the phone. After much fanfare and too many independent tests, it turned out that all cell phones will suffer a weakened signal if you hold the phone with a death grip right along the side with the antenna. Continue reading Consumer Reports kerfuffle disses Apple, again!
Samsung has been trying to release a software update to make the dangerously explosive Galaxy Note 7 models to not be able to charge themselves, forcing owners to take them back to the store for replacement with a less dangerous model. Samsung has had its reputation destroyed by selling to the public several products (including phones, tablets and washing machines) that spontaneously caught fire, caught several cars and homes on fire, not to mention how many people had their skin burned badly by these low quality products. The attempt to force all those defective products shut themselves down almost makes sense but Verizon called them out on their insanity Continue reading Samsung trying to Brick Galaxy Note 7 to prevent more fires
Consumers posting reviews illuminating the shortcomings of business providing public goods or services panicked when KlearGear went after Jen Palmer for posting a negative review against the company, Including somewhere in the contract that Jen had signed was a clause prohibiting Jen from disclosing anything negative about the company. Jen had to suffer through a battle with the collection agency that KlearGear engaged to harass Ms Palmer to extort $3,500 from her and to threaten her credit. Fortunately
Continue reading Online reviewers now free to diss inferior businesses
We all feel concerned about criminal and government intrusion into our lives, especially when they are one and the same thing, as has happened too often, so when someone claims to offer a solution its natural that our interest is piqued and we investigate further in hopes of finding that one true solution that will set us free and completely protect our privacy. That is exactly what happened today when I stumbled upon Purism and its line of Librem laptops. Continue reading Purism, is it the answer to online privacy?
Tim Cook, Apple
Apple released an all new MacBook Pro this week to much fanfare and a bit of controversy, so here in a nutshell is a quick review of all the new details. Overall its an excellent new design, not only for the Touchbar that I predict will be copied by most if not all laptop manufacturers, over time. There have been other alternative input methods offered by other laptop manufacturers but none have caught on and certainly none have made headline news like Apple has with its new Touchbar. Its a brilliant way to give you context specific touch input depending on which app route currently using and its not limited to just be a set of programmable function keys, since Apple has gotten rid of the ancient function keys altogether. Continue reading Late 2016 MacBook Pro in a nutshell [Updated]
For years each time I’ve heard so called IT experts mouth off that Linux is “completely” secure or something similar to that, I cringe. By definition something that is open source to the extent that Linux is, simply cannot be secure because its a volunteer effort, with volunteer supplying code to the public, which is a great and noble theory but in reality, the people that donate code only donate the pieces they need to use themselves. What happens is that critical security vulnerabilities (as well as many desired features) go completely overlooked. Continue reading Linux is insecure: 9 year old security flaw just discovered
In an unprecedented and unexpected move, Samsung has issued orders to it sales channel to stop selling the Galaxy Note 7 phones and at the same time has told owners to turn their Note 7’s off and not use them because of the continuing flood of reports of Galaxy Note 7 phones catching fire or exploding.. This is back to square one for Samsung since their recall was ineffective (replacement units have also caught fire) but Samsung has not addressed the burning question o the hour. Continue reading Samsung orders owners to shut down Galaxy Note 7 phones
Google Don’t Be Evil
In a head to head benchmark test, Googles brand new Pixel and Pixel XL mobile phones are embarrassingly trounced by Apple’s current iPhone 7. To make it worse, the Google Pixel is also beat badly by the two year old iPhone 6 that was replaced by the iPhone 7, and even more embarrassing is that in single thread mode the 4 year old technology in the iPhone SE also beat the brand new Google Pixel. Normally I would ignore this kind of news but Google went out of its way to attack Apple’s industry leading, innovative, smartphones in a mudslinging ad campaign so its only fair to show the reality of how poor the Google Pixel really is. Continue reading Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL phones puny in comparison to iPhone 7