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China Says US "Abusing Power" By Squeezing TikTok
"For us well, China said today the U. S is abusing national power by trying to ban TIC TAC. The video app of federal court in this country stepped in late yesterday to prevent an administration bid to ban it right away. Roger Chang of our tech partner scene that says it all comes his talks Go on to set up a U. S operation for TIC Tac Oracle. Wal Mart is supposed to take a 20% stake in the U. S based company called Tic Tac Global. There remains a lot of uncertainty. Whether not China's bite dance, the parent of Tic TAC will retain
Hacker Releases Information on Las Vegas-Area Students After Officials Don’t Pay Ransom
"Wall Street Journal reporting this morning that a hacker published documents containing Social security number student grades and other private information stolen from the Clark County school district after officials refused to ransom. Demanded in return for unlocking district computer servers Back on August 27 3 days after fall semester began online Certain files couldn't be open due to a virus later identified as ransom, where the Journal says the hacker's been gradually releasing increasingly sensitive information.
Deno versus TypeScript
"Well, let's get to the point. How does type script fit into dino? Won't types crew field into dino as more safe way to writer programs way to make things more certain on expected. So you know that when you write with tight script, your force to type everything. So you always know what you're getting so that kind of fail-proof typing is extremely useful for large shallow scripts software. We recently had to write something that was critical in with money. We went with dice grip approach to make things super stable and predictable. I like that that were predictable in script. You always know what you're getting into the Phoenix Dino can ward with type script natively, you can type refile Andino will parse it just like any other showers creep filing dino doesn't care about their whether it's types creep or chevette script. So they is that there are some issues that the team. Found with a script because they were using task for DNA core and also for the user facing Api the cold but they were finding that they compiling the type script cold was taking a long time and it was increasingly getting longer and longer but they. They've found most important was that they didn't have found that tie screed was helping the organizing the code because I one of the issues I mentioned that they ended up with two body classes in separate locations. Also. They were maintaining like two tie script compiler host one for Dina Co the core. And another for the external user code, but both had a similar purpose and go. In the end they decided to go back, just plain chevette script for the core there were still retain the user code will still be typed. Chequered will still run through the type script compiler but they ended up in working with Chavez. creeped on. Leave for. Dinner. Core. And how does the type script support within dino compared to that of node? Well as mentioned, you can write native dino native the Thai script and lauded on Dino. You can get all the definition of the types in India no riding for example, Dino space types you'll need to sit up anything for Deana to understand types. Quit you just ride your program, it doesn't need any compilation. Dino will just run your. File. Wow that's interesting. How is that possible? How can you run type script without first compiling it down? Well the competitor is already integrated on the inner. Oh interesting. So so it's happening. It's just your. You don't ever have to have the the output of the Java script file from type. Script. Expecting interesting.
With schools online, software to catch students cheating is big business
"Not only teaching. That's happening remotely for millions of students testing to and many colleges are using software to watch students take those tests, big providers, include respond, US, proctor, you and PROC. Some of them use webcams to track how? Students move their heads or is or touch the keyboard anything out of the ordinary flagged for teachers to review todd feathers recently co wrote a piece about a rebellion against this kind of surveillance for motherboard one concern false positives. Once you start the exam, they're all kinds of environmental factors that can lead to false positives. If you're a parent who has a child in the room, you're much more likely to be looking away from your screen or moving around than somebody who doesn't have A. Child in the room if you have adhd or some kind of anxiety disorder that's tied to taking tests, you're likely to exhibit behaviors that fall outside of the norm of other people in your class, and all of this can lead to being flagged as suspicious activity, and we have heard from students who have cried during tests because they're anxious about them. embiid flag alternatively I should say also heard stories from professors about students who go to all kinds of creative lanes to cheat from home. And have been caught as a result of using the cast off wear. So you talk to students who are really worried about privacy surveillance the potential for people to sort of fall outside