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9th September 2017

Apple gives $5 million to hurricane relief, will activate donations through iTunes

Apple announced Friday that it will donate $5 million to hurricane relief efforts.

The gift will support Hand in Hand, which has been collecting donations for various organizations, including United Way and Habitat for Humanity, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Its efforts recently expanded to include Hurricane Irma relief, which is projected to hit Florida on Saturday.

SEE ALSO: Hurricane Irma is one of the most powerful storms to slam the Atlantic Ocean. Here’s what you need to know.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by #Irma. Please stay safe! Apple is proud to support #HandInHand

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) …

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As Irma approaches nuclear plants in Florida, lessons from Andrew resonate

Enlarge / The Energy Information Administration’s “Energy Disruption’s Map” as of Saturday morning. You can check out the interactive map here. (credit: Energy Information Administration)

In advance of Hurricane Irma, Florida Power and Light (FPL) officials announced on Thursday that the utility would start shutting down the state’s only two nuclear power plants—Turkey Point, just south of Miami, and St. Lucie, north of West Palm Beach—as a safety measure.

The Turkey Point plant seems to be closest to the hurricane’s probable path according to the latest models. It has two reactors, each capable of 693 megawatts of output while operational. The plant was built in 1972, so Irma won’t be its first Category 5 hurricane. In 1992, the eye of Hurricane Andrew passed right over Turkey Point.

At the time, Turkey Point didn’t sustain any structural damage to its most sensitive facilities, despite facing sustained winds up to 145 miles per hour and gusts as strong as 175mph. The Miami Herald writes that Turkey Point’s nuclear reactors “are encased in six feet of steel-reinforced concrete and sit 20 feet above sea level.” According to a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) report published in 1993, damage to the “safety-related systems” at Turkey Point during Hurricane Andrew was limited to “minor water intrusion and some damage to insulation and paint.” No radioactive release occurred, either.

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Linxo raises $24 million for its app that brings bank accounts together

French startup Linxo just raised $24 million (€20 million) from three financial institutions — Crédit Agricole, Crédit Mutuel Arkéa and MAIF. The company is building a sort of Mint for the French market. Banking apps suck in France. Most of them are just a wrapper around a mobile website. It takes them years to adopt new features, such as fingerprint readers, widgets and more. And… Read More

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Specs leak for Huawei Mate 10 ‘Alps’ and ‘Blanc’ variants

Huawei has already confirmed that the Mate 10 series of smartphones will be made official on October 16. So far, we know the standard Mate 10 is internally codenamed as Marcel, while the Pro variant is Blanc. Now, thanks to new information leaked by @evleaks, we can tell you that there’s another model in the series that carries the code-name Alps.

Huawei Mate 10 ‘Alps’ and ‘Blanc’ variants detailed— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 8, 2017

Specs for Blanc and Alps have leaked as well. Starting with the former, it’s powered by the…

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Climb into the cockpit of an F-104 Starfighter – CNET

The Palm Springs Air Museum is an aviation paradise, with rare inside access to a B-17 bomber, an F-4 Phantom, an immaculate P-51 and other amazing planes. – Source

Tour a B-17 and other aircraft at the Palm Springs Air Museum – CNET

From WWII fighters and bombers to the jet age, the Palm Springs Air Museum offers a unique look inside and around some incredible aircraft. – Source

Volvo buys premium app-based valet service Luxe

Volvo has just acquired the app-based valet service Luxe, which let users coordinate a driver to park, wash and refuel their car. But the Swedish automaker didn’t pick it up just to convenience its customers — it wants Luxe’s technology and engineer… – Source

Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2017) launched with quad-core CPU, 5,000mAh battery

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2017) is finally official. The tablet is powered by an SoC with quad-core, 1.4GHz processor, and sports an 8-inch display of 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.

RAM is 2GB, while internal memory is 16GB. The camera department is handled by an 8MP rear unit and a 5MP front shooter. Measuring 212.1 x 124.1 x 8.9mm and weighing in at 364g, the device runs Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. A 5,000mAh battery is there to keep the lights on.

