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Last week, Google’s Threat Analysis Group reported on an iPhone exploit that affected all versions of iOS 10 to 12. The exploit, which allowed for the extraction of passwords and personal data, was reportedly corrected by Apple within about a week. Now, according to the website The Verge, there seems to a spin war between Apple and Google on just how impactful the exploit was or could have been. https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/6/20853393/apple-iphone-ios-exploits-statement-security-google-false-impressions
The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia released a statement that there are “clinical similarities” in many cases that have hospitalized e-cigarette users, including three people that have died. While there has been no conclusionary findings, the CDC and FDA are working closely together on the cases and have analyzed as many as 120 samples from different states in relation to the sudden rash of illnesses. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2019/p0906-vaping-related-illness.html
Facebook Dating has arrived in the US. Owen, is this more Match.com or Tinder? https://www.wired.com/story/facebook-dating-in-the-us/
Samsung is attempting to launch its Galaxy Fold after a five month delay. The 7.3 inch folding phone was originally scheduled to in the spring but review units sent to media outlets experienced so many screen issues that Samsung pulled the launch and offered refunds for pre-orders. The $2000 phone is now available for pre-order once again. https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/04/samsungs-galaxy-fold-arrives-in-korea-september-6-us-in-coming-weeks/
Amazon announced a soundbar, a new FireTV Cube, and new FireTV editions for the UK and Germany. Bumped up specs, “local voice control”, and OLED screens…is Amazon going to eventually brand my entire house? https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/4/20849999/amazon-soundbar-nebula-fire-tv-cube-edition-new-announcements
Apple will be holding their annual September press event tomorrow and among the expected announcements are three new iPhones, an updated Apple Watch with sleep tracking, and a release date for the forthcoming Apple TV+ service. https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/05/what-to-expect-from-apples-september-10-iphone-event/
Apple will be live-streaming its event tomorrow on YouTube for the first time. https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/7/20854050/apple-iphone-11-event-youtube-stream
The Beto O’Rourke campaign is demanding that Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms remove disinformation after an alleged link between Beto and the Odessa shooter went viral last weekend. https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/6/20853447/facebook-twitter-google-beto-orourke-odessa-midland-texas-shooting-disinformation
The Department of Justice has requested Apple and Google release a list of users of the Obsidian 4 app, used for live streaming and calibrating gun scopes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2019/09/06/exclusive-feds-demand-apple-and-google-hand-over-names-of-10000-users-of-a-gun-scope-app/#7c179d712423
Papua New Guinea is one of many countries with minimal power grids seeing an uptick in personal solar devices used to charge cell phones. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesellsmoor/2019/09/08/mobile-phones-are-driving-a-solar-revolution-in-papua-new-guinea/#5e3873271a46
Boston played host to a Straight Pride parade over Labor Day weekend…and was quickly slammed on Twitter as the “oppressed majority” was heavily overshadowed by the 3-to-1 ratio of counter-protesters present. https://www.wired.com/story/internet-week-236/