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APP SALE: Sci-Fi Game ‘Implosion’ is Free, Down From $10

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

A sci-fi game called Implosion just went on sale for free, down from its usual price of US$9.99. Twenty years after the fall of Earth, the remnants of the Human race are once again faced with extinction. The time has come to justify our existence. A mysterious life form known as the XADA squares off against humanity’s last weapon – the War-Mech series III battle suit. Features: Stunning console-quality graphics, first-class voice acting and Hollywood-grade audio production. Full orchestral scores masterfully mixed by Grammy Award winner and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy engineer, John Kurlander.

APP SALE: Sci-Fi Game ‘Implosion’ is Free, Down From $10

‘Threema’ Now Supports End-to-End Encrypted Video Calls

· Andrew Orr · Link

Messaging app Threema announced on Tuesday that it now supports end-to-end encrypted video calls.

In order to ensure full end-to-end encryption of all metadata (including real-time metadata, such as camera orientation), our team had to make corrections to the widely used base technology “WebRTC.” This security improvement will be incorporated into the WebRTC project, meaning that countless other communication services benefit from our patch in the future.

The second part to that is great, about sharing it back to the project. You can find Threema on the App Store here.

pCloud Update Lets Users Decide Where Files are Stored

· Andrew Orr · Link

pCloud is an encrypted cloud storage service, and a recent update gave users the ability to decide in which server their files are stored.

All pCloud users will be able to choose the server location where their files are stored. This will give users greater control over the security of their files. Once the choice of where to store the data is made during registration – in the US or Europe – it is practically impossible to transfer them without the user’s knowledge or permission. Currently, the option to select the server location is available only to newly registered users.

Apple Seeds First watchOS 7 Public Beta

· Andrew Orr · Product News

Man wearing Apple Watch

On Monday Apple seeded the first watchOS 7 public beta to customers after having released the first macOS Big Sur public beta on Thursday.

Apple Ranks Number 12 in Fortune Global 500

· Andrew Orr · News

Fortune has published its Global 500 list of companies. Apple ranked twelfth place in revenue making US$260.174 billion.

Trump’s China App Ban Will Affect Apple Due to WeChat

· Andrew Orr · Link

President Trump’s ban on Chinese apps, in particular WeChat, is going to affect Apple, writes Michael Kan.

Forty-five days from now, the White House can begin punishing US companies and individuals for making “transactions” that are related to WeChat. That means Apple will likely need to pull the product from the iOS app store.

“For Apple, it would be all iPhone sales in China will go to zero because no one in China will buy a WeChatless phone,” tweeted podcaster Carl Zha.

As I understand it, WeChat is THE most popular app in China. It’s what Facebook aspires to be with Messenger. It’s used for everything like messaging, mobile payments, a hub for businesses, etc. Like Mr. Kan notes, it won’t affect Google because apps can be sideloaded on Android. But the App Store is the single repository of iOS apps.

‘Game of Thrones: Tale of Crows’ Arrives on Apple Arcade

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

“Game of Thrones: Tale of Crows” launched on Apple Arcade Friday. It goes beyond the TV series to explore the 8,000 year history of the Night’s Watch in its vigil on top of the Wall. Players will etch their own tales into the annals of Lord Commanders and their sworn brothers over centuries as they shore up stocks, defenses, and recruits at Castle Black as well as send ranging parties out to navigate the wild North, riding into the lands beyond the Wall unsure of what awaits them.

‘Game of Thrones: Tale of Crows’ Arrives on Apple Arcade

‘Have I Been Pwned’ Database Now Open Source

· Andrew Orr · Link

Enter your passcode

Troy Hunt is making his Have I Been Pwned database open source. He says it’s already a community project with companies like Cloudflare providing free services to HIBP.

The single most important objective of that process was to seek a more sustainable future for HIBP and that desire hasn’t changed; the project cannot be solely dependent on me. Yet that’s where we are today and if I disappear, HIBP quickly withers and dies.

20GB Intel Data Leak Spread on Twitter Includes Source Code

· Andrew Orr · Link

Alert symbol of an exclamation point inside triangle

An anonymous leaker took to Twitter to leak 20GB of Intel data and says more is coming soon.

The poster encourages downloaders to look for mentions of ‘backdoors’ in some of the Intel source code, and even provides a sample clip of one such listing, but we aren’t sure of the intentions behind the listings in the code.

Hitting Command + F to look for mentions of backdoors, because such backdoors would conveniently  be labeled as such, right?