the spectrum of what the Algorithm thinks is normal behavior. But not in fact, be cheating. You also spoke with a student of color who couldn't even take the test because the software didn't recognize his face. This is a problem that is not just related to this kind of software. A lot of these digital proctoring vendors don't create their own facial recognition technology. They are licensing it from other companies that specialize in s in facial recognition has been shown over and over again in different settings to not be good at recognizing people of Color, not be as good at recognizing women and to struggle to the point of absolute failure when it comes to people who don't identify one gender or another. What are the companies says about these criticisms I mean some students have protested the use of these the software campuses how have the company's reacted? Directed with a response that is pretty common across a lot of different technologies, applications of technologies, which is it. This software is a tool the company's give it to universities and two professors, and all they're doing is providing a quicker more efficient way for professors to identify possibly suspicious moments during an exam. There has been a lack of response directly to the criticisms about the invasion of privacy and about the way that it can negatively affect people who are underprivileged or from certain ethnic backgrounds. Right. Now, we're, of course in this moment where a lot more college students and students in Pre K. through twelve are at home taking online classes if and when we all get to get back together again, do you see these companies continuing to thrive and they're being an enough demand? A million dollar question I think that it's a pretty fair to say that once students are back in classrooms of all types this will not be quite as widely used as it is now but that being said, some of these companies are looking for other ways to expand. Their customers for example, Puck Toro has a recently announced a partnership with McGraw Hill, textbook maker to integrate its services into some of those online textbooks, and there are certain kinds of assessments, assessments for certain professional certifications such as nursing, which do require as part of state laws that the exams be proctored, and so if those aren't taking place in a physical room or even if they are, but there's the option to do it online. A space where tools like this are not only a possibility there arguably required by law.
Amazon announces dates for delayed Prime Day sales
"Amazon is looking to kickstart holiday shopping early this year, the company announcing today that it will hold its annual prime day sales event over two days in October. That's because a pandemic forced it to be postponed from July. It's the first time the sales event is being held in the fall. Get out your calendar. Here are the dates this year's prime day, which will run from October 13th to October 14th. Is sure to put pressure on rivals to offer deals right around the same time. I'm Steve Ruxton for Steve grows an itch on Chicago's very own 7 20 w G. N
Court temporarily blocks Trump order banning TikTok from US app stores
"A federal judge has temporarily blocked the trump administration's ban on downloads of the Chinese own social media APP Tiktok the ruling came just hours before the ban was scheduled to go into effect last night, the judge will release his official ruling in the coming days. So we don't know his exact reasoning just yet, but we do know that TIKTOK had a chance. To make its case before the judge yesterday here's a reporter. Katie such Eric. He did hear arguments early, Sunday morning from Tiktok that the national security concerns that the administration had were not pressing enough to override the free speech protections that constitutional free speech protections that are afforded social media platforms like Tiktok Tiktok had made note several times we have a national. Election going on that this is a format they called it a the modern town square place where a lot of people talk about their opinions and argue that it was really valuable to preserve that right now, the administration has given tiktok until November twelfth to sell it to you operations or face a full ban that would make the APP completely unusable for. US users, you might remember the tech talk actually has reached a tentative deal that would have the company partner with Oracle and Walmart to become a US company. But some of the specifics are still up in the air and it's not clear by the regulators on either side of the Pacific will approve the final version much less in time for the
Swim at hotel pools with Daycation app
