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Google’s iOS and Android Apps Track and Store Location Data With Location History Disabled – Mac Rumors

August 17th, 2018 · No Comments

This should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone considering we are talking about Google here:

Source: Google’s iOS and Android Apps Track and Store Location Data With Location History Disabled – Mac Rumors

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The Beginning of the End of Twitter

August 17th, 2018 · No Comments

This is all about Twitter attempting to get people to use their own lousy Twitter client or web interface so that they can put ads and nonsense in front of your face and attempt to force you to read stuff you really couldn’t care to.

This is probably the beginning of the end of Twitter as they are struggling with no viable business model at all.

I always have and always will use a 3rd party app that allows me to use twitter in the way that I decide to use it and not the way that Twitter wants me to see their ads and irrelevant nonsense.

Fortunately most features still work with Tweetbot by Tapbots so I will continue to use it until it no longer works. When that happens I’m likely mostly done with twitter. I might use it to post but I certainly won’t be reading peoples posts.

Source: Twitter Explains API Changes to Employees as Limits for Third-Party Apps Go Live – Mac Rumors

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Would you wear this muzzle around the office for private calling? – CNET

May 25th, 2018 · No Comments

Perfect for all those worthless open office concepts:

Source: Would you wear this muzzle around the office for private calling? – CNET

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Dot-com bust Kozmo makes comeback as online warehouse delivery service | Food Dive

April 25th, 2018 · No Comments

Here we go again:

  • Kozmo.com, a website devoted to grocery delivery created during the dot.com frenzy of the 1990s, has found new life through Yummy.com, a grocer that operates six stores in the Los Angeles area and also does delivery. Yummy.com is relaunching Kozmo.com as a quasi-warehouse club, according to Digital Commerce 360.
  • The new Kozmo.com makes on-demand deliveries within two hours of an order being placed by using Yummy.com’s order fulfillment and delivery system. It is expected to be profitable from the start. Digital Commerce 360 said the relaunch will start by serving the Los Angeles metro area, but the company hopes to develop relationships with other retailers who might benefit from selling through the website. It plans to expand Kozmo.com by the end of 2018.
  • Kozmo.com sells items found in the grocery store, such as meat, packaged foods, produce, health and beauty products and alcohol. But unlike other warehouse clubs, it will not sell products in bulk packages. Instead, the business offers deals to customers who buy several regular-sized products.

Source: Dot-com bust Kozmo makes comeback as online warehouse delivery service | Food Dive

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Announcing 1.1.1.1: the fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service

April 3rd, 2018 · No Comments

Good to see Cloudflare announcing a privacy-first consumer DNS service.

Cloudflare’s mission is to help build a better Internet. We’re excited today to take another step toward that mission with the launch of 1.1.1.1 — the Internet’s fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service.

Source: Announcing 1.1.1.1: the fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service

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Apple Watch Had Record Year With Estimated 18M Shipments in 2017, Topped Entire Swiss Watch Industry Last Quarter – Mac Rumors

February 17th, 2018 · No Comments

So, are we still calling the Apple Watch a failure?

Interestingly, it appears that this growth has resulted in Apple Watch shipments coming in higher than all Swiss watch brands combined for the first time last quarter, according to IDC research director Francisco Jeronimo.‏ In other words, Apple is now the biggest watchmaker in the world.

Source: Apple Watch Had Record Year With Estimated 18M Shipments in 2017, Topped Entire Swiss Watch Industry Last Quarter – Mac Rumors

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A Simple Explanation of the Differences Between Meltdown and Spectre

January 4th, 2018 · No Comments

Explanation of the differences between Meltdown and Spectre:

Source: A Simple Explanation of the Differences Between Meltdown and Spectre

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‘Kernel memory leaking’ Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign • The Register

January 3rd, 2018 · No Comments

This seems to be a pretty significant flaw in Intel processors:

Source: ‘Kernel memory leaking’ Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign • The Register

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‘$300m in cryptocurrency’ accidentally lost forever due to bug | Technology | The Guardian

November 10th, 2017 · No Comments

Why I think we are NOT ready for cryptocurrency just yet. These kind of things are going to happen more often and are going to take down some currencies altogether. What will your virtual currency end up being worth: $0.

Source: ‘$300m in cryptocurrency’ accidentally lost forever due to bug | Technology | The Guardian

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BlackBerry CEO Promises To Try To Break Customers’ Encryption If The US Gov’t Asks Him To | Techdirt

October 30th, 2017 · No Comments

Just in case you were ever under the impression that BlackBerry was secure. I’ve always told people it isn’t as secure as they want you to believe:

Source: BlackBerry CEO Promises To Try To Break Customers’ Encryption If The US Gov’t Asks Him To | Techdirt

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