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What does it take to use 1TB of Mac Pro RAM? Try 6,000+ Chrome tabs

9to5Mac - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 16:36

Chrome is known for being a fast and responsive browser and along with that, it’s also notorious for slurping up lots of your machine’s RAM. In a hilarious turn of events, Jonathan Morrison has seen Chrome running thousands of tabs on his Mac Pro eat up over 1.2TB of RAM.

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UK To Host Spyware Firm Accused of Aiding Human Rights Abuses

Slashdot - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 16:32
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The British government is helping a controversial Israeli spyware company to market its surveillance technologies at a secretive trade fair visited by repressive regimes, the Guardian can reveal. The government will host the NSO Group, which sells technology that has allegedly been used by autocratic regimes to spy on the private messages of journalists and human rights activists, at the closed Security and Policing trade fair in Hampshire next month. The NSO Group is due to be an exhibitor at the three-day fair, where police and security officials from abroad can browse commercial stalls selling surveillance and crowd-control equipment. Around 60 foreign delegations are typically hosted by the British government to the fair. In the last four years they have included countries whose human rights records have been criticized such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE, Oman, Qatar and Hong Kong. The identities of this year's delegations are not known as they are usually announced on the opening day of the fair. NSO has faced allegations that its technology is used to target human rights activists and reporters around the world. At least three UK residents are among those who are alleged to have been targeted using spyware sold by NSO. Among them is a prominent London-based satirist who is suing Saudi Arabia in the UK courts alleging that the Riyadh regime targeted him using malware developed by the firm. The closed Security and Policing trade fair will take place on March 3 at the Farnborough airport exhibition center.

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Apple Store and office closures in China due to coronavirus to extend a few more days than first expected

9to5Mac - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 16:13

We learned earlier this morning via an email to Apple employees affected by the store and office closures due to coronavirus that the re-opening date of February 10 would likely be pushed back. Now Apple has shared more details that the new plan is to open most stores and offices late next week (via Bloomberg).

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How to watch UFC 247 Jones vs Reyes on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, more

9to5Mac - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 16:01

UFC 247 Jones vs Reyes is set for the Toyota Center in Houston on Saturday, February 8th at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Follow along for how to watch the fight on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and more.

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Luxembourg Wants to Solve Congestion With Free Public Transport

Slashdot - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 15:50
Starting in March 2020, public transport in Luxembourg will be free of charge. Primarily a social measure, this policy will also be implemented to decrease congestion in the capital region. From a report: Luxembourg's public transportation system is already heavily subsidized as fares in the country are as low as $2.2 per two hours. Even so, the country has the highest car ownership per person in Europe. This is mainly because citizens and out-of-country commuters argue that Luxembourg's public transportation is more time consuming compared to driving. Additionally, its unique position between France, Belgium, and Germany, draws lots of commuters across its borders every day. Therefore, the investment and legislation for free public transportation will be complemented by improving the country's network, but also for raising the minimum wage, pension adjustments, and financial aid for higher education. For out-of-country commuters, a parallel policy will allow workers to deduct travel expenses from their annual tax bill. However, many citizens argue that the money spent on free transportation and modernising the system can be better spent on rent subsidies or social housing.

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Feature Request: Level up Sidecar with portrait orientation support for iPad

9to5Mac - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 15:38

Since late last year, I’ve been using Apple’s fantastic Sidecar feature that makes it a breeze to leverage my iPad Pro as a secondary display for my MacBook Pro. Overall, I’m having such a great experience that I’m using this setup and skipping an external display but there is one improvement that I’d really love to see come to Sidecar…

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The best USB-C hubs for your MacBook

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 15:25

A list of some of the best options when it comes to a portable USB-C hub for your MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro.
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Arlo Pro 3 Review: Robust features and sharp video make it an easy 2020 buy

9to5Mac - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 15:15

Arlo first unveiled its Pro 3 camera system back in September with a friendly price tag and promises of eventual HomeKit support. While Apple’s ecosystem has yet to be integrated, there’s still a lot to love about the latest from Arlo. A truly wireless design, various DVR options, and easy installs make it one of the best options on the market in 2020.

However, slow response times and quirky settings provide some challenging steps along the way to securing your home. Our Arlo Pro 3 review dives into all of the best features and notes a few areas of improvement that we hope to see this year.

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Ransomware Installs Gigabyte Driver To Kill Antivirus Products

Slashdot - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 15:10
A ransomware gang is installing vulnerable GIGABYTE drivers on computers it wants to infect. From a report: The purpose of these drivers is to allow the hackers to disable security products so their ransomware strain can encrypt files without being detected or stopped. This new novel technique has been spotted in two ransomware incidents so far, according to UK cybersecurity firm Sophos. In both cases, the ransomware was RobbinHood, a strain of "big-game" ransomware that's usually employed in targeted attacks against selected, high-value targets. In a report published late last night, Sophos described this new technique as follows: 1. Ransomware gang gets a foothold on a victim's network. 2. Hackers install legitimate Gigabyte kernel driver GDRV.SYS. 3. Hackers exploit a vulnerability in this legitimate driver to gain kernel access. 4. Attackers use the kernel access to temporarily disable the Windows OS driver signature enforcement. 5. Hackers install a malicious kernel driver named RBNL.SYS. 6. Attackers use this driver to disable or stop antivirus and other security products running on an infected host. 7. Hackers execute the RobbinHood ransomware and encrypt the victim's files

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Daily Deals: $5 Apple Watch bands, $135 Nest smart thermostat, and much more

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 15:05

Welcome to our Daily Deals column, where we round up the best tech deals from around the web. Here you’ll find discounts on everything from Apple products to accessories, video games and much more. But you better hurry, these prices won’t be around forever!
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Anatomy of a Rental Phishing Scam

