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Former Apple SVP Ron Johnson praises Apple’s proactive approach to closing retail stores

9to5Mac - 5 hours 4 min ago

Apple’s former SVP of retail Ron Johnson offered his insight on the future of shopping post-coronavirus in a new interview with Yahoo Finance. Johnson was instrumental in the early success of Apple Retail, working alongside Steve Jobs to take Apple Stores from risky concept to global success. He left Apple for JCPenney in 2011 and is now building the retail personalization startup Enjoy.


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Daily Deals: save big on Sonos smart speakers, Nomad iPhone accessories, and much more

iDownloadBlog - 5 hours 31 min ago

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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Moscow To Launch Mandatory Surveillance App To Track Residents In Coronavirus Lockdown

Slashdot - 5 hours 37 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: City authorities in Moscow are rolling out new digital "social monitoring" tools targeting the public, after what officials say were constant violations of the city's quarantine imposed this week to fight the spread of the new coronavirus. Under restrictions in place since Monday, most of the city's 12 million residents must remain indoors, barring a few exceptions -- like trips to the supermarket or pharmacy, taking out the trash or briefly walking the dog. But starting Thursday, Muscovites will have their movements tracked through a mandatory app required on their smartphones. Don't have one? The city says it will lend out devices. In addition, Moscow residents will be obligated to register for a government-issued QR code -- a small square matrix bar code containing personal data. What information the codes will hold isn't yet clear. But Russians must present it on their smartphones or carry a printout of their QR profiles to present to police, when requested. (City officials say they're also preparing to educate the public -- and elder Russians, in particular -- on what a QR code actually is.) The new tools will merge with existing street cameras and face recognition software to quickly identify residents who stray from their homes and/or quarantines, say authorities. President Putin also signed a bill into law on Wednesday that introduces criminal penalties for skipping quarantine and infecting others. They include fines and up to seven years in prison.

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Florida man Matt Gaetz says the Democratic Party wants vote by mail so Joe Biden can win

Daily Kos - 6 hours 17 min ago

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida is a sorry sack of week-old guano. The majority of his political career seems to consist of narcissistic, frequently racist, half-provocative, all-show-and-no-substance publicity stunts. The most realistic thing to happen to Rep. Gaetz in the past decade or so is he’s been able to skirt being punished substantially by our justice system, mostly because he’s a rich kid with good political connections to a corrupt Republican apparatus. Laura Ingraham is what happens when the troll under the bridge steals your soul in exchange for a bag of cheese doodles. So it is no surprise that when Rep. Matt Gaetz goes on Ingraham’s Fox News performance art piece of a show, the results are a special kind of fascism.

Ingraham decided to have Gaetz on her show to give his hot take on how the Democratic Party is using the COVID-19 pandemic and its far-reaching public health concerns to push vote-by-mail legislation for all 50 states. Figuring out a safe way for Americans to continue to participate in our democracy while protecting Americans from spreading the deadly virus sounds like corruption to Ingraham and Rep. Gaetz because … well … people might actually vote!

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Trump Issues Order Under Defense Production Act To Secure More Ventilators

Slashdot - 6 hours 23 min ago
President Trump moved to use the Defense Production Act, a Korean War-era national security mobilization law, to secure supplies companies need to make ventilators. From a report: "My order to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Homeland Security will help domestic manufacturers like General Electric, Hill-Rom, Medtronic, ResMed, Royal Philips, and Vyaire Medical secure the supplies they need to build ventilators needed to defeat the virus," Mr. Trump said in statement that accompanied his order. He praised the companies and other domestic manufacturers for ramping up production of the machines and said the order "will save lives by removing obstacles in the supply chain that threaten the rapid production of ventilators."

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New Apple support video references unannounced AirTags

iDownloadBlog - 6 hours 39 min ago

Apple has directly referenced the oft-rumored item-tracking accessory AirTags in a new support video.
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The Internet is Now Rife With Places Where You Can Organize Zoom-bombing Raids

Slashdot - 6 hours 50 min ago
The internet is rife with online communities where users can go and share Zoom conference codes and request that pranksters connect and hurl insults, play pornographic material, or make death threats against other participants -- in a practice called Zoom-bombing or a Zoom raid. From a report: ZDNet began tracking the tactic since mid-March when the term was first coined following a TechCrunch article. Ever since then, Zoom-bombing incidents have increased, as articles in major news outlets like the New York Times and the BBC have made the practice a favorite pastime for all the teenagers stuck in their homes during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantines. From a niche prank that started on a derelict Discord channel, Zoom-bombing has now spread to enormous proportions -- being so rampant these days that the FBI sent a nationwide alert last week, urging companies, schools, and universities to take steps to secure their Zoom channels. But as Zoom-bombing became more popular, more pranksters wanted to join on the fun, and more users wanted their friends' Zoom meetings disrupted. And as the old saying goes; where there's a demand, there's always a supply. Over the course of the past week, the number of places on the public internet where you can request a zoom raid from a gang of bored teenagers has exploded.

