Windows 10 October 2018 Update is at last being pushed automatically


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Who doesn't love some new Windows?

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The ill-fated Windows 10 October 2018 Update has hitherto been offered only to those Windows users that manually sought it, either by using the dedicated upgrade and media creation tools, or by manually checking for update in Windows Update. Three months after its initial release, Microsoft has at last started pushing it to Windows users automatically.

The update was originally withdrawn because of a data loss bug. A month after the initial release, the bug was fixed and the fixed update was made available. Even this release was limited, with a number of blocks in place due to known incompatibilities. As described above, it was then only offered to those taking certain manual steps to update their machines. One month ago, these blocks were largely removed.

Even with automatic deployment and installation now enabled, the

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update is at last being pushed automatically


This post is by Peter Bright from Ars Technica


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Who doesn't love some new Windows?

Enlarge / Who doesn’t love some new Windows? (credit: Peter Bright / Flickr)

The ill-fated Windows 10 October 2018 Update has hitherto been offered only to those Windows users that manually sought it, either by using the dedicated upgrade and media creation tools, or by manually checking for update in Windows Update. Three months after its initial release, Microsoft has at last started pushing it to Windows users automatically.

The update was originally withdrawn because of a data loss bug. A month after the initial release, the bug was fixed and the fixed update was made available. Even this release was limited, with a number of blocks in place due to known incompatibilities. As described above, it was then only offered to those taking certain manual steps to update their machines. One month ago, these blocks were largely removed.

Even with automatic deployment and installation now enabled, the

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Tim Cook calls for a regulatory body to oversee data brokers


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Apple chief Tim Cook has always been a vocal champion of privacy, even going so far as to publicly criticize other tech giants’ data practices. Back in 2018, he called for GDPR-like laws in the US — now he’s calling for a regulatory body to oversee the business of selling data in an OP-ED piece for Time.

Via: 9to5mac

Source: Time

DuckDuckGo switches to Apple Maps for search results


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Surveillance-free search engine, DuckDuckGo, today announced that it is now using  Apple’s MapKit JS frameworkfor search.

What happens on DuckDuckGo, stays on DuckDuckGo

“We’re excited to work closely with Apple to set a new standard of trust online, and we hope you’ll enjoy this update,” the company said.

It means the search engine now offers users the same improved address searches, additional visual features, enhanced satellite imagery, and continually updated maps as already used on billions of Apple devices worldwide.

How this works

With this updated integration, Apple Maps are now available both embedded within the search engine’s private search results for relevant queries, as well as available from the “Maps” tab on any search result page.

It cites as an example the map that appears when you first search for something (“pizzas in Cupertino”), the map that appears once you click on a result and the items

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Windows 7 enters its final year of free support


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Licensing and support lifecycles are not really the easiest topics to illustrate.

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Windows 7’s five years of extended support will expire on January 14, 2020—exactly one year from today. After this date, security fixes will no longer be freely available for the operating system that’s still widely used.

As always, the end of free support does not mean the end of support entirely. Microsoft has long offered paid support options for its operating systems beyond their normal lifetime, and Windows 7 is no different. What is different is the way that paid support will be offered. For previous versions of Windows, companies had to enter into a support contract of some kind to continue to receive patches. For Windows 7, however, the extra patches will simply be an optional extra that can be added to an existing volume license subscription—no separate support contract needed—on a

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Greetings from CES 2019!


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It feels like CES only just ended, but we’re back in Las Vegas for the 2019 edition and we couldn’t be more excited. Just like always, there will be plenty of cars, TVs and smart appliances. But, we’re here to separate the wheat from the chaff and bring you only the best (or at least the most interesting) tech from CES 2019. The show floor hasn’t even opened yet and already several companies have made a splashincluding Apple, which continues to skip the event in any official capacity. But that hasn’t stopped it from grabbing some attention.

Of course, you don’t want to miss out on all our liveblogs, our three epic days of live stage shows which all culminates with the official Best of CES awards on Thursday at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.