Slashdot - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 14:30
Jeffrey Ladish writes: I was recently the (unsuccessful) target of a very well-crafted phishing scam. As part of a housing search a few weeks ago, I was trawling craigslist and zillow for rental opportunities in the SF bay area. I reached out to a beautiful looking rental place to inquire about a tour. Despite my experience as a security professional, I didn't realize this was a scam until about the third email! Below I will account the story in excessive detail including screenshots. [...] The phishing team -- and given the work involved and the level of polish I bet it was a team -- ran a pretty tight operation. Their English was perfect, their emails looked professional, and their phishing site looked identical the original Airbnb site. The email domain "engineers-hibernia-chevron [dot] ca" redirected to "hibernia [dot] ca" to add legitimacy for those who took the extra step of looking up the domain. I'm even more impressed by their subtle psychological tricks. Each step of the way, they left out information which required me to ask for something if I wanted to proceed. It's a lot easier to be on your guard when others are asking you for things. When you're the one doing the asking, it's even harder to say something when things look strange, because you may already feel like you're being a burden on their time. For the initial ad, they left out the phone number so I had to ask. After they told me I could look at their airbnb site, I had to ask for a link. Then, after they sent me to search on Airbnb's site, I had to ask for the link again! That was deliberately planned! Throughout these interactions, they mentioned there were other people looking, maintaining a plausible sense of urgency. Finally, using Airbnb as the phishing site was clever, because it gave the impression of a trusted middleman. I was genuinely thrown off at first, because I couldn't figure out how they were planning to steal my financial information. If they had just asked for bank or credit card information early on, their game would have been easy to spot.

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How to watch the first Apple News presidential debate on iPhone, iPad, Mac

9to5Mac - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 14:07

In a first, Apple News is presenting a presidential debate where the Democratic candidates will engage tonight, February 7th at St. Anselm College. Apple News is putting on the event as an official partner with ABC News and WMUR-TV. Follow along for how to watch the debate on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV, and more.

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France Fines Apple $27.4 Million For Slowing iPhone Software

Slashdot - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 13:50
French authorities on Friday said tech giant Apple has agreed to pay $27.4 million for failing to inform users that software updates to older iPhone models could slow down the device, according to French media. From a report: Le Parisien reported it was the highest fine for fraud ever imposed by the consumer watchdog. The crackdown comes two years after Apple admitted its iOS software slowed down the performance of older phones -- in particular, devices with shorter battery life.

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Picaso Lab’s new iPad Pro leather sleeve collection features an integrated kickstand

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 13:39

The design feels very familiar to Picaso's regular iPad Pro sleeve that we reviewed some time ago, but this additional perk gives it more utility besides keeping your tablet safe.
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Pwn20wnd touts progress on PAC-less tweak injection on iOS 13

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 13:12

Hacker and unc0ver lead developer Pwn20wnd said on Friday that he had managed to overcome at least one hurdle with tweak injection on iOS 13, a major step in making unc0ver compatible with Brandon Azad’s upcoming exploit.
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Apple’s retail stores in China may remain closed beyond February 10 due to coronavirus

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 13:10

Apple's Head of People, Deidre O'Brien, has informed employees that it is taking a cautious look at reopening some of its stores in China as it remains cautious of the coronavirus.
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US Appeals Court Will Not Reconsider Net Neutrality Repeal Ruling

Slashdot - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 13:10
A U.S. appeals court said late on Thursday it will not reconsider an October ruling that largely upheld the repeal of landmark net neutrality rules, rejecting requests by 15 U.S. states, and tech and advocacy groups. From a report: The Federal Communications Commission in December 2017 reversed Obama-era rules prohibiting internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking or throttling traffic, or offering paid fast lanes, a blow to large tech companies and consumer groups that had championed the level playing field of net neutrality. In orders issued Thursday, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia declined without comment to rehear the decision, as did the three-judge panel that issued the ruling in October. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who had proposed and championed the repeal, was pleased with the decision, a spokeswoman for him said. "The internet has remained free and open, consumers have been protected, speeds have increased, and more and more Americans have gotten access to broadband," she said.

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How to stop Apple notifications for announcements, special offers, Music, TV and more

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 13:00

Disable Apple News Annoucements iPhone

If you want to stop Apple news notifications you receive for product updates, new releases for Music or TV, or Apple announcements, here’s how.
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Makers of Basecamp Announce Email Product 'Hey', Open Invites

Slashdot - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 12:33
Makers of productivity suite Basecamp have announced Hey, an email product they plan to release this spring. Basecamp founder and CEO, Jason Fried shared the vision for what they are calling a much-improved approach to email in an open letter today on the Hey website: You started getting stuff you didn't want from people you didn't know. You lost control over who could reach you. You were forced to inherit other people's bad communication habits. Then an avalanche of automated emails amplified the clutter. And Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, Apple, and all the others just let it happen. Now email feels like a chore, rather than a joy. Something you fall behind on. Something you clear out, not cherish. Rather than delight in it, you deal with it. Your relationship with email changed, and you didn't have a say. So good news, the magic's still there. It's just obscured -- buried under a mess of modern day bad habits and neglect. Some from people, some from machines, a lot from email systems. It deserves a dust off. A renovation. Modernized for the way we email today. With HEY, we've done just that. It's a redo, a rethink, a simplified, potent reintroduction of email. A fresh start, the way it should be. For web, iOS, and Android. HEY is our love letter to email, and we're sending it to you.

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macOS 10.15.4 beta code boasts new references to AMD processors

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 12:08

Right now, Macs use Intel processors, but there is a growing suspicion that Apple is starting to make headway into making a change.... Read the rest of this post here "macOS 10.15.4 beta code boasts new references to AMD processors"...
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