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/

Porsche stepped up it advertising ahead of the launch of their all-electric Taycan, having driver Shea Holbrook take the sports car from 0 to 90 and back to 0 on the flight deck of the USS Hornet, covering just under 223 meters.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had his Twitter account hijacked by a group calling themselves Chuckling Squad. The attack was done using a “SIM Swap” attack where the user’s phone number is swapped to another device which can then be used to intercept a two-factor authentication SMS. This is essentially a carrier-level hack, and Jack Dorsey was just one of several such attacks on the AT&T network in recent weeks.

Dan Patterson of Tech Republic published an edited interview with Charity Wright, if that is her real name, on the inner workings of the Russian Dark Web, cybercrime, and the status of security around the world.

A story from BuzzFeed News broke down the relationship of Amazon and it’s last-mile delivery contractors. The report cites injuries, gross negligence, under- and unpaid wages, and even deaths resulting in service…all separated from Amazon by its contracting practices.

Sales reports from Mindfactory, one of the largest computer hardware retailers in Germany, show AMD’s 3rd generation Ryzen processors vastly outselling Intel’s latest chip about 3 to 1 with an overall 4 to 1 in processors in general. AMD has been outselling Intel for the past year with July and August’s market share jumping significantly with the release of these 3rd gen chips. Is Intel’s dominance finally over?

A new deepfake app called Zao has hit the streets in China. The app will place your face over an actors face in several movie clips using just a single photo of your face. While it clearly has it’s limitations, the app can only use pre-designated movie clips for example, it is definitely a sign that deepfake processing is getting better, faster, and more worrisome…and doing so very quickly.

The Nintendo Switch Lite is due in stores September 20th.

Anthony Levandowski has been indicted for stealing trade secrets from Google and giving them to Uber.

Manny Pacquiao is planning to launch the “Pac” cryptocurrency based in merchandise.

Google abandons the dessert names with the launch of Android 10.

Kerf is a wooden case for your oh-so-precious Apple Card to prevent scratches and discoloration.

I used to read people futures in a former life. That is the reason I’ve been prepping my kid for active shooters since she was about 5. It sounds weird that being said it sounded worse years ago. Now my friends and family think I’m a visionary. The little things matter and I hope more people stat to put stuff in the back of their minds. Something as simple as choosing seats at the movies. I personally don’t think its sad.. I think its preparation and give me a simple peace of mind!

A few weird stars lined up and had us talking about stalkers. We have watched a few shows recently where people are stalked. Some harmless and others more serious deadly situations. I really just like having these loose conversations about hard topics just to see where her head is at. We are laughing but we definitely know that stalking is a serious matter.

This week we are talking about parents being over the top in sports. Lebron James is under fire a little bit for getting to hyped and involved in his sons AAU basketball games. I see both sides of it and a lot of parents could do worse things then what LBJ is doing! At the end of the day he should be celebrated for loving his kids!

Light talk about Avengers End Game with SPOILERS. We also talk about depression lightly. Later on we will dive deep into it. But sometimes it’s important to dip your toe in the water with important topics. I use movies to talk about all kinds of topics and Thor was all Leiyah could think about walking out of EndGame. Leiyah is currently having a hard time with something we are aware of it and the cause behind it. This sadness is not depression but its also something I keep an eye on.

How do you deal with sadness or depression?

I took Leiyah on a road trip to visit some friends we haven’t seen in a while! We had a great drive up and back together. Spending time with good people and some outdoor activities is always a good thing! We also talk about go bags and survival. Be warned Leiyah is a SAVAGE!

Talking to the kid about her having a bad day at a wrestling match. We talk about that moment and how I/we handled it. Some tough love for sure.

Making sure we never get to low and bounce back from mistakes.

Talking about punishment I received as a child and what Leiyah currently goes thru as far as punishment. I learned a lot from how I was punished as a child. Leiyah learned the same lessons much faster than I did. I have no issue with spanking children. Of course there is a limit and line that shouldn’t be crossed. Lucky for me.. I only had to do it one time with my child.

Facebook is being sued by a group of plaintiffs alleging fraud pertaining to the view count of videos played on Facebook’s site and various apps.

Speaking of fakes on Facebook, Facebook product manager Antonia Woodford published a blog post entitled “The Hunt for False News”.

Now entering the Twitterverse, we have the story of Washington Post Jamal Khashoggi’s death this week at the Saudi Consulate in Turkey.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is speaking out against a Bloomberg report that Apple was the target of a hardware-based attack by the Chinese government.

Google plus is officially dead, to some folks’ relief…including Morgan Knutson who actually worked on it for 8 months.

Finally, we close this week with the passing of Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist, and Seattle sports team owner Paul Allen. The 65 year old died Monday from complications of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.