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Astronaut Takes Breathtaking Photo of Hurricane Dorian

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

On Labor Day, NASA Astronaut Nick Hague tweeted an amazing photograph of the eye of Hurricane Dorian. He is currently posted on the International Space Station. He said that “you can feel the power of the storm when you stare into its eye from above.”

Astronaut Takes Breathtaking Photo of Hurricane Dorian

A Billion Android Phones Exposed to Phishing Attacks

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Researchers at security firm Check Point have discovered a flaw in Android phones, Wired reported. It means a billion or more users could be vulnerable to phishing attacks.

The researchers say their proof-of-concept research worked on the Huawei P10, LG G6, Sony Xperia XZ Premium and Samsung phones including the S9, when they tested it. They say the issue may have impacted up to half of Android phones. There are more than 2.5 billion Android devices in use around the world. “It needs only a cheap USB dongle with SIM card,” says Slava Makkaveev, a security researcher at Check Point who was behind the work. “There are many freely available software tools to generate client-provisioning SMS messages. It’s enough to send crafted SMS messages and attack a phone anywhere in the world.”

Thieves With Sledgehammers Attack 2 Apple Stores

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Six people wielding sledgehammers stole almost $300,000 worth of products from two Apple stores in Western Australia Tuesday. The Next Web shared the video.

The first attempt was an unsuccessful one. After smashing the front window to gain entry, the group ended up fleeing due to the presence of a nearby taxi. “We know the presence of the taxi caused the group to flee the scene,” Detective Senior Constable Matt Whelan said. 40 minutes later, the group tried again at another store. This time they threatened a security guard before making entry with a sledgehammer and fleeing with $300,000 in Apple products — mostly iPhones.

How New York Tries to Recover Lost AirPods

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Americans love their AirPods. They also lose them. A lot of them. The Wall Street Journal looked at how New York deals with the issue.

“They’re tiny. They’re hard to find,” said Steven Dluginski, an MTA maintenance supervisor. Given the darkened tracks where they drop, he said, “the only saving grace is that they’re white.” AirPod rescues from New York City subway tracks ramped up in March, when Apple released a new version, Mr. Dluginski said. This summer has been the worst, possibly because the heat and humidity on subway platforms makes the ears and hands of New Yorkers pretty sweaty, he guessed.  Transit workers use a pole that extends to about 8 feet and has two rubber cups on the end that can be squeezed together to grab small objects. The “picker-upper thing,” Mr. Dluginski called it.

Apple Can't Become a 'Full-Stack Bank'

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Tim Cook Launches Apple Card

Fintech startups are not as disruptive as they might be because they are not “full-stack” companies, Ron Shevlin wrote at Forbes. Can Apple beat them at their own game and became a full-stack bank, he wondered? Probably not.

Apple likes to tout that its new credit card was created “by Apple, not a bank.” I guess we should pay no attention to the folks from Goldman Sachs and MasterCard behind the curtain. Apple’s moves with Apple Card, Apple Pay, and Apple Cash are big moves towards a full(er)-stack bank, but the company is hampered by one big weakness: It’s DNA is in tech products. For all the innovative moves Apple makes across industries like financial services, entertainment, and health, one thing is constant: It wants to sell devices. This prevents Apple from achieving the openness needed to become a full-stack bank.

Gimlet and WSJ Launching New Podcast

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Gimlet, the Spotify-owned podcasting firm, and the Wall Street Journal will formally launch their podcast collaboration, ‘The Journal’, today.

iPhone Hack Hits Android and Windows Phones Too

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The unprecedented cyber attack on iOS devices revealed last week went well beyond iPhones and was used for surveillance on Uighur civilians.

Apple Card is 90% Made of Titanium

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The Apple Card is made out of titanium, but just how much? Bloomberg Businessweek wanted to know, so they sent one off to an expert to find out.

A Bloomberg Businessweek reporter sent his card to a mineralogist, University of California, Berkeley professor Hans-Rudolf Wenk. Professor Wenk used what’s known as a scanning electron microscope, or SEM device, to determine the card’s atomic makeup. He found that the answer is about 90%. The rest of the card is aluminum, according to the analysis. The Apple Card isn’t the first credit card to be made with metal, as both American Express and Chase offer their own heavy cards, but Apple’s stands out, given the company’s push to market its metallic essence.

Simple ways to bring Safari tabs together

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It is not entirely intuitive how to move a standalone window onto a window with multiple tabs in Safari, so Charlotte explains how.

