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  • @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    CES 2020: Segway’s prototype wheelchair crashes at tech show

    Segway's prototype wheelchair crashed during a demonstration at the CES tech show.
    The S-Pod - a self-balancing electric wheelchair - was being tested by a journalist at the time. The rider had accelerated the vehicle before accidently crashing into a wall. Its maximum speed is 24mph (38km/h). The company said no one was injured. The crash made the S-Pod unavailable for further demos, but analysts say the company should not face lasting damage. "In no way is a [malfunction] a total loss. It is still a sign to the public that the company is close to the finished product," said Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research. The S-Pod is designed to be driven in enclosed spaces such as airports, theme parks and work campuses.

    So it works just like all of their other products. Smashing people into walls is like a hallmark of using those things.



  • Microsoft ends Windows 7 support: What should you do?

    Cyber-security experts are urging Windows 7 users to upgrade their operating system.
    Microsoft is going to stop supporting Windows 7 from Tuesday so that it can focus on "newer technologies". As a result, Windows 7 users will no longer receive the all-important security updates and patches that keep their machines safe. One in four Windows users is running Windows 7, according to statistics website StatCounter. It means that Microsoft is ending the cat-and-mouse game with hackers seeking to exploit software bugs in the Windows 7 operating system. If perpetrators find a flaw in Windows 7, Microsoft will not fix it. Without continued software and security updates, Windows 7 machines are more likely to be infected with viruses and malware, Microsoft wrote on its website.



  • Grindr and Twitter face 'out of control' complaint

    Dating app Grindr and a Twitter-owned advertising-tech firm have been accused of unlawfully sharing users' data.
    It is part of a wider investigation by the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) into the "out of control" advertising industry and profiling of customers. Along with four other ad-tech companies, they face huge fines if found to be in breach of EU data laws. Grindr has yet to respond but Twitter said it had temporarily disabled the relevant account. "We are currently investigating this issue to understand the sufficiency of Grindr's consent mechanism. In the meantime, we have disabled Grindr's MoPub account," it told BBC News.



  • Trump launches fresh attack on Apple over privacy

    US President Donald Trump has launched a fresh attack on Apple.
    He tweeted that the company was refusing to unlock iPhones "used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements". On Monday US Attorney General William Barr accused Apple of not being helpful in an inquiry into a shooting that is being treated as a terrorist act. It is the latest in a series of clashes between the White House and technology giants over access to data. Mr Trump accused Apple of refusing to co-operate with investigators despite his administration helping the company on trade and other issues.



  • @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Trump launches fresh attack on Apple over privacy

    US President Donald Trump has launched a fresh attack on Apple.
    He tweeted that the company was refusing to unlock iPhones "used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements". On Monday US Attorney General William Barr accused Apple of not being helpful in an inquiry into a shooting that is being treated as a terrorist act. It is the latest in a series of clashes between the White House and technology giants over access to data. Mr Trump accused Apple of refusing to co-operate with investigators despite his administration helping the company on trade and other issues.

    Does anyone actually expect the President of the US or William Barr to understand how encryption works? Trump doesn't understand how umbrella's work. . .

    Youtube Video



  • @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Trump launches fresh attack on Apple over privacy

    US President Donald Trump has launched a fresh attack on Apple.
    He tweeted that the company was refusing to unlock iPhones "used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements". On Monday US Attorney General William Barr accused Apple of not being helpful in an inquiry into a shooting that is being treated as a terrorist act. It is the latest in a series of clashes between the White House and technology giants over access to data. Mr Trump accused Apple of refusing to co-operate with investigators despite his administration helping the company on trade and other issues.

    Does anyone actually expect the President of the US or William Barr to understand how encryption works? Trump doesn't understand how umbrella's work. . .

    Youtube Video

    fail - lol - I was fully expecting to see him fail at trying to close it - in this case, he was simply lazy, or smart enough to know he doesn't know how to close it - and therefore instead of looking a fool, it was better to simply look lazy.



  • @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Trump launches fresh attack on Apple over privacy

    US President Donald Trump has launched a fresh attack on Apple.
    He tweeted that the company was refusing to unlock iPhones "used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements". On Monday US Attorney General William Barr accused Apple of not being helpful in an inquiry into a shooting that is being treated as a terrorist act. It is the latest in a series of clashes between the White House and technology giants over access to data. Mr Trump accused Apple of refusing to co-operate with investigators despite his administration helping the company on trade and other issues.

    Does anyone actually expect the President of the US or William Barr to understand how encryption works? Trump doesn't understand how umbrella's work. . .