Apple took out a CES ad to troll its competitors over privacy


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Historically, Apple hasn’t had an official presence at CES. It’s not surprising given the company’s success at hosting and hyping its own product launch events — long before the iPod and iPhone brought Apple to the top of the technology mountain, Steve Jobs keynotes were can’t miss events. The company is also very deliberate about its marketing campaigns; when I see Apple billboard ads, they focus on new product close-ups with minimal messaging.

This is why the giant ad banner I saw when I arrived in Las Vegas yesterday for CES 2019 caught my eye. Positioned not far from the convention center where CES takes place, the sign is a cheeky riff on the old “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” slogan — and with just a few words, it casts an Apple-shaped shadow over the convention.

New Windows 10 build silences Cortana, brings passwordless accounts


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New Windows 10 build silences Cortana, brings passwordless accounts

The latest Insider build of Windows 10, 18309, expands the use of a thing that Microsoft has recently introduced: passwordless Microsoft accounts. It’s now possible to create a Microsoft account that uses a one-time code delivered over SMS as its primary authenticator, rather than a conventional password.

In the new Windows 10 build, these passwordless accounts can be used for logging into a machine locally. The initial sign-in will use SMS, and it will then prompt you to configure biometric or PIN authentication. Your face, fingerprint, or PIN will be used subsequently. This capability is in all the editions, from Home up to Enterprise. A few previous builds had constrained it to Home only.

While SMS-based authentication has security issues of its own, Microsoft seems to feel that it’s a better bet for most home users than a likely insecure password. Removing the Windows login password is part of

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Bay Area: Join us 1/9 to talk about personal data security in 2019


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Askhan Soltani has worked with the FTC and as an independent researcher, exploring data privacy issues. Recently, he testified about Facebook's privacy policies before the US and UK governments.

Enlarge / Askhan Soltani has worked with the FTC and as an independent researcher, exploring data privacy issues. Recently, he testified about Facebook’s privacy policies before the US and UK governments. (credit: Ashkan Soltani)

The Cambridge Analytica scandal. Data breaches at hotels, banks, rideshare companies, and hospitals. Facial recognition. DNA databases. We’re living through the data privacy apocalypse and now it’s time to figure out what happens next. Here to discuss that with us at the next Ars Technica Live is Ashkan Soltani, an independent researcher and technologist who specializes in data privacy.

Recently, Soltani testified before the US and UK governments about Facebook’s privacy practices and how they make user data available to third parties. Soltani also authored the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, which regulates large companies that make more than 50 percent of their revenues from selling California residents’ personal information. The CCPA was

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Fake Alexa setup app is topping Apple’s App Store charts


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If you received a new Alexa device over the holidays and are working on setting it up, be warned that a fake Alexa setup app has been making its way up Apple’s App Store charts. The app is called “Setup for Amazon Alexa” and it’s from a company called One World Software that, as 9to5Mac points out, has two other shady apps in the App Store as well. As of writing, the app was ranked at #75 in the “Top Free” apps list and #6 in the list of top utilities apps.

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Apple received over 32,000 user data requests in six months


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Apple’s bi-annual transparency report is here and it now has its own interactive page on Apple’s website. As usual, it details the personal data requests Apple received from governments worldwide. Only the new look makes it easier to review and digest thanks to a slider at the bottom that lets you scroll through report cards for each country. And if you’re a fan of the old ways, you can still download a PDF crammed with the same data.

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Didn’t think Facebook could get any worse? Think again.


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Just about 24 hours ago, we published a story recapping Facebook’s terrible 2018. But the year isn’t over, and it looks like the drama is going to continue until the bitter end. According to an investigation by The New York Times, citing interviews with over 60 people, including former Facebook employees, the company gave Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, Spotify and other tech firms far greater access to user data than previously disclosed. Earlier this month, the paper reported how some of these companies were receiving favored access to people’s information, but we didn’t know it was allegedly giving certain ones the ability to read, write and delete private messages.

Last Pass confirms huge increase in use of password managers since iOS 12


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MacBook password

The useful thing about third-party password management apps is that they work cross platform

Apple’s decision to support third-party password managers unleashed a big wave of pent-up enthusiasm, according to Last Pass.

