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9to5Mac Daily: April 19, 2019

9to5Mac - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 15:11

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LG UltraFine 4K Display currently not sold on Apple․com, stock still available elsewhere

9to5Mac - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 15:07

Apple has today removed its online store listing for the 21.5-inch LG UltraFine 4K Display. This is the smaller and more affordable USB-C display option at $700 compared to the 27-inch 5K version of the monitor which sells for $1,300.

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Lionsgate’s former executive Danielle DePalma to oversee Apple’s film and TV series marketing

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:55

Lionsgate's Danielle DePalma is now Apple's now Senior Film and TV Series Marketing executive tasked with pushing the upcoming Apple TV+ service.
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Google Will Begin To Block Sign-ins From Embedded Browser Frameworks in June

Slashdot - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:42
To fight phishing, Google last year announced it would require users to enable JavaScript during Google Account sign-in so that it could run attack-detecting risk assessments, and this week, the company said it'll begin to block all sign-ins from embedded browser frameworks like Chromium Embedded Framework starting in June. From a report: For the uninitiated, embedded browser frameworks enable developers to add basic web browsing functionality to their apps, and to use web languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to create those apps' interface (or portions of it). They're typically cross-platform -- Chromium Embedded Framework runs on Linux, Windows, and macOS -- and they support a range of language bindings. With the change, Google is specifically targeting man in the middle (MITM) attacks, which it says are particularly difficult to spot from automation platforms like embedded browser frameworks.

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Logitech Slim Folio Pro review – bulky, but great for typists [Video]

9to5Mac - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:32

The Logitech Slim Folio Pro for the 2018 iPad Pro is a product designed for iPad users whose workflow is primarily focused on typing. It features an excellent keyboard, along with key features like highly-tactile keys and backlighting to enhance the typing experience.

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6 simple ways to open Terminal on Mac

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:30

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If you’re new to Terminal and want to start using it, you have to know where it is and how to open it. Here’s six ways to open Terminal on Mac.
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Notre Dame Official Says 'Computer Glitch' Could Be Fire Culprit

Slashdot - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:01
A "computer glitch" may have been behind the fast-spreading fire that ravaged Notre Dame, Associated Press reported Friday, citing the cathedral's rector. From the report: Speaking during a meeting of local business owners, rector Patrick Chauvet did not elaborate on the exact nature of the glitch, adding that "we may find out what happened in two or three months." On Thursday, Paris police investigators said they think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire. French newspaper Le Parisien has reported that a fire alarm went off at Notre Dame shortly after 6 p.m. Monday but a computer bug showed the fire's location in the wrong place. The paper reported the flames may have started at the bottom of the cathedral's giant spire and may have been caused by an electrical problem in an elevator. Chauvet said there were fire alarms throughout the building, which he described as "well protected."

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Microsoft Debuts Bosque, a New Programming Language With No Loops, Inspired by TypeScript

Slashdot - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 13:24
Microsoft has introduced a new open source programming language called Bosque that aspires to be simple and easy to understand by embracing algebraic operations and shunning techniques that create complexity. From a report: Bosque was inspired by the syntax and types of TypeScript and the semantics of ML and Node/JavaScript. It's the brainchild of Microsoft computer scientist Mark Marron, who describes the language as an effort to move beyond the structured programming model that became popular in the 1970s. The structured programming paradigm, in which flow control is managed with loops, conditionals, and subroutines, became popular after a 1968 paper titled "Go To Statement Considered Harmful" by computer scientist Edsger Dijkstra. Marron believes we can do better by getting rid of sources of complexity like loops, mutable state, and reference equality. The result is Bosque, which represents a programming paradigm that Marron, in a paper he wrote, calls "regularized programming."

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Millions of Rehab Records Exposed on Unsecured Database

Slashdot - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:44
Records for potentially tens of thousands of patients seeking treatment at several addiction rehabilitation centers were exposed in an unsecured online database, an independent researcher revealed Friday. From a report: The 4.91 million documents included patients' names, as well as details of the treatments they received, according to Justin Paine, the researcher. Each patient had multiple records in the database, and Paine estimates that the records may cover about 145,000 patients. Paine notified the main treatment center, as well as the website hosting company, when he discovered the database. The data has since been made unavailable to the public. Paine found the data by typing keywords into the Shodan search engine that indexes servers and other devices that connect to the internet. "Given the stigma that surrounds addiction this is almost certainly not information the patients want easily accessible," Paine said in a blog post that he shared with CNET ahead of publication. Paine hunts for unsecured databases in his free time. His day job is head of trust and safety at web security company Cloudflare. The find is the latest example of a widespread problem: Any organization can easily store customer data on cloud-based services now, but few have the expertise to set them up securely. As a result, countless unsecured databases sit online and can be found by anyone with a few search skills. Many of those databases are full of sensitive personal data.