    Youtube Video

    fail - lol - I was fully expecting to see him fail at trying to close it - in this case, he was simply lazy, or smart enough to know he doesn't know how to close it - and therefore instead of looking a fool, it was better to simply look lazy.

    That would be one thing if he acted like a boss and just dropped it and kept on walking, instead he stands there holding onto it for a bit too long like "Should I really just leave this here as I have no clue how it works?"



  • Did anyone else notice the little hand-rail tapping thing he did there as he was walking up the stairs too. What was that about?



  • @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Did anyone else notice the little hand-rail tapping thing he did there as he was walking up the stairs too. What was that about?

    singing hail to the chief to himself..



  • @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Did anyone else notice the little hand-rail tapping thing he did there as he was walking up the stairs too. What was that about?

    singing hail to the chief to himself..

    haha



  • Turkey's Wikipedia ban ends after almost three years

    Turkey is restoring access to Wikipedia after a ban that lasted almost three years.
    The country's Constitutional Court ruled that the ban violated freedom of expression, the pro-government newspaper Milliyet reported. The online encyclopaedia was blocked in Turkey in April 2017, after it refused to delete articles critical of the country's government. The ban lasted 991 days, said internet-monitoring organisation NetBlocks.org.The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs the service, had refused to remove articles that said Turkey's government had cooperated with the so-called Islamic State (IS) group and al-Qaeda in Syria.









  • @Obsolesce said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Patch your WordPress sites, now!

    It says it is a plugin. I know it said 80K sites have it, but it isn't installed by default, right?



  • @wrx7m said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @Obsolesce said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Patch your WordPress sites, now!

    It says it is a plugin. I know it said 80K sites have it, but it isn't installed by default, right?

    Correct.



  • @JaredBusch said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @wrx7m said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @Obsolesce said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Patch your WordPress sites, now!

    It says it is a plugin. I know it said 80K sites have it, but it isn't installed by default, right?

    Correct.

    Cool. thanks for confirming.



  • Dad builds Nintendo video game controller for disabled girl

    A man has hand-built a custom controller for his disabled daughter so she is able to play video games.
    Rory Steel said the Nintendo Switch controller was built for nine-year-old Ava with a Microsoft device and components from eBay for about £110. A video on Twitter of Ava, who is from Jersey, using the device has had more than 800,000 views. Mr Steel said she had given the device a "big thumbs-up" and the attention had been "a little bit surreal". He said Ava, who has hereditary spastic paraplegia which affects her motor controls and speech, made the suggestion after seeing videos online. Teacher Mr Steel, head of the Digital Jersey Academy, built the device with two joysticks and arcade game-style flashing buttons hooked up to a Microsoft Xbox adaptive controller.





  • Disney+ to launch a week earlier than planned in the UK

    The new streaming service Disney+ is to launch on 24 March in the UK, a week earlier than originally planned.
    Pricing has also been revealed - it will cost £5.99 per month or £59.99 a year, making it more expensive than the earlier DisneyLife platform.Disney+ launched in the US and Canada in November, where it became the most downloaded app.The new launch date may be an attempt to tackle piracy of shows like The Mandalorian, suggested one expert. The other European countries that will receive Disney+ at the same time as the UK are Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland. The Netherlands already has access as it was used as a testing ground for the platform.



  • @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Disney+ to launch a week earlier than planned in the UK

    The new streaming service Disney+ is to launch on 24 March in the UK, a week earlier than originally planned.
    Pricing has also been revealed - it will cost £5.99 per month or £59.99 a year, making it more expensive than the earlier DisneyLife platform.Disney+ launched in the US and Canada in November, where it became the most downloaded app.The new launch date may be an attempt to tackle piracy of shows like The Mandalorian, suggested one expert. The other European countries that will receive Disney+ at the same time as the UK are Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland. The Netherlands already has access as it was used as a testing ground for the platform.

    Anyone know why it wasn't launched globally to begin with?



  • @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Disney+ to launch a week earlier than planned in the UK

    The new streaming service Disney+ is to launch on 24 March in the UK, a week earlier than originally planned.
    Pricing has also been revealed - it will cost £5.99 per month or £59.99 a year, making it more expensive than the earlier DisneyLife platform.Disney+ launched in the US and Canada in November, where it became the most downloaded app.The new launch date may be an attempt to tackle piracy of shows like The Mandalorian, suggested one expert. The other European countries that will receive Disney+ at the same time as the UK are Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland. The Netherlands already has access as it was used as a testing ground for the platform.

    Anyone know why it wasn't launched globally to begin with?

