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Contact tracing app downloads in Italy make good start, helped by Apple API

9to5Mac - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 09:40

Italy was one of the first countries to adopt the joint Apple/Google API for its coronavirus contact tracing app, and early signs are that this is helping reassure people. Immuni contact tracing app downloads hit more than 25% of those given access in the first ten days.

It had initially been feared that privacy concerns in Italy would limit adoption …

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What are Smart Addresses in Mac Mail and how do you use them?

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 09:00

How to use Smart Addresses in Mail Mac

Whether you’re new to Mac or just haven’t spent a lot of time with Mail, check out this handy feature. Here’s how to use Smart Addresses in Mac Mail.
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OpenZFS Removed Offensive Terminology From Its Code

Slashdot - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 09:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Wednesday evening, ZFS founding developer Matthew Ahrens submitted what should have been a simple, non-controversial pull request to the OpenZFS project: wherever possible without causing technical issues, the patch removed references to "slaves" and replaced them with "dependents." This patch in question doesn't change the way the code functions -- it simply changes variable names in a way that brings them in conformance with Linux upstream device-mapper terminology, in 48 total lines of code (42 removed and 48 added; with one comment block expanded slightly to be more descriptive). But this being the Internet, unfortunately, outraged naysayers descended on the pull request, and the comments were quickly closed to non-contributors. I first became aware of this as the moderator of the r/zfs subreddit where the overflow spilled once comments on the PR itself were no longer possible. "The horrible effects of human slavery continue to impact society," writes Ahrens in his pull request. "The casual use of the term 'slave' in computer software is an unnecessary reference to a painful human experience." Ahrens' pull request has been reviewed by fellow lead developers Brian Behlendorf and Ryan Moeller and merged into the OpenZFS project repository.

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How to create and customize footnotes and endnotes in Pages

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 08:30

Pages Insert Footnote or Endnote Mac

If a document you’re creating has references or citations, this tutorial shows you how to add foonotes and endnotes in Pages on iOS and Mac.
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Ten days after ‘wrong time,’ Activision releases Call of Duty: Mobile season 7

9to5Mac - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 08:23

Ten days after Activision said it was the wrong time to release Call of Duty: Mobile season 7, the company has now done so for both iOS and Android.

There had been mixed reactions to the earlier announcement…

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This tweak brings colorful gradients and more to iOS’ Messages app

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 08:00

Gradient Bubble Color brings novel colorization options to the Messages app and elsewhere in iOS, including a beautiful gradient option that brings several different colors to your chat bubbles.
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Huge Apple Maps update inc. real-time transit info in UK, Canada, more of US

9to5Mac - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 07:32

There’s been a huge Apple Maps update over the course of the past few weeks, with real-time transit information now available the whole of Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, and most of the UK (excludes Northern Ireland). It has also been made available in selected cities in Australia and China – as well as many more US cities and states.

There are also substantial expansions to Look Around, Nearby, Turn-by-turn Navigation, and Indoor Maps for airports …

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Customize system sounds on your jailbroken iPhone with CustomSounds13

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 07:30

If you're ready to start customizing system sounds on your jailbroken iPhone, then you should check out a new and free jailbreak tweak called CustomSounds13.
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Cydia updated to v1.1.35 with another crash fix relating to hardware keyboards

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 07:26

The Cydia package manager was updated to version 1.1.35 last night to fix yet another crash that could happen with hardware keyboards on iOS & iPadOS 13.5.
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UK Apple Stores will begin reopening June 15

9to5Mac - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 07:16

Apple will reopen a select number of its retail stores in the United Kingdom beginning June 15. All Apple Stores outside of Greater China closed on March 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and have been gradually reopening across the world since April.

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This tweak simplifies device connection switching for AirPods

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 07:00

With a new jailbreak tweak called AirpodPopupConnect, you can more easily switch the device that your AirPods or AirPods Pro are connected to.
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Twitch Streamers Receive a Flood of Music Copyright Claims For Old Clips

Slashdot - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 06:00
"It looks like Twitch streamers are the latest targets for coordinated DMCA attacks," writes Slashdot reader stikves. "What is more concerning is that these could potentially cripple their accounts." Engadget reports: The company has acknowledged (via Evening Standard) a "sudden influx" of DMCA takedown requests against streamers for allegedly violating music copyright in clips captured by viewers between 2017 and 2019. As each request potentially represents a strike against an account, this raises the threat of permanent bans for streamers who might get three strikes with relatively little warning -- and for clips they didn't even choose to create. The Amazon-owned service is recommending that broadcasters delete any affected clips. However, it's a very slow process. You can only delete a handful at a time, and popular streamers may have thousands of clips. Twitch said it was working to "make this [process] easier," but didn't elaborate how.

