Where Old, Unreadable Documents Go to Be Understood

From a report: On any given day, from her home on the Isle of Man, Linda Watson might be reading a handwritten letter from one Confederate soldier to another, or a list of convicts transported to Australia. Or perhaps she is reading a will, a brief from a long-forgotten legal case, an original Jane Austen manuscript. Whatever is in them, these documents made their way to her because they have…

February 11, 2018
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How Delivery Apps May Put Your Favorite Restaurant Out of Business

In a piece this month, The New Yorker argues that online food discovery and delivery platforms are bad for restaurants. From the report: In recent years, online platforms like Uber Eats, Seamless, and GrubHub (which merged with Seamless, in 2013) have turned delivery from a small segment of the restaurant industry, dominated by pizza, to a booming new source of sales for food establishments of all stripes. When the average…

February 11, 2018
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Chinese Phone Maker Xiaomi Deletes a Public MIUI vs Android One Twitter Poll After Voting Didn’t Go Its Way

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, which sells handsets at razor thin margins, is increasingly dominating in its home market and emerging places such as India and Indonesia. To make money, the company relies on a range of homegrown software features in its Android-based MIUI operating system. In a surprising move earlier this week, the company asked its Twitter followers to choose between MIUI and Android One (which runs pure Android OS)….

February 11, 2018
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How scammers impersonating Twitter celebrities con people via fake giveaways, asking for small bitcoin, ether amounts, promising to send back several times more (Ryan Mac/BuzzFeed)

February 11, 2018

Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed: How scammers impersonating Twitter celebrities con people via fake giveaways, asking for small bitcoin, ether amounts, promising to send back several times more  —  And they’re using automated networks of bot accounts to do it.  —  What do @Eilon_Musk, @ElonMuski, @EloonMusk, @Elonn_Musk, and @Alon_Musk have in common? Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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HomePod Repairs Cost Almost as Much as a New HomePod

This may not come as a huge surprise, but it’s going to be pricey if you break Apple’s fully sealed and densely packed new speaker. From a report: Repair pricing for the HomePod was posted to Apple’s website this week, and the number is high enough that it’s clear you should invest in a warranty if you’re worried about breaking one: an out-of-warranty repair from Apple will cost $279 in…

February 11, 2018
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Sandboxed Mac Apps Can Record Screen Any Time Without You Knowing

Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Malicious app developers can secretly abuse a macOS API function to take screenshots of the user’s screen and then use OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to programmatically read the text found in the image. The function is CGWindowListCreateImage, often utilized by Mac apps that take screenshots or live stream a user’s desktop. According to Fastlane Tools founder Felix Krause, any Mac app, sandboxed or not, can…

February 11, 2018
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Qualcomm last announced a new smartwatch chip two years ago, allowing the Android Wear ecosystem to stagnate (Ron Amadeo/Ars Technica)

February 11, 2018

Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: Qualcomm last announced a new smartwatch chip two years ago, allowing the Android Wear ecosystem to stagnate  —  This weekend will mark two years since Qualcomm’s last smartwatch chip was announced.  —  Ars Technica would like to wish a very special second birthday to the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Facebook ‘Likes’ Are a Powerful Tool For Authoritarian Rulers, Court Petition Says

A Cambodian opposition leader has filed a petition in a California court against Facebook, demanding the company disclose its transactions with his country’s authoritarian prime minister, whom he accuses of falsely inflating his popularity through purchased “likes” and spreading fake news. From a report: The petition, filed Feb. 8, brings the ongoing debate over Facebook’s power to undermine democracies into a legal setting. The petitioner, Sam Rainsy, says that Hun…

February 11, 2018
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Hon Hai’s Foxconn Industrial Internet files for an IPO in China, says it will spend $4.3B on next generation projects like cloud computing, IoT, AI, and 5G tech (Bloomberg)

February 11, 2018

Bloomberg: Hon Hai’s Foxconn Industrial Internet files for an IPO in China, says it will spend $4.3B on next generation projects like cloud computing, IoT, AI, and 5G tech  —  Smart manufacturing, data centers, AI among areas for growth  —  Hon Hai unit Foxconn Industrial Internet plans IPO in China Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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