    @scottalanmiller says something about Disney and modern tech not going together in the same sentence.
    Maybe they didn't know it was an option. 😉



  • @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Dad builds Nintendo video game controller for disabled girl

    A man has hand-built a custom controller for his disabled daughter so she is able to play video games.
    Rory Steel said the Nintendo Switch controller was built for nine-year-old Ava with a Microsoft device and components from eBay for about £110. A video on Twitter of Ava, who is from Jersey, using the device has had more than 800,000 views. Mr Steel said she had given the device a "big thumbs-up" and the attention had been "a little bit surreal". He said Ava, who has hereditary spastic paraplegia which affects her motor controls and speech, made the suggestion after seeing videos online. Teacher Mr Steel, head of the Digital Jersey Academy, built the device with two joysticks and arcade game-style flashing buttons hooked up to a Microsoft Xbox adaptive controller.

    thats awesome!



  • GM's Cruise unveils its first driverless vehicle

    Cruise, the self-driving car start-up, majority owned by General Motors, has unveiled its first vehicle designed to be driverless.
    The electric-powered Cruise Origin was developed by Honda, which also has a stake in the company. The launch of the vehicle, which has no steering wheel or pedals, had been delayed from last year. Cruise said it was designed for shared ownership: "It's not a product you buy, it's an experience you share." Chief executive Dan Ammann wants drivers to move away from individual ownership to a sharing model, to help reduce emissions, accidents and congestion. Speaking at the launch in San Francisco, he said the Cruise Origin was not a concept vehicle: "It is self-driven. It is all electric. It is shared."



  • @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    GM's Cruise unveils its first driverless vehicle

    Cruise, the self-driving car start-up, majority owned by General Motors, has unveiled its first vehicle designed to be driverless.
    The electric-powered Cruise Origin was developed by Honda, which also has a stake in the company. The launch of the vehicle, which has no steering wheel or pedals, had been delayed from last year. Cruise said it was designed for shared ownership: "It's not a product you buy, it's an experience you share." Chief executive Dan Ammann wants drivers to move away from individual ownership to a sharing model, to help reduce emissions, accidents and congestion. Speaking at the launch in San Francisco, he said the Cruise Origin was not a concept vehicle: "It is self-driven. It is all electric. It is shared."

    I like the idea of shared vehicles - but in the midwest - the whole mass transit system is definitely not something most are used to, which this basically becomes another form of.



  • @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    GM's Cruise unveils its first driverless vehicle

    Cruise, the self-driving car start-up, majority owned by General Motors, has unveiled its first vehicle designed to be driverless.
    The electric-powered Cruise Origin was developed by Honda, which also has a stake in the company. The launch of the vehicle, which has no steering wheel or pedals, had been delayed from last year. Cruise said it was designed for shared ownership: "It's not a product you buy, it's an experience you share." Chief executive Dan Ammann wants drivers to move away from individual ownership to a sharing model, to help reduce emissions, accidents and congestion. Speaking at the launch in San Francisco, he said the Cruise Origin was not a concept vehicle: "It is self-driven. It is all electric. It is shared."

    I like the idea of shared vehicles - but in the midwest - the whole mass transit system is definitely not something most are used to, which this basically becomes another form of.

    This will be the first form of mass transit they will really work, potentially, in the Midwest

    Because it is actually individual mass transit



  • @JaredBusch said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Because it is actually individual mass transit

    Basically a taxi, not public transit, aka mass transit.



  • @Obsolesce said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @JaredBusch said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Because it is actually individual mass transit

    Basically a taxi, not public transit, aka mass transit.

    What makes it not public? Because it's not owned by the municipality? OK fine - though, there is no reason the city couldn't own it. Hell this could be huge for cities in the midwest. Just like municipalities owning the last mile for internet access could be hugely beneficial to both the cities and the residents.



  • @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    GM's Cruise unveils its first driverless vehicle

    Cruise, the self-driving car start-up, majority owned by General Motors, has unveiled its first vehicle designed to be driverless.
    The electric-powered Cruise Origin was developed by Honda, which also has a stake in the company. The launch of the vehicle, which has no steering wheel or pedals, had been delayed from last year. Cruise said it was designed for shared ownership: "It's not a product you buy, it's an experience you share." Chief executive Dan Ammann wants drivers to move away from individual ownership to a sharing model, to help reduce emissions, accidents and congestion. Speaking at the launch in San Francisco, he said the Cruise Origin was not a concept vehicle: "It is self-driven. It is all electric. It is shared."

    Will they use a Cruze to make it? The Cruise Cruze?



  • Microsoft Security Shocker As 250 Million Customer Records Exposed Online

    A new report reveals that 250 million Microsoft customer records, spanning 14 years, have been exposed online without password protection.


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