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Lunchtime Photo — Throwback Thursday

Kevin Drum - 6 hours 56 min ago

Today’s picture is a hazy day in summer in New York City. Our accompaniment is Simon and Garfunkel’s “Hazy Shade of Winter.”

June 28, 2009 — Central Park, New York City

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Apple references unreleased AirTag item trackers in new support video

9to5Mac - 7 hours 5 min ago

Apple has uploaded a new support video to its YouTube channel today, and hidden in the video is a mention of the upcoming AirTag item trackers. 9to5Mac first reported the AirTags marketing name for the accessory back in October. [Update: The video has been removed by Apple]


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Enjoy a light show with your Music on Mac using the Visualizer

iDownloadBlog - 7 hours 26 min ago

Mac Music Visualizer Track and FPS

Interested a cool way to watch your music while you listen? Check out the Music Visualizer on Mac for an awesome light show that moves with your music.
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Trump supposedly laments not being able to help undocumented workers as he also exploits them

Daily Kos - 7 hours 28 min ago

Impeached President Donald Trump faked some concern when a reporter pressed him during the White House’s propaganda briefing on Wednesday about the cruel exclusion of undocumented immigrants from stimulus aid, despite paying billions in taxes annually. Trump said, “What are you going to do? It's a tough thing … it's a very sad question, I must be honest with you.”

But reverting back to his true form, Trump told undocumented families to blame themselves, saying “they came in illegally,” and that “we have a lot of people who are citizens of our country that won’t be able to have jobs.” But who has neglected to sufficiently act in the face of this pandemic? Trump. And who has not only exploited undocumented workers at his businesses, but also lied about not being able to find U.S.-born workers in order to hire more foreign workers? You guessed it.

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EU Justice Chief Urges US Tech Giants To Halt Virus Clickbaits

Slashdot - 7 hours 33 min ago
EU justice chief Vera Jourova on Thursday criticised U.S. tech giants such as Google and Facebook for making money off coronavirus-related fake news instead of putting in more efforts to stop the deluge. From a report: With millions of people confined to their homes due to lockdowns to counter the spread of the virus, social media and online platforms have seen the volume of news on their sites and user traffic soared. That has in turn sparked alarm and criticism because of the flood of disinformation. Jourova, who last week held a conference call with Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla, said their efforts to date were inadequate. The companies last week told Jourova that they had removed large quantities of false and harmful content, the bulk of which related to health, and taken measures to remove ads related to protective equipment, such as masks, although there were still gaps. They also pledged to step up measures to increase users' access to authoritative sources of information.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Texas racist says coronavirus fears made him stab an Asian American family as they grocery shopped

Daily Kos - 7 hours 37 min ago

An incident used as an example in a report detailing the rise of xenophobia and crimes against Asian Americans as the novel coronavirus spreads across the country is being investigated as a possible hate crime. A report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has prompted law enforcement to warn individuals of an increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans, ABC News reported. The analysis report details an incident in Midland, Texas, in which a Texas man allegedly tried to kill an Asian American family at a Sam’s Club because of fear of the novel coronavirus.

The incident took place on March 14, when 19-year-old Sam’s Club employee Jose Gomez allegedly stabbed three Asian American family members, including a 2-year-old and a 6-year-old. His coworker, Zach Owen, intervened and was injured in the process of saving the family’s lives, police said. Gomez “indicated that he stabbed the family because he thought the family was Chinese, and infecting people with the coronavirus,” the FBI said in its report. In total, Gomez faces three counts of attempted capital murder, and one count of aggravated assault; he could also face hate crime charges, the FBI told BuzzFeed News on Wednesday.

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Seniors won't have to file tax returns for stimulus check, but some disabled and veterans will

Daily Kos - 7 hours 46 min ago

The Treasury Department has partially reversed their initial decision to throw up unnecessary bureaucratic hoops for seniors obtaining the $1,200 one-time stimulus payment. Originally the administration was going to require them, as well as disabled people on Supplemental Security Income and veterans receiving pensions, to file tax returns in order to get the check. They've relented following mass outrage, at least for seniors. But not for SSI recipients and veterans, unless they also receive Social Security.