"All those beautiful hotels and all those beautiful pools and probably thinking I'd love to just go spend a day at the pool but I don't WanNa stay overnight 'cause it's in my neighborhood. What if it was a station? What if it was a daycare while matthew bones got a new APP called Daykitchen that can arrange for you to just go over to the pool and hang out for a for a small fee matthew. This is the apple of my dreams tell everybody about it. Thank you so much. Thank you so much for having me on Truly appreciate it, and yeah, that's A fun time for us to see what can happen with patient obviously lots of things size of negative in the external environment but we're making our way through happy to tell you about the company and how it started. We'll basically just just the fill everybody in for twenty to thirty dollars. You can go to a local hotel and go hang at the pool for a day, right? Exactly. Yeah. That's the idea instant vacation in your pocket on the quicker Biden whether you're living in the city. Or in the future traveling on, you can click a button and hang out at the hotel for the day. Enjoyed a pool, enjoy all the amenities and you're primarily in Florida right now. So. Yeah. We have hotels actually in over twenty five cities we started in Miami we have over twenty hotels in. Miami Beach Miami proper by now we're we're expanding really rapidly. You just find were hotels one in Greece just last week, and then two more and in South America this week So it's been been wild to see all the new properties coming on you know I waiting I'm waiting for Los Angeles absolutely yes. We have many people waiting for Angeles and why here our launching a number of new properties here, which will be great all socially distanced and with the covert features that we put in to to make sure people stay safe as well. This is a tough time because they don't want too many people too many people to pool, but eventually, Kobe will be behind us and we'll be able to go do the dream vacation tell everybody how you cannot with the APP. Your or thing Always had a passionate for hospitality of I grew up working in a small Boutique Hotel in Right next to Jackson. Hole Wyoming. and I had this dream of one day dubbing developing luxury hotels around the world But as a starter needed to use something a little bit more creative to get into the industry and so my family and I. We're on this trip to Cancun Mexico and we're walking up and down the beaching resolve. These beautiful hotel cools all these people having fun and enjoying themselves and we thought no, one would be great if we can just go in there for the day and walk in and out of them if we could done the day enjoying the amenities said, no. You can't come in unless you haven't overnight room and so. I was sitting in my dorm room at Brown University Are Studying economics at the time and this idea hitting I thought wait a minute. Now, what if we created this system for all these beautiful hotels around the world sell more than just the overnight room and so we created vacation to solve that problem for hotels empty space that they want to sell and those people that are here on vacation looking to try new hotel properties or adversity. Now, all of those locals that are looking for a way to take on quote vacation or station on their sted one of some of the twenty five cities that you're him. So at some other cities, include Miami we are do have ocal here in Los Angeles for obviously launching more we have stuff in New York. We have a number of hotels throughout the Caribbean we watched up in Chicago interestingly enough places. In. Arizona Hawaii. Texas work kind of goes on. Well, good luck matthew the APP is called daycare even
Alexa can now immediately delete your voice recordings
"Be able to say Alexa, delete everything I've said now, according to Amazon that will delete all previously saved voice recordings that are associated with your account. Yeah, I know what you're saying. They've said that before, but this time, they said it's actually going to work. So you can also now say to Alexa. How Doe I review my privacy settings, which will send you to a link of the Alexa apt to the right page. You know, I
Why you should take more photos, not less
"And you know what you need to take more pictures really you do. I learned this the hard way believe it or not I've been going through my closets. This weekend I was trying to find some photos from the pre digital era. And all I could find was of a specific instance, one roll of black and white triax film. There was snapped during this specific place that I want to get pictures of. And Shame on me for not being, more proactive. So I should've taken more a lot more but I started thinking about it and realized look at how far we've come folks back then I'm the nine hundred and eighty s you had a choice of pro level thirty, five millimeter cameras which were hard to operate for most people disposable cardboard cameras had just begun appearing, but they were only used for special occasions places with great light. So for everyday life, most of us never bothered and compare that to now where everyone you know has a camera in their pocket and you can ask anyone to grab a shot of you with no issues they know what to do. And the smartphone cameras are so darn good. They can shoot in pretty much any kind of light and they have exif information built into the file. So when you look up stuff. You know exactly where you took it. You knew what time you knew what day I mean it's pretty amazing. So. For those of you listening today who might be in this position maybe ten years from now where you want to get pictures from twenty twenty some friendly. Where's the vice take more photos? You can never take enough and back them
Why Low-Earth Orbit Satellites Are the New Space Race
"Is launching more satellites part of his plan to shake up the space communications industry.
