Congressman Wants Apple to Increase Security Over Foreign-Linked Apps

· Andrew Orr · Link

Rep. Stephen Lynch, chairman of the House subcommittee on national security, sent separate letters to Apple and Google, wanting assurances these companies could warn users about apps with foreign ties.

At a minimum, Apple and Google should take steps to ensure that users are aware of the potential privacy and national security risks of sharing sensitive information with applications that store data in countries adversarial to the United States, or whose developers are subsidiaries of foreign companies.

Apple can only do so much. They probably can’t check the source code of every app to see if it contains Chinese spying code. And what about U.S. spying code?

Verizon to Announce Apple News+ Offer

· Charlotte Henry · News

Apple news plus logo

Verizon and Apple are set to offer Apple News+ free for six new months on any iPad activated through the network.

App Store Developers Get More Protection Under New EU Regulations

· Charlotte Henry · Link

App Store logo

The EU passed new rights for developers on Sunday. explained how it will offer App Store developers greater protection.

The scope of the regulation is limited to platforms that allow developers and publishers to offer their games to players, where the platform facilitates direct transactions between developers and publishers and the players. Console manufacturers’ online stores do not, therefore, identify themselves as marketplaces like Apple’s App Store or Google Play, which clearly fall under the new regulation. Instead, they regard themselves as digital retail stores that enter into direct transactional relations with players, and do not fall under the new regulation as “online intermediation services” that facilitate the initiating of direct transactions between developers/publishers and players.

Huawei Kit to be Removed From UK 5G Network

· Charlotte Henry · News

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Huawei kit is to be removed from the UK’s 5G network by 2027, the UK government announced, with new purchases banned from December 30, 2020.

'Greyhound' Cast Explains Battle of The Atlantic

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

In a video released over the weekend, Greyhound screenwriter and star Tom Hanks is joined by cast members to further explain the Battle of the Atlantic and how it was represented in the movie. They reflect on the strain that was placed on the crew and its commander, depicted by Mr. Hanks.

Breaking up With Chrome is Hard, But Right, to do

· Charlotte Henry · Reporter's Notebook

Safari, Firefox, Chrome

Tests prove that Safari outperforms Google Chrome on a Mac. Because of that and the extra privacy, Charlotte is going to give it another try.

Apple Uploads ‘Ted Lasso’ Trailer Starring Jason Sudeikis

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has posted a trailer for “Ted Lasso”, a comedy series starring Jason Sudeikis. Ted Lasso is a small-time college football coach from Kansas hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, despite having no experience coaching soccer.

In addition to starring, Sudeikis serves as executive producer, alongside Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs”) via his Doozer Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content. Doozer’s Jeff Ingold also serves as an executive producer with Liza Katzer as co-executive producer. The series was developed by Sudeikis, Lawrence, Joe Kelly and Brendan Hunt, and is based on the pre-existing format and characters from NBC Sports.

Physics Professor and Jazz Musician Dr. Stephon Alexander - BGM Interview

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Stephon Alexander on Background Mode

Dr. Stephon Alexander is a theoretical physicist specializing in cosmology, particle physics and quantum gravity (String Theory and Loop Quantum Gravity). He received his BSc from Haverford College and Ph.D. from Brown University. He also explores interconnections between music, physics, mathematics and technology though recordings, performance, teaching and public lectures.

Stephon tells his story about growing up in the Bronx amidst a very diverse group of students. Encouraged by his parents and teachers, he showed great curiosity and intelligence. Still, as person of color, he faced many challenges as he worked towards his Ph.D. We chatted about the mind of the physicist, physics intuition, music, the role of mathematics, String Theory and Loop Quantum Gravity as well as events before the Big Bang. If you are a young student, dreaming of becoming a physicist, this show is a must – full of inspiration and insights.

Electronic Frontier Foundation Unveils ‘Atlas of Surveillance’

· Andrew Orr · Link

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The EFF unveiled the Atlas of Surveillance today. It’s a database of surveillance tech used by law enforcement across the country. Anyone can use it to see what spying technology their state’s LE uses. You can download datasets, too.

We specifically focused on the most pervasive technologies, including drones, body-worn cameras, face recognition, cell-site simulators, automated license plate readers, predictive policing, camera registries, and gunshot detection. Although we have amassed more than 5,000 datapoints in 3,000 jurisdictions, our research only reveals the tip of the iceberg and underlines the need for journalists and members of the public to continue demanding transparency from criminal justice agencies.

'The Morning Show': Cast and Crew of Apple TV+ Show Discuss Series's Relevance

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

In an hour-long video released over the weekend, the cast and crew of Apple TV+ flagship series The Morning Show took part in a virtual panel. They discussed the show and what the relevance of it is today, in the midst of a pandemic and following the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. The discussion features stars like Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Guga Mbatha Raw, Desean Terry, Billy Crudup, and Mark Duplass. Showrunner Mimi Leder also took part in the conversation, as did CNN’s Brian Stelter, on whose book Top of the Morning the series was based.

4-Panel Foldable Solar Phone Charger and 10,000mAh Power Bank: $34.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

4-Panel Foldable Solar Phone Charger & 10,000mAh Power Bank

We have a deal on a portable power bank that comes with a 4-panel, foldable solar charger. The portable battery has a 10,000mAh capacity and smart charging. It can also be charged through a micro USB port, and it features two USB charging ports for charging your devices. It’s $34.99 through our deal.

Apple Tackles The Whole Working From Home Thing

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

In a new video, Apple tackles our current work from home environment.  Of course, Apple products are essential to navigating the situation, helping users work creatively and productively.