The tablet has been launched in Vietnam, where it carries a price tag of VND 6,490,000, which currently translates into…

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Moto Z Play Droid receives security update

Got the Moto Z Play Droid? Then you might have recently received a notification telling you that an update is ready to be installed on your handset. No, this is not the eagerly awaited update bringing Android 8.0 (Oreo) to the device. In fact, the update is bringing the August Android security patch to the phone. Even though the Moto Z Play Droid was launched more than two months after the 2016 Motorola flagship model (Moto Z Force Droid), the Moto Z Play Droid was updated to Android 7.1.1 first, and is one month ahead of the Moto Z Force Droid, which currently features the July Android security … – Source

Roland reissues classic D-50 synth for its ‘Boutique’ line

Roland has been reissuing classic synths for a while now with its “Boutique” line based on earlier Roland keyboards like the Jupiter 8, Juno 106 and JX-3P. The company has also re-imagined the retro-tastic TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines for classic… – Source

T-Mobile, Nokia hit 1.175Gbps using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X20 LTE modem

T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network was employed by Nokia and Qualcomm on Friday, to send data at speeds of 1.175Gbps. The test was run on 60Hz downlink spectrum and used 3x carrier aggregation to increase the capacity of the network. The device used in the test was powered by the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, and included 4 x 4 MIMO to increase the number of connections between the device transmitting the data, and the device receiving it. It also included 256QAM, a technology that helps T-Mobile achieve gigabit speeds. A single Nokia 4.9G AirScale Base Station was used in the testing.

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Samsung begins working on Galaxy S8 Oreo update

According to a new report, Samsung has started working on the Oreo update for its Galaxy S8 series of smartphones. The update could carry firmware version of G955FXXU1BQI1 and G950FXXU1BQI1 for the S8 and S8+, respectively.

While there’s no information on the roll out time-frame, the report notes the South Korean company will likely kick off a beta testing program before pushing out the update to all. It also says the firm might not implement all Android 8.0 features in the update.

Recently, OnePlus started pushing the Oreo update to the OnePlus 3 closed beta channel. Among other…

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All four major U.S. carriers team up to form a task force on mobile authentication

All four major U.S. carriers are teaming up to form the Mobile Authentication Task Force. The goal is for the wireless operators to prevent identity theft by scanning data and analyzing patterns. This will be done in order to make sure that subscribers’ identities aren’t being stolen by people who plan on using them for illegal activities. The four carriers plan on using SIM card recognition, network-based device authentication and geo-location. This plan will go into effect next year to protect both consumers and businesses.

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Best Buy pulls Kaspersky’s antivirus software from its shelves

Amid growing concern/speculation/hysteria that Kaspersky Lab products could be tied to the Russian government, retailer Best Buy has stopped selling its antivirus. Minnesota’s StarTribune first reported the move, citing a source who said that the com… – Source

SwiftKey now supports 7 additional languages, bringing the total to 205

SwiftKey’s one of the oldest Android keyboards around, and in that time, it’s added support for quite a few languages – nearly 200, in fact. With this latest addition of seven new languages, the total number of languages supported has been brought to over 200, which is no small feat.

Without further ado, here are the seven new languages (you can see them in the screenshot above as well):

Lower Sorbian

The SwiftKey team also notes that users can type in up to five language models simultaneously, making things a lot easier for multi-lingual people.

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SwiftKey now supports 7 additional languages, bringing the total to 205 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Government recovers £645m for BDUK broadband roll-out

The government has recovered £645m of funding to be reinvested in future broadband roll-out through a mix of clauses in its BDUK contracts with BT and project savings – Source

Google Dashboard gets a makeover to improve privacy controls

Launched in 2009, Google Dashboard was a new effort by the company to give users of its various services an easy way to review their data and account use. You could see just how many emails you have in Gmail, how many images you have uploaded to Photos, and much more. Today, Google announced it is rolling out a revamped user interface for Dashboard that should make it even easier to keep tabs on your account activity.