Review: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2
"The Galaxy Z. or Fold to. The Galaxy said full to phone. So you may remember I had last week I had the Microsoft duo which was a dual screen phone. That on Hanjin, the middle unfolded. And, I thought this just the software didn't really use it very well. I loved the idea was beautiful harbour, very thin and light and. And everything but it just it was Kinda Janke I could make it fulltime phone. So I sent it back and I took the money. And then some and apply because this is a two thousand dollar phone this galaxy fold, which means you don't have to worry about it 'cause that's ridiculous. Ridiculous. Four Times more than you need to spend for phone. If you need a new phone, you want Andrew get get the Pixel for a or you know that'd be fine. The Google phone but I'm you know me I'm interested in technology and and what we're technologies going. So I thought well, I should try this. I can always return it. If you know what I don't think I'm returning it's pretty cool. So it is thicker and heavier than a regular phone because it you know it's got it folds. It's like a sandwich, a sandwich with nothing in between. But on the other hand, the F- The unlike the Microsoft phone Microsoft not a they don't want you to think of as one. It has screen when it's folded. So you can see notifications, you can actually use it. It's a little it's thinner than a regular phone would be. So it's kind of you know it's not a it's kind of an odd ball screens, really thin and tall compared to any phone that you might use but still. Totally usable can and you don't look like a silly person making a call. It's just it's Kinda. It's Kinda thin. Kind of kind of kind of a weird aspect ratio, but then it has a fingerprint reader face reader, which is good for these days of masks. But then. Let's say you you. You launch a program or something on the front face when you open up the phone, it goes to the open when it's so big. So big nice and spacious. Now. It's like a little tablet and yeah, it was a little concerned about the folding screening indefinitely see that where the fold is doesn't doesn't disappear completely. But it kind of disappears from your awareness. And I have to say. It seems very well made. I wasn't going to get this because I thought. Oh. This Janki. is going to be silly this can be really Janke. You know it's really fun taking a picture with this big screen is huge. Like a bigger with an IPAD which I've always mocked people for. Taking a picture with an IPAD. So this isn't quite so big boy. It's kind of Nice, because you can really see what's going on. You know the pictures it's really like it's like holding. Like holding a big print in your hand. So you can see what it's GonNa look like when it's printed. And of course, Samsung always made the best screens. These are really gorgeous screens and it has a lot of features that duo left out. It's the fastest. Processor out there for for for android the QUALCOMM snapdragon it's It's got wireless charging. It's not waterproof for does proof as definitely not break proof which should make you nervous because if you drop this two thousand, it's like holding a Faberge egg in your hand. If you drop it, you bought it. You know you know. I I went out and took pictures of the other day and I thought. I better, not drop this. This if this falls out of my hand, that's That's a lot of money. So I I I have to say I'm not going to recommend anybody by this crazy expensive two thousand dollars for a phone. But. And, it's not a much better phone than the four hundred or five hundred dollar phone. It's just that. I was curious about folding screens and now I have to report. I'm pleasantly surprised. Unpleasantly surprised it actually It actually is pretty surprisingly functional and it doesn't feel I thought that folding screens gotTA. Be Weird rights feel plastic ear something. Once you open it up you kind of forget it that it you know that it's a plastic or anything it's just a big screen. It's Kinda Nice to have such a big screen in your pocket. So I'm I'm I'm actually very pleased I might even keep it. I know I know I know. A lot of money and then Someday. Did iphone. Event Invitations. Go Out. No, no nobody. Got Him. Okay I. Often don't get him so I don't know. I can't tell but I don't think they went out which means. Well, it's not going to be this week for the IPHONE twelve events like probably probably not gonna be could be next week. Everybody kind of agrees is going to be in October. So it could be maybe October. What is that six? Week from Tuesday yeah. Or October thirteen week from Tuesday they'll nuts new iphones. What do you think they'll be two thousand no but I bet you be able to get him up there. Close. Yet You know you get the. iphone twelve pro Max. With All the available storage they're offering whatever that is five twelve or to fifty six. I think I think you might get it up to fifteen hundred bucks crazy. But people and these things these phones are not. You know their fragile. Which means you got to buy insurance. So add that to the cost of the really not meant to be used for more than a couple years. So. So I'm thinking. maybe we should just you know think of our phone is a phone stick with that. I'll do the. Do the crazy. Spend for weird stuff just to let you know. I don't think this folding phones going to be cheap ever because I think it's an expensive part I. think that's really the problem.
