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GOP Memo Criticizing FBI Surveillance is Released
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The controversial four-page memo created by Republican staffers on the House Intelligence Committee alleging abuse of surveillance authority by the Justice Department and FBI has been released Friday after being declassified by the president. The memo is unredacted. (Alternative link for the memo.) The Washington Post: The four-page, newly declassified memo written by the Republican […]

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Google joins “universal stylus” group, hopes for cross-device compatibility
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Enlarge / The Pixelbook Pen. (credit: Valentina Palladino) Google has joined the Universal Stylus Initiative (USI), a group of over 30 companies committed to supporting an “industry standard, non-proprietary, active stylus protocol.” The group was founded in 2015 with the idea that a single standard would allow consumers to buy an active stylus once and […]

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Report: Apple making fewer iPhone Xs due to weak demand
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Enlarge / The iPhone X’s front-facing camera and TrueDepth sensor, used for Face ID. (credit: Samuel Axon) Apple’s $1,000 iPhone X has apparently proven to be a hard sell for many. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Apple will cut its planned production of its flagship iPhone through March by half, from […]

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UK to fine critical organizations up to $24M if they fail to put in strong cyber security
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 As companies gear up to make themselves complaint with upcoming data protection regulations in Europe around GDPR, those doing business in Member States will also be facing another wave of requirements around cyber security, as part of the NIS Directive covering network and information security that must be put into place across Member States by […]

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iOS 11.3 will be about more than just performance throttling options; AR is the focus
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Enlarge / An augmented reality demo by Apple. (credit: Apple) Today, Apple released a developer preview of iOS 11.3 and previewed iOS 11.3 to the public with a blog post and a press event. As previously reported, some iteration of iOS 11.3 will include the ability to toggle the controversial performance throttling previously implemented to […]

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Samsung announces the Galaxy S9 launch, teases “reimagined” camera
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Enlarge (credit: Samsung) Samsung just sent out invites for the announcement of its next flagship smartphone. The Galaxy S9 will debut February 25 at Mobile World Congress. The show starts at 6pm CET (noon ET, 9am PT). The one piece of information the teaser gives us is that the camera is “reimagined.” This is most […]

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Net neutrality is bad? 1 million PornHub employees can’t be wrong. Oh, wait.
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Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai with his oversized coffee mug in November 2017. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg) WASHINGTON, DC—If Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai actually allowed the weight of public comments on the FCC’s proposed changes to network neutrality regulations to sway (or confirm) his position, he seems to have given more […]

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OnePlus got pwned, exposed up to 40,000 users to credit card fraud
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Enlarge / If you bought directly from OnePlus in the last two months or so, double-check your credit card statements. Earlier this week, numerous reports of credit card fraud started pouring in from OnePlus users. On the company’s forums, customers said that credit cards used to purchase a OnePlus smartphone recently were also seeing bogus […]

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Amazon Won't Say If It Hands Your Echo Data To the Government
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Zack Whittaker reports via ZDNet of how Amazon still won’t say whether or not it hands your Echo data to the government — three years after the Echo was first released. From the report: Amazon has a transparency problem. Three years ago, the retail giant became the last major tech company to reveal how many […]

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