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Plastic Rain In Protected Areas of the United States

Slashdot - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 03:00
Writing today in the journal Science, researchers report a startling discovery: After collecting rainwater and air samples for 14 months, they calculated that over 1,000 metric tons of microplastic particles fall into 11 protected areas in the western U.S. each year. That's the equivalent of over 120 million plastic water bottles. Wired: To quantify just how bad the problem has become across the American West, the researchers used collectors in 11 national parks and protected areas, sampling both rain and air. Each had a "wet" bucket to collect rainwater, and a "dry" bucket to collect air. A sensor would detect rainfall and open up the "wet" bucket while closing the dry one. And vice versa when it's sunny out, so the dry bucket would collect microplastic particles carried on the wind while the wet bucket stayed shut. The researchers also modeled where each particular storm they collected rain from had originated, looking at the size of the cities it traveled through before dumping water, and microplastics, into the wet bucket. Overall, they found that a stunning 98 percent of samples collected over a year contained microplastic particles. On average, 4 percent of captured atmospheric particulates were actually synthetic polymers. The particles that fell in rain were larger than those deposited by wind -- lighter particles are more easily caught up in air currents. Microfibers, from sources like polyester clothing, made up 66 percent of the synthetic material in wet samples and 70 percent in dry samples. Plus, the team wasn't able to count clear or white particles and fibers with their equipment, so their tally is likely conservative.

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Zoom Confirms Beijing Asked It To Suspend Activists Over Tiananmen Square Meetings

Slashdot - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 23:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Axios: U.S. video conferencing company Zoom issued a statement on Thursday acknowledging that the Chinese government requested that it suspend the accounts of several U.S.- and Hong Kong-based Chinese activists for holding events commemorating the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Zoom claims that it only took action because the Chinese government informed the company that "this activity is illegal in China" and that meeting metadata showed "a significant number of mainland China participants." Zoom said it does not have the ability to block participants from a certain country, and so it made the decision to end some of the meetings and suspend the host accounts. Zoom said that it will no longer allow requests from the Chinese government to impact anyone outside of mainland China, and that it is working on technology that will allow it to remove or block participants based on geography. The statement indicates that Zoom is agreeing to China's demands to construct an in-company censorship apparatus to prevent mainland users from accessing sensitive meetings.

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Crypto Exchange Quadriga Was a Fraud and Founder Was Running Ponzi Scheme, Regulator Says

Slashdot - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 21:25
The Quadriga cryptocurrency exchange that saw millions of dollars disappear just as its founder died was a "fraud" and Ponzi scheme, according to the Ontario Securities Commission. CBC.ca reports: The regulator said Thursday that Vancouver-based Quadriga's late founder Gerald Cotten committed fraud by opening accounts under aliases and crediting himself with fictitious currency and crypto asset balances, which he traded with unsuspecting clients. Cotten, the OSC said in a new report, ran into a shortfall in assets available to satisfy client withdrawals when the price of the crypto assets changed. He started running a Ponzi scheme that covered the shortfall with other clients' deposits, the agency determined. "What happened at Quadriga was an old-fashioned fraud wrapped in modern technology," the OSC said. "Quadriga did not consider its business to involve securities trading and it did not register with any securities regulator. This lack of registration facilitated Cotten's ability to commit a large-scale fraud without detection. So did the absence of internal oversight over Cotten." On Thursday, the OSC attributed about $115 million of the $169 million clients lost to Cotten's "fraudulent" trading. Another $28 million was lost when Cotten used client assets on three external crypto asset trading platforms without authorization or disclosure. The OSC said he also misappropriated millions in client assets to fund his "lavish" lifestyle and because he was in sole control of the company ever since 2016, he "ran the business as he saw fit, with no proper system of internal oversight or controls or proper books and records." "Ernst & Young, Quadriga's bankruptcy trustee, was only able to recover $46 million in assets to pay out to clients," the report adds.

