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.

VentureBeat story details some scary figures about Interet-connected devices and the inherent security flaws they present.

Google arrived at CES ready to take on Amazon’s Voice Services.

Hyundai’s Elevate vehicle is a concept car wherein each of the four tires are attached to “legs” that can extend.

Apple made a CES appearance of sorts this year.

A Promobot V4 was struck by a Tesla Model S on January 6th…and both machines were in autonomous mode.

Quartz gives us a write up summarizing who “won” CES…no one.

RAZRv4 Concept video.

Google are partnering with WordPress developer Automattic on a new news publishing platform.

Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese, is now heading up X2 Games.

WIRED’s Kate O’neill wrote up an interesting article about Facebook’s “10-year Challenge”.

Netflix is raising prices again.

The number of American families getting their TV over the air has climbed 50% between May of 2010 and May of 2018.

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A letter from Apple CEO Tim Cook revised Apple’s Q1’19 revenue projections for the quarter ending in December.

Netflix found a way to circumvent Apple’s 30% commission on subscriptions initiated through the iOS app.

Google’s subsidary Wing has begun delivery services in Autralia, delivering consumer products and delivery food by drone.

Amazon announced they shipped more items in 2018 than any previous year.

Mark Zuckerberg posted a long essay on all the changes Facebook has gone through in the past year.

You’d have to pay the average Faebook user more than $1,000 to deactivate their account for one year.

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Google released a policy letter promising “more transparency”, “better care and support.”

Chrome 71 will give site owners a 30-day grace period to clean up their act if they are reported for abusive ads.

Amazon has finally chosen it’s location for “HQ2”, its second US Headquarters.

Amazon employees sent an open letter urging the company not to sell the software to law or border enforcement agencies.

Microsoft President Brad Smith spoke about the need for regulation of facial recognition software.

Samsung mythological ‘folding screen phone’ is real!

Owen JJ Stone aka @OhDoctah and Anthony Lemos aka @ethancaine.

People are getting their hands on the new Mac mini and MacBook Air models announced last week.

The new iPad Pro is showing significant upgrade, with Geekbench score nearly double those of the original iPad Pro and rivaling the 2018 MacBook Pro i7s.

Apple will stop announcing iPhone sales numbers, resorting to revenue-only reporting.

Google employees walked out this week in a world-wide protest against Google’s treatment of women and lack of accountability for sexual harassment claims.

A Pew Research report indicates Americans are changing their Facebook usage en masse.

Business Insider ran a pair of fake ads on Facebook for days before being taken down.

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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.

We start off with a Google confirmation briefing…it’s not an announcement because literally everything was leaked.

Google Strobe is a quote “root-and-branch review of third-party developer access to Google account and Android device data and of our philosophy around apps’ data access”. Today, they announced four findings and the corrective actions they plan to take.

Amazon has decided to shut down a recruiting AI designed to assist in sorting through job applications.

Not to be so easily dismissed, Facebook is getting into the smart screen market with two hardware announcements; the $199 Portal allows voice and video calling through its 10-inch screen and front-facing camera.

For those of you still using Adobe Flash Player, congratulations! You may have been helping hackers mine cryptocurrency.

 

 

We prepare a final farewell to Geocities which will be permanently shut down in March of 2019.

Apple is set to release it’s latest update to iOS in the coming weeks.

Apple has been known for its leakes and now Google apparently wants in on that action.

Speaking of events, Microsoft’s October 2nd Surface event came with few surprises:

On August 10th the FBI served a Columbus, Ohio resident with a search warrant for his phone.

Amazon announced this week that they will be raising the minimum wage of their employees to $15, with those already earning at least that much getting a pay bump as well.

Amazon will reportedly offset the costs of the higher wages by reducing or eliminating several incentive programs including attendance and productivity rewards and annual stock awards.

Google is turning 20– Easter eggs. Facebook Hacked, 50 Million Users Affected. Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information. Snapchat is letting users register to vote from its app. Tesla’s Musk pulled the plug on a settlement with the SEC at the last minute.