Password management hits the fast lane

Apple introduced a Password Manager API at WWDC 2018.

This enabled third party apps, like Last Pass and others, to autofill passwords in Safari and other included apps in iOS 12.

This became a “thing” for iOS users when Apple launched iOS 12 in September. This included the auto-fill functionality within apps and Safari.

The introduction of support in iOS 12 meant LastPass iOS users no longer needed to copy and paste credentials from the LastPass app on iOS devices, it also meant that users of multiple platforms can enjoy the convenience of these systems.

The result? “New LastPass registrations on mobile are in the thousands per day,” the company said. “Further,

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Three Months of Mojave: What Works, and What Still Doesn’t


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The release of macOS Mojave on Sept. 24, 2018, marked the 15th major release of the OS X/macOS operating system. Mojave is the first version of macOS that doesn’t have its moniker based in the mountains of California; instead, it’s one of the hot deserts of California that lends its name to the OS.

It’s been roughly three months since the release of Mojave, and in that time, Apple has delivered two minor updates and is working on the beta of the third update.

September 24, 2018: Public release of macOS 10.14.0
Apple originally announced macOS Mojave at WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) on June 4, which was quickly followed by the original developers release. The public beta of Mojave was made available in July, followed by the public release of macOS 10.14.0 on Sept. 24, 2018.

Unlike macOS High Sierra and Sierra, which shared equivalent

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How to Encrypt a USB Flash Drive in macOS Mojave


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In macOS Mojave, you can choose to encrypt and decrypt disks on the fly right from the desktop. Using this convenient Finder option, we’re going to show you how to encrypt a USB flash drive (or “thumb drive”), which is useful if you’re traveling light and want to take sensitive data with you for use on another Mac.

Finder uses XTS-AES encryption, the same encryption that FileVault 2 uses to prevent access to data on a Mac’s startup disk without a password. Note that the following method is only compatible with Macs – you won’t be able to access data on the encrypted drive using a Windows machine.

If this is a requirement, you’ll need to use a third-party encryption solution like VeraCrypt. With that in mind, here’s how to securely encrypt your USB flash drive.



Attach the USB flash drive to your Mac and locate its disk icon on

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Audit backs Apple’s denial of Chinese spy chips in servers


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If there have been any Chinese spy chips on Super Micro servers, they haven’t been easy to find. The company has told customers that an independent audit has found no evidence of malicious hardware on its current motherboards as well as those from the generation sold to Amazon and Apple (and thus the heart of the Bloomberg claims that sparked the concern). There was also no evidence of unapproved designs or rogue software, the auditors said.

Source: Reuters

The internet war on sex is here


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During the Great Internet Sex War, that began in the United States during its Facebook Era, people were forced to stockpile their porn. Lube was bought by the drum and hidden in bunkers, alongside vibrators and air-gapped computers holding valuable troves of accurate, non judgemental sex information. Gimp suits were stored upright, oiled, and ready for doomsday’s call. Explicit gifs became a black market commodity, and there were rumors of a Thunderdome ruled by cam girls. Every sexual identity, except the singular one deemed safe by the corporations, went into hiding. Fear prevented even the mere mention of sexual pleasure on the networks and in communications.

Apple offers Safari users safer browsing with USB security key support


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Apple’s latest preview version of Safari features support for the WebAuthentication (WebAuthn) API that lets users login using USB security sticks, according to the release notes. Users can enable a feature that allows them to log in using USB-based CTAP2 sticks, which offer a higher level of protection than regular text-based passwords. The hardware devices are typically used in conjunction with passwords, a one-two protection punch that makes hacking and phishing exponentially more difficult.

Via: Apple Insider

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App Store scammers are using Touch ID tricks to steal money


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Reddit users are exposing shady iOS fitness apps that use the Touch ID feature on iPhones and iPads to scam people out of cash. Both “Fitness Balance app” and “Calories Tracker app” were active on the App Store until recently, though Apple appears to have now removed them.

Source: u/kristikoroveshi94 (Reddit)