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Bulgaria tax hacking: An entire nation was hit – CNN

Bulgaria tax hacking: An entire nation was hit – CNN

In the game world of hacking, I think this is probably the best high score yet. Sure, one gets to claim big hacks like Target, or Home Depot as high scores, but the information is one or two credit cards which can be changed. In this instance, we're talking about THE...

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Fast-growing web of doorbell cams raises privacy fears

Fast-growing web of doorbell cams raises privacy fears

The scary tale of "registered camera owners" and a chance to eavesdrop on you and your neighborhood, gives the police powers that they shouldn't have. Directly out of 1984, it doesn't even pretend anymore, as law enforcement actively pitches in cash towards your...

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Pampers Creating ‘Smart’ Diaper – CBS Pittsburgh

I have a week to figure out how to safely put this on the air. Personally, I don't like the idea of it... I think we're needlessly adding tech to everything. Perhaps for some kids, in certain medical situations, this is important to have... but for the masses? I don't...

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AP Exclusive: New election systems use vulnerable software

I believe this is a mis-identification of the issue. The real issue is that all systems are vulnerable. Further, the more important the systems are, the more targeted they will become. Few hackers care about Linux or Macs (sorry Keith!) due to their low usage...

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FTC to fine Facebook $5 billion for privacy lapses: reports

In an amazing move, the FTC levied what we might thing is a humongous fine against Facebook for the Cambidge Analytica scandal, where Facebook users personal data was used for politcal advertising purposes without the consent of the owners of that data. $5 Billion...

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Robot that started fire costs Ocado $137M | ZDNet

Was it intentional? Was this the start of a robot uprising that went bad? We may never know. On a more serious note, while we get scared by these things, sometimes issues happen. The Great Chicago Fire (of 1871) cost much more than that, killed some 300 people, and...

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Walmart Turns to VR to Pick Middle Managers – WSJ

Technology being used to select high performers is not a new concept. Still, it's the next step towards training, improving, and bringing new skills along the way. One issue to be concerned about is with potential candidates who are not fully skilled with technology,...

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Apple Moves Mac Pro Production to China – WSJ

Increasing the profit even more. This also means that there might be less jobs in Austin, TX. Apple is making its new Mac Pro computer in China, shifting abroad production of what had been its only major device assembled in the U.S., even as trade tensions escalate...

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Google says it’s not making any more tablets | TechCrunch

Fans will know that I am an avid Apple iPad user, and love the Apple Pencil. Still, I'm disheartened to see that Google is backing off of their tablets, in a time where we should all be moving forward. We still have tablets from Samsung and elsewhere, but a leader...

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Crime fighting robot deployed | YourCentralValley.com

Crime-fighting robot? More like an intrusion on daily life, where the video cameras now have wheels and will follow you for unknown reasons. Privacy is dying on a daily basis, especially when we are desensitized to the usage of digital spys. HUNTINGTON PARK,...

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Target’s tech trouble clogs stores with long checkout lines

Tech can be very fickle, especially in a large environment. I wonder not only what hte problem was, but if there was a way to prevent something like this from happening. One thing that we keep forgetting about, as we move more towards cloud services, is that localized...

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AT&T cancels Samsung Galaxy Fold orders | TechCrunch

Just another big problem in the works as not only AT&T, but some of the overseas carriers are backing away from the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Recent problems with demo units given to the press appear to be more than just minor issues as the date is shoved back for...

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Fiverr shares jump 24% above IPO price, open at $26.00 each

Amazing opening for Fiverr, whose approach to the gig economy really works for a lot of people. Still, I don't dabble in the stock market, so this is only a note of success on the first day.Fiverr’s stock rose above its initial public offering price after opening for...

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Amazon dethrones Google as top global brand: survey

This is a story that has played out a number of times recently, and shouldn't be a surprise to most. Google or Apple will take the spot again soon enough, however.US retail giant Amazon has moved past hi-tech titans Apple and Google to become the world's most valuable...

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Orwell’s classic ‘1984’ turns 70 amid enduring interest

Some consider this a cautionary tale. Others consider it a plan for our country. I'm really hoping that the next generation will start to eschew their taste for things that voluntarily give up their privacy, that empower a government to rule their lives, and that will...

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Apple unveils iPadOS, adding features specifically to iPad

This is the second item, and features more updates just for the iPad, which is exciting for people who use the tablet. Some nice advancements!Apple has supplemented iOS 13 with new iPadOS which adds more productivity features for iPad users including enhanced Split...

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WWDC 2019: 6 Coolest New iPhone Features in iOS 13 | Time

We'll be chatting with Keith for two segments on all things from WWDC's announcements. The advance notice on this is that Keith is excited (even though Apple Maps 2019 is (in part) Google Street View 2016)... Note: The video is done with Apple Fanboys who will be...

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Rare Apple I fetches $471,000 at Christie’s auction

Ahh, to dream of owning a piece of history like this. I have two Osbourne portables, one fully working, and I don't even have a prayer that they would sell for enough to bother to dust them off. A rare Apple I has fetched roughly $471,000 after selling at auction...

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NASA orders the first piece of its lunar outpost

Not wasting any time, NASA is moving forward with stuff that's already been designed for the mission back to Luna. NASA has awarded space technology company Maxar a $375 million contract to develop the first Lunar Gateway segment that's flying to space. Maxar, which...

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Apple to warn iPhone users about update impact – BBC News

Given that Apple has agreed to warning of slowdowns to avoid a lawsuit in the United Kingdom, it will be interesting to see if theese warnings will come to those of us in the United States, or only arrive to folks in the United Kingdom.The tech giant must tell...

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Your packages could be delivered from a self-driving truck

An interesting thought, but not anywhere close to the USPS Terminator.TuSimple is taking over U.S. Postal Service long-haul delivery routes with self-driving trucks in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas for a two-week pilot. See full story on Your packages could be...

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NASA TV spot (unofficial) – YouTube

This TV Spot lays up a nice history of NASAs amazing past, and while this was done by fans of NASA (and modern music), it brings me a feeling that perfectly inspires after todays announcements of NASA going back to the moon... to stay!...

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We Are Going – YouTube

NASA provided an amazing video today, laying out why we need to go to the moon again, not for a visit, but to stay and build our next steps into the cosmos. The only thing they missed is the next video...We are going to the Moon, to stay, by 2024. And this is how....

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Teens Smuggle Burner Phones to Defy Parents – WSJ

I will probably talk about this as a topic sometime soon, rather than a news item, but it was an interesting read. This crosses between addictions, but also overbearing parent Luddite behavior in a world where tech familiarity is going to be the difference between the...

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