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Should iPhone owners envy Samsung’s Galaxy Fold? Video reveals many issues beyond screen damage

9to5Mac - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:06

When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Fold I was admittedly jealous as an iPhone user, and I wasn’t alone. The device has created lots of interest in foldable smartphones, with many dreaming about when Apple might offer a similar device. However, now that reviews are landing for Samsung’s almost $2,000 bleeding-edge tech, the device isn’t looking very appealing. Beyond the displays of multiple review units having already failed, there are a host of other problems with the Galaxy Fold. Are they enough to dissipate the envy of iPhone owners?

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Pwn20wnd considers refining Substitute for the unc0ver jailbreak

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:01

Pwn20wnd advised the community after a Tweetstorm from Saurik that he would attempt to make Substrate feasible for unc0ver for A12(X) device users.
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Windows 8 Will No Longer Get App Updates After This Summer

Slashdot - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:01
An anonymous reader shares a report: Last year, Microsoft announced when it would be killing app updates and distribution in the Windows Store for Windows Phone 8.x and Windows 8.x. At the time, the blog post stated that Windows Phone 8.x devices would stop receiving app updates after July 1, 2019, while Windows 8.x devices would get app updates through July 1, 2023. However, it seems as though plans have changed a little bit, as the blog post has quietly been updated earlier this month. Microsoft has changed the wording in the post to state that Windows 8 devices will stop getting updates for their apps at the same time as Windows Phone 8.x, that is, July 1 of this year. Windows 8.1 devices will continue to receive updates through the previously announced date in 2023.

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Apple’s newly appointed retail boss Deirdre O’Brien joins Instagram to detail her world tour of company stores

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 11:46

Instagram has verified O'Brien's account. Her bio reads as follows: "Leader of retail and people at @apple. Thinking different since 1988."
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HDD Shipments Fell Nearly 13% in the First Quarter of 2019, 18% Since Last Year

Slashdot - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 11:20
Suren Enfiajyan writes: HDD shipments are continuing to decline. This is about all major HDD vendors with WDC with the most decline yearly -- 26.1% against 11.3% (Toshiba) and 14.4% (Seagate). Desktop HDD shipments are said to have fallen to just 24.5 million units, a drop of nearly 4 million units from the previous quarter. Laptop HDD shipments dropped more than 6 million units to hit the 37 million mark. Enterprise HDDs are said to have rebounded by nearly 1 million units, however, to around 11.5 million hard drives purchased in the quarter. Business customers essentially picked up the slack left by consumers. These shipments were likely affected by many factors. But there's also the simple fact that most people want SSDs instead of HDDs for most of their devices. Nobody wants to wait for their system to boot, their files to load, or their apps to finish routine tasks.

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Saurik to jailbreak community on A12(X) Cydia Substrate ETAs: ‘Knock it off’

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 11:17

Saurik took to Twitter Friday morning to describe the circumstances surrounding Cydia Substrate for A12(X) devices. And from what we can tell, he's not very happy.
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Also coming to macOS 10.15: Shortcuts, Screen Time, iMessage effects & other iOS features

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 11:04

Shortcuts, Screen Time, iMessage effects, streamlined Apple ID management and other iOS features are coming to your Mac soon.
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Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time, and other iOS features coming to the Mac with 10.15

9to5Mac - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 10:48

Apple is working on bringing the Mac and iOS closer together with the introduction of macOS 10.15 and iOS 13. Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time, and more are expected to be unveiled for Mac during its Worldwide Developers conference in June.

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The Quest To Save the Banana From Extinction

Slashdot - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 10:40
Panama disease, an infection that ravages banana plants, has been sweeping across Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. The impact has been devastating. From a report: In the Philippines alone, losses have totalled US$400m. And the disease threatens not only the livelihoods of everyone in this US$44 billion industry but also the 400m people in developing countries who depend on bananas for a substantial proportion of their calorie intake. However, there may be hope. In an attempt to save the banana and the industry that produces it, scientists are in a race to create a new plant resistant to Panama disease. But perhaps this crisis is a warning that we are growing our food in an unsustainable way and we will need to look to more radical changes for a permanent solution.

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Netflix is testing a shuffle feature

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 10:32

Selecting a show to watch is a pain in the you-know-what. A new option currently being tested with a small subset of users promises to play a TV show episode completely randomly.
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