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Racist Magic: The Gathering Cards Banned, Removed From Database By Publisher

Slashdot - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 20:45
On Wednesday, Magic: The Gathering publisher Wizards of the Coast took unprecedented measures to remove racist cards from its game. Seven cards in all, dating back to 1994, are now banned from play. Their images will also being removed from the game's official online database. Polygon reports: "The events of the past weeks and the ongoing conversation about how we can better support people of color have caused us to examine ourselves, our actions, and our inactions," Wizards said in a statement. "We appreciate everyone helping us to recognize when we fall short. We should have been better, we can be better, and we will be better." The list of now-banned cards is: Invoke Prejudice, Cleanse, Stone-Throwing Devils, Pradesh Gypsies, Jihad, Imprison, and Crusade. One card in particular, Invoke Prejudice, was singled out. It shows a hooded executioner with a black axe. "If opponent casts a Summon spell that does not match the color of one of the creatures under your control, that spell is countered," says the card. It effectively kills off creatures that don't look like the creatures already on the table. Gatherer, the official online database of every Magic card ever published, displays the card at a web URL ending in "1488," numbers that are synonymous with white supremacy. All cards will be replaced online with a note that calls out their racist depictions, text, or a combination thereof.

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City of Knoxville Shuts Down Network After Ransomware Attack

Slashdot - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 20:02
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: The City of Knoxville, Tennessee, was forced to shut down its entire computer network following a ransomware attack that took place overnight and targeted the city's offices. Knoxville has a population of over 180,000, it's Tennessee's third-largest city after Nashville and Memphis, and it's also part of the Knoxville Metropolitan Statistical Area, with a reported population of almost 870,000 in 2015. Computers on Knoxville's network were encrypted overnight, with the attack being noticed by employees of the city's fire department around 4:30 AM, June 11, according to Chief Operations Officer David Brace. While the City of Knoxville official website was still down at the time this article was published, Knox County government computer operations have not been affected in the attack. [...] "No credit card information is stored by the City, so individuals who have made any online reservations of City facilities are not believed to be at risk," Knoxville spokesman Eric Vreeland told WBIR. The city reported the ransomware attack o the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and is currently working with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as part of an ongoing incident investigation. At the moment, the ransomware group responsible for this attack is still unknown.

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Facebook Brings Back Chris Cox, a Former Top Lieutenant To Zuckerberg

Slashdot - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 19:20
Facebook said on Thursday that Chris Cox, a former top executive, was returning to the company as chief product officer (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source. The New York Times reports: Mr. Cox had left the social network in March 2019 over disagreements with Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive. In coming back as chief product officer, Mr. Cox, 37, who was previously at the company for more than a decade, will again become one of the highest-ranking executives at Facebook. "Facebook and our products have never been more relevant to our future," Mr. Cox said in a statement to his Facebook page announcing his return. "It's the place I know best, it's a place I've helped to build, and it's the best place for me to roll up my sleeves and dig in to help." In his previous stint at Facebook, Mr. Cox also held the title of chief product officer. At the time, he was seen as a mitigating force to Mr. Zuckerberg internally, according to people who have worked with both executives, and was popular with many rank-and-file employees. Mr. Cox oversaw efforts around Facebook's main app and its other apps, including Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger. Last spring, Mr. Cox and Mr. Zuckerberg disagreed on the future of the apps, including a "unified messaging" project intended to connect Facebook's multiple apps. Mr. Zuckerberg wanted to tie the apps together more, while Mr. Cox was concerned about the difficulties of that effort. Mr. Cox later announced his departure.

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MIT Ends Elsevier Negotiations

Slashdot - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 18:40
New submitter gam shares an announcement from MIT: Standing by its commitment to provide equitable and open access to scholarship, MIT has ended negotiations with Elsevier for a new journals contract. Elsevier was not able to present a proposal that aligned with the principles of the MIT Framework for Publisher Contracts. Developed by the MIT Libraries in collaboration with the Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to MIT's Research and the Committee on the Library System in October 2019, the MIT Framework is grounded in the conviction that openly sharing research and educational materials is key to the Institute's mission of advancing knowledge and bringing that knowledge to bear on the world's greatest challenges. It affirms the overarching principle that control of scholarship and its dissemination should reside with scholars and their institutions, and aims to ensure that scholarly research outputs are openly and equitably available to the broadest possible audience, while also providing valued services to the MIT community. More than 100 institutions, ranging from multi-institution consortia to large research universities to liberal arts colleges, decided to endorse the MIT Framework in recognition of its potential to advance open scholarship and the public good. "We hope to be able to resume productive negotiations if and when Elsevier is able to provide a contract that reflects our community's needs and values and advances MIT's mission," said Chris Bourg, director of the MIT Libraries. "In the meantime, we will continue to use the framework to pursue new paths to achieving open access to knowledge..."

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Former Apple engineer Jim Keller resigns from executive role at Intel

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 18:30

Jim Keller is leaving Intel after working for the company since 2018. In a public memo, Intel says that Keller has resigned effective today due to personal reasons. He was a senior vice president and general manager of silicon engineering there, with a major role in designing chips.

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