Layered security becomes critical as malware attacks rise
"From the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to groups which the report labels a PT 28, a PT 29 breached the DNC servers through phishing attacks. A PT by the way, stands for advanced persistent threat. The first attack started in the summer of 2015. The group behind the attack was a PT 29, the attacker sent emails to more than 1000 different addresses. Attached to the DNC, and the messages contained malware attachments. They were posing as a normal file. It looked like an innocent file opening the file would install the malware on the target machine. The malware established an encrypted communication channel between the compromise systems and a PT 29. The malware also could escalate privileges, meaning the malware was ableto trick computers into giving the Attackers admin level access to the system so they could steal information, send it back to their own computers. Over this encrypted channel of communication, And because of this, they were largely undetected for a while. The second attack happened in 2016 that was a P 28. They sent out an e mail to a large number of people in the DNC. The email posed as an organization wide policy that would require users to reset their passwords, saying passwords have expired. You need to go and follow this link and reset your password. So they would go to a link and that led to a website that was made to look like it was an official DNC site. But in fact it was a fishing site so they would guide users to enter their usernames and their passwords and a new password, ostensibly so that they could reset their passwords. But in reality The hackers were gathering log in credentials and they were just ship shipping them straight to a B 28. The investigation into those attacks is still ongoing. But from what we know, it seems pretty certain the Attackers were Russian civilian and military intelligence services. So you have a group of Russian hackers targeting a United States political parties systems, and that's a big, scary thing. No matter what country you live in or what country No matter of which countries are involved. This kind of attack is a serious thing. We're one country is trying to influence the political outcome of another country. I don't care who you are. That's terrifying. The United States, by the way, has done not necessarily cyber crime kind of stuff like this. But us certainly has A long history of trying to influence other nations and their political proceedings. So I'm not saying the U. S is innocent of those kind of things either. But it is terrifying to look at the way that you can actually leverage human psychology and have a big impact like this. And honestly, I think that's the most troubling thing about phishing attacks because they don't have to be sophisticated. There's no need to craft a super tricky code. You don't have to sit there and secretly infiltrate a computer system Fishing works, not because of the technology technology facilitates it. It makes it easier to steal information. But fishing works because of the way we humans work. It works because we're fallible. We could be tricked. We could be influenced. It shows yet again that no matter how secure a system is, no matter what technology you have put in place, the system is really only as good as the people who have access to it. If you design the world's most secure bank vault door, and it has biometrics and voice activation and all this kind of stuff, where on Lee A select few are able to ever access it. And then I leave that door open while I dash off to go grab lunch. It doesn't do you any good. I have practiced very, very, very bad security protocol. Fishing works because we humans will often take these mental shortcuts and we won't use critical thinking, and it doesn't need to work every single time. In fact, depending upon the attack, it may need toe only work once, so if there are 10,000 employees of a company and you just need just one of them to click on a malicious attachment, that means all you need is a 10.1% success rate. It does not have to be great. It just has to work once. So it's no surprise. They're so many phishing attacks out in the wild. They get results and they don't need a lot of people to fall for them to be effective. That's all also why there's a lot of crappy ones out there because Why put in the effort to design something really, really good If you can still get hits with something that's crappy, that'll save you time and effort, so just quids in the crappy thing out, you won't get quality. Hits, but you'll still get hits to defeat phishing scams. We can institute different protocols and protections help weed out spam emails before they ever get to a user and obvious scans. That kind of thing we can blacklist certain. I P addresses, but ultimately we have to rely on people resisting those attempts to influence them and use a bit of critical thinking. Now I know I've talked a lot
Premium VOD Is a Failed Experiment, Imax CEO Rich Gelfond Says
"You could do that Much anticipated Mullan remake is available on Disney plus for $30, but Disney isn't saying how many subscribers air taking up the offer, or whether it plans to try it again for other delayed releases. Max CEO Rich Girl Fund is already calling premium video on demand. Ah, failed experiment. He was too kind. Michael Pachter covers the entertainment industry at Wedbush Securities, he says, until more consumers feel safe filling the seats. Moviemakers may need to adjust the prices they charge streaming viewers. Maybe we'd be willing to pay $8. You know, we waited Two months or 2.5 months. And maybe we'd be willing to pay $10 if we waited six weeks. Eight weeks. I mean, that, I think would make sense.
Elon Musk and SpaceX launch Starlink satellite broadband amid pandemic
"Is launching more satellites part of his plan to shake up the space communications industry. Musk scent up his first Starling satellites in 2019, and since then, he's deployed nearly 700. He wants to eventually reach 40,000 about 13 times. The number of active satellites in orbit broadband from space has typically relied on satellites orbiting more than 20,000 miles from Earth must slow Earth orbit or Leo satellites are at an altitude of 340 Miles. Industry analyst Chris Quilty says Leo Satellites have many benefits slower late see on potentially much better ability to provide global coverage, Quilty says. The big question is, can you compete on a cost per bit basis with the deployment of fiber from
EU Commission appeals after losing Apple $15B tax case
"The European Commission is taking its case against apple to the highest court in Europe, appealing EU court decision from July that ruled in favor of Ireland and the tech giant. Seeking the crackdown on sweetheart tax deals the commission sparked the case by ordering apple to pay fourteen point four, billion in back taxes that have been held in escrow while appeals process plays out. The easy. Now, to argue that the court set the bar for requisite standards, unreasonably high a precedent that will be specifically watched given the drive to create new tax laws governing major technology companies.