Apple Pay Makes Up Just 9% of U.S. Mobile Payments

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The U.S. is a long way behind when it comes to mobile payments. A report by CNBC  found that Apple Pay made up just 9% of payments in the U.S.

“The U.S. is not a leader when it comes to mobile payments — at best, it’s the middle of the pack compared to other countries,” said Gerard du Toit, partner and head of the banking and payments sector of Bain’s financial services practice in North America. It seems odd considering the ubiquity of iPhones and Androids in the United States. More than 81% of Americans own a smartphone, up from 35% just eight years ago, according to Pew Research Center. While experts say mobile payments in the U.S. will eventually close the gap, they see legacy financial systems, a lack of a need for other options, and rewards cards as major headwinds.

Latest iOS Hack is a Game Changer

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We are only starting to understand the full extent of the iOS hack revealed Friday by Google researchers. At Wired, Andy Greenberg and Lily Hay Newman argued it changes everything we know about iPhone hacking.

The attack is notable not just for its breadth, but the depth of information it could glean from a victim iPhone. Once installed, it could monitor live location data, or be used to grab photos, contacts, and even passwords and other sensitive information from the iOS Keychain. With such deep system access, the attackers could also potentially read or listen to communications sent through encrypted messaging services, like WhatsApp, iMessage, or Signal. The malware doesn’t break the underlying encryption, but these programs still decrypt data on the sender and receiver’s devices. Attackers may have even grabbed access tokens that can be used to log into services like social media and communication accounts. Reed says that victim iPhone users would probably have had no indication that their devices were infected

When Elon Musk Met Jack Ma

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Two of techs’ biggest names, Elon Musk and Jack Ma, had a head-to-head debate at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai. Bloomberg News laid out some of the highlights from the billionaires’ discussion.

Musk: People underestimate the capability of AI. They sort of think like it’s a smart human. (But it’s going to be) much smarter than the smartest human you will ever know.

Ma: I never in my life say human beings will be controlled by machines, it’s impossible…Human beings can never create another thing that is smarter than human beings.

Musk: I very much disagree with that. The biggest mistake I see people making is to assume they’re smart.

Ma: My view is that computers might be more clever, human beings are much smarter.

Happy #positiveTwitterday Everybody

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Users are tired of the sniping, arguing, and fake news on Twitter, so for one day they are making it a happier place – #positiveTwitterday.

Pokémon Masters for iOS is Live

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Pokémon Masters on iOS is now available to download, although there were some server problems when the game arrived a day early.

How The iPhone Drives the Future of Mobile Silicon

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When the new iPhone is released next month it will almost-certainly be powered by Apple’s A13 chip. As such, it will be the result of years of research into mobile silicon, not to mention customer dollars. Daniel Eran Dilger explained  the development in an in-depth piece for AppleInsider.

In an interview with Ars Technica last year, Apple’s head of marketing Phil Schiller noted that the company’s silicon designers regularly meet with other groups to explore how their needs can be accommodated in future hardware designs… While Google got more sympathetic media coverage, Apple has been building an ISP into all of its iPhones for years now. It effectively works as part of the camera system, both for users and third-party apps. Every new iPhone delivers further advancements in the ISP, allowing every new generation to capture better photos, higher frame rates, improved exposure and a variety of other advancements that enhance imaging inside and outside the camera app.

 

'Inside Google, it's a Game of Thrones'

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While we may be cynical about much of what Google does, it is easy to imagine it being a fairly pleasant place to work. According to report on Business Insider, away from bright colours and free food, there is another, less pleasant, side to things. The sex and politics apparently resembles the goings of a popular HBO television show.

Google is a hotbed of sex and political infighting. And it always has been. A source who spent most of his career at Google put it this way: “Inside Google, it’s a Game of Thrones.” Game of Thrones is a series of novels and an HBO television show. The plot is wildly intricate, but the main story is about how several families from all over the Kingdom are competing to take over the throne. The show and books are full of violence, sex, and political intrigue. There is no violence at Google. But sex and politics? Oh, yes.

If The iPhone Was Made in the 1980s

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Ever wondered what the iPhone would look like if it had been invented in the 1980s? No, me neither, but it turns out artist Future Punk had and the result is pretty cool. They posted images of a 80’s style device on Instagram. They also recreated famous Apple adverts.

If The iPhone Was Made in the 1980s