"This is entirely unacceptable," Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works, said in a statement Thursday. "Our government has the tools to send these groups, who are among the poorest and most vulnerable in America, their benefits automatically. It must reverse this part of its misguided policy, as well, and prioritize these payments, too." Rep. Jan Schakowsky and her fellow House Democrats agree. They are calling on the Treasury to "IMMEDIATELY ensure all older Americans, can automatically get the stimulus checks they need to survive the #COVID19 crisis."

Sign the petition: Stimulus checks must not leave out disabled people and veterans.

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Following Mac flaw patches, Zoom fixes ‘malware-like’ macOS installer in latest update

9to5Mac - 8 hours 5 min ago

After writing an apology note earlier today, fixing two serious Mac flaws, and detailing a plan to improve its security, privacy, and transparency moving forward, Zoom has also fixed its “malware-like” installer with the latest macOS update.


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Scientists Are Now Saying That Coronavirus Can Be Spread By Breathing

Crooks and Liars - 8 hours 9 min ago

A terrifying new report by a panel of scientists states that "research shows coronavirus can be spread not just by sneezes or coughs, but also just by talking, or possibly even just breathing." If true, this would be a game changer - and not in a good way.

CNN is reporting that

The chairman of the committee, Dr. Harvey Fineberg, states: "While the current [coronavirus] specific research is limited, the results of available studies are consistent with aerosolization of virus from normal breathing."

Based off of these findings, Fineberg told CNN that he personally plans to wear a mask anytime he goes out to the grocery store. It sounds like we should all be doing the same, to be honest. Fineberg says he will not wear a surgical mask, and he is not encouraging anyone else to either, Rather, he said "I have a nice western-style bandana I might wear. Or I have a balaclava. I have some pretty nice options."

Dr. Fauci, the face of the White House's coronavirus task force, told CNN that the team is actively discussing the idea of making "broad use of masks" a recommendation to the general public. The problem? There are NO masks for anyone to buy. Hospitals and first responders don't even have enough masks. How is the public supposed to get a mask? Twitter had some ideas:

Easy to make mask using a scaft, 2 rubber bands or hair ties. And the best part? No sewing needed:

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Zoom patches ‘malware-like’ macOS installer with latest update

iDownloadBlog - 8 hours 11 min ago

Zoom is seeing a surge in popularity right now due to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, which is forcing a lot of work-from-home situations crop up.... Read the rest of this post here "Zoom patches ‘malware-like’ macOS installer with latest...
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Thank God for the Internet

Slashdot - 8 hours 17 min ago
Everything is so dark, but the internet -- for all its bad and broken parts -- is helping to keep us together in a way that has never happened before, writes Joshua Topolsky in an essay on Input Mag. Two excerpts from the essay: What the hell would we do right now without the internet? How would so many of us work, stay connected, stay informed, stay entertained? For all of its failings and flops, all of its breeches and blunders, the internet has become the digital town square that we always believed it could and should be. At a time when politicians and many corporations have exhibited the worst instincts, we're seeing some of the best of what humanity has to offer -- and we're seeing it because the internet exists. I was 12 the first time I logged onto whatever was called the internet then. There were no websites to speak of, not really. No ecommerce, no banner ads, no data tracking, no spyware. iPhones hadn't been invented yet; we called apps "programs"; and I had an EGA monitor on my PC (a whole 16 colors of range). But the first time I telnetted into a chatroom about raves, made new friends in Australia, or downloaded files to load into a music tracker, I felt the same elation that I feel now. This force, propelled by people, connected by copper and light, letting us make new connections. Connections we need now more than ever. We're here together, for how long we don't know. But we're not alone. Not anymore.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Security is heightened around Dr. Anthony Fauci after he becomes newest target of conservative ire

Daily Kos - 8 hours 18 min ago

Dr. Anthony Fauci has been the United States’ most visible expert during the COVID-19 pandemic, and one of the few (only?) voices during Donald Trump's now-daily briefings to continue to provide no-nonsense, factual information about the virus' spread—even when that information contradicted Trump's own pronouncements.

The Washington Post is reporting that Fauci is now facing "growing threats to his personal safety," and that the Department of Health and Human Services is now increasing security around Dr. Fauci in response.

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A fevered surge in gun sales fueled by coronavirus fears outpaces all previous spikes

Daily Kos - 8 hours 26 min ago

Toilet paper and hand sanitizer may have been on most panicked shoppers’ minds in March when the novel coronavirus pandemic first hit the United States. But as bare as those shelves might be, they have nothing on guns.

Doubtless inspired by the apocalyptic view of vacant streets across the nation, Americans rushed out to buy guns at an astonishing rate: Some 1.9 million guns were sold in March, trailing only the mad rush after the Sandy Hook shooting in January 2013 for sales in a single month.

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