Dangerous 'Benadryl challenge' prompts warning from FDA over high doses of medication
"Viral video challenge is putting teenagers lives in danger here. CBS News is Norah O'Donnell, the FDA has issued an urgent warning against taking part in this so called Benadryl Challenge on social Media. Several teenagers have posted videos of themselves on Tic Tac, taking high doses of the allergy medication. The FDA is investigating reports of teenagers ending up in emergency rooms or dying and now Tic Tac says that they are working on removing the video's.
Why a dedicated Zoom device makes sense
"You'll recall that earlier this week I had a lot of fun with that new Microsoft Eighty, five inch dedicated device for teams meetings. It's only twenty two thousand dollars little much for my budget I. Don't know about you but it's been a week for dedicated video meeting devices after that Microsoft announcement though I gotTa love, Amazon's answer which came later in the week, a dedicated ten inch unit for two hundred, fifty dollars the echo show ten, which lets you go through Alexa to connect to zoom skype or Alexa to Alexa direct calls two hundred and fifty dollars. Twenty two, thousand dollars I think I'll take the cheaper one Alex, thank you. I think these dedicated devices when they're priced, right make a lot of sense i. mean think of the kids were stuck at home taking school on their laptops. Now, they could have one more unit just displaying the teacher and lessons which would give their hands free for schoolwork and no taking on the laptop make sense for those of you who are taking meetings all day. The same issue applies isn't it hard to take notes when your laptop screen is filled with Speaker video windows. Plus this way you wouldn't have to worry Webcam placement after all his best to be at eye level which most people ignore and not have the Webcam looking up your Chin that requires putting the laptop atop of a bunch of books which gives you a better look, but it makes it really hard to type. So the savvy speaker or student would have to constantly move the books around that dedicated service on the desk would solve the issue living atop the. Books that could just stay there and not have to be moved around. So Amazon has the echo show ten, which will be out later this year it'll let you connect the Webcam to the TV via the hundred and twenty dollar fired TB Cube device. So so maybe it won't be watching eighty five inches how about fifty or sixty sounds pretty good p particularly when you consider that you can buy a good fifty inch these days for about three hundred dollars. Now, the Amazon solutions won't be available until later this year. But if you have a facebook portal video chat device, you can use the dedicated unit now to connect to zoom because the update started rolling out today. The portal started one, hundred, twenty, nine dollars, and they're available in three sizes at eight, inch, ten inch or fifteen point, six inch. The addition that connects the TV which is called. Portal. TV is not yet supported for the zoom calls meanwhile, that's not all folks next week on Wednesday Google holds its annual fall hardware product event where it's expected to unveil a new top of the line smartphone and updated streaming device and a new take on the nest home hub video display unit last year's nest. Didn't work with zoom or initially even with Google's meat though it does now but not zoom zooms coming later, and I know I can pretty much rest assured that the new Google video display unit we'll be working with zoom and hopefully working well
Smart TV's don't have viruses
"Tom in Toledo Ohio listens on am eight hundred. CK. L. W. Hello Tom I have a flat screen TV I just bought that is WIFI wireless. Connected to the Internet and it also has web s on it. and. I'm wondering if I have to worry about. Getting any kind of virus. If I do use the web s Internet connection Tom, there's no need to worry about viruses on your TV much like with phones smart TVs are built very differently from computers and they run sandbox software that can't interact with other software outside of its very limited domain on top of that, they're very unattractive targets on account of many of them running on different. Proprietary systems and not storing the information that anyone could profit from stealing. That was the main issue with Max for many years didn't find very many viruses on it because everybody was using PC's yeah. But now it's more prevalent because more people are using MACs. Now, that means that bad actors tend to focus on the devices that have a better potential of giving them a return on their investment. So. You don't need to worry about your TV stream away and enjoy the benefits of using about mine if that's what you