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The new UI has been redesigned mainly so that users with smartphones and tablets, which were only beginning to pop up when Dashboard first got started, will now be able to navigate the interface on a touchscreen. Downloading user data from Dashboard should be easier as well with this update.

In addition, the company is integrating some of its privacy controls, including My Account and My Activity, into the Dashboard interface. My Account lets users update their personal info that they might want to share with others with its Privacy Checkup tool. Google says that “hundreds of millions of visitors every year” have used My Account since it launched in 2015. My Activity, which began in 2016, lets users quickly find which YouTube video they watched a few months ago, or which search string led them to a specific story online. Google says that over 150 million people have used My Activity since it launched.

Adding these two features into Google Dashboard, combined with its more graphical and touch-friendly UI, should make it much easier, and safer for users to keep track of their account use. The revamped Dasboard should become available for all users of Google’s services over the next several weeks.

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PSA: Equifax’s hack checker is a hot mess – CNET

Equifax’s hack checker needs to be checked. – Source

Virginia just decertified its most hackable voting machines

Following a vote on Friday by the Virginia State Board of Elections, the state will take decisive action to ensure the integrity of its voting machines. Virginia’s election supervisors have instructed 22 localities to abandon their existing machines immediately, citing risks inherent in the way they record votes. “The Department of Elections believes that the risks presented by… Read More

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Zapping cobalt nanodots could lead to magnetic RAM

Magnetic storage, and we’re talking tape here, is good for long-term storage because it’s cheap and stable — unlike solid state drives and volatile memory, which are quick but expensive and better for temporary storage. New research might lead to a method that combines the best of both worlds. Read More

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New rumor claims Huawei Mate 10 may have a f/1.6 aperture camera

The rumors and leaks surrounding the launch of the Huawei Mate 10 series of phones continues. The latest such unconfirmed report claims to have hardware specs on two of those phones, with word that a third model might launch as well.

See also:Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro: All the rumors in one placeHuawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro: All the rumors in one place3 days ago

The report, from VentureBeat and noted gadget leaker Evan “@evleaks” Blass, claims that one of the Mate 10 phones, with the internal code name “Blanc”, will have Huawei’s own recently revealed Kirin 970 chip inside. He also says it will have a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1,440 x 2,880, plus a 18:9 aspect ratio and a near bezel-free look. He adds that it will also have 6 GB of RAM, either 64 GB or 128 GB of internal storage, a large 4,000 mAh battery, Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and the company’s own EMUI 6.0 skin.

Perhaps most interesting in this new rumor is that Blass claims that “Blanc” will have a dual camera set up, one with 20 MP and one with 12 MP, which will have a lens with a f/1.6 aperture. The recently announced LG V30 is so far the only smartphone that has been confirmed with such a camera aperture. “Blanc” is rumored go on sale in December, and may be the one that will be branded by Huawei as the Mate 10 Pro.

In addition, Blass says he has specs for another phone in the Mate 10 series, with the code name “Alps”. He says it will have a smaller 5.88-inch IPS LCD 2,560 x 1,440 display, but will still have the same processor, the same battery, and the same cameras as “Blanc”. However, its memory will be lower with just 4 GB of RAM, and will only have a 64 GB onboard storage option. Blass speculates that “Alps” could be labeled as the Mate 10 Lite.

The third phone, according to Blass, has the code name “Marcel”. No information on its hardware specs have been revealed, but he speculates it may be somewhere in between “Alps” and “Blanc”. He believes that “Marcel” and “Alps” will both go on sale in October, soon after the Mate 10 series is officially revealed in a press event on October 16, in Munich, Germany.

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Uber faces FBI investigation for its ‘Hell’ tracking program – CNET

The authorities are looking into whether the ride-hailing company illegally used software to stalk its rival Lyft. – Source

Federal judge sides with iPhone manufacturers and against Qualcomm by refusing to toss countersuit

A federal judge today refused to toss out a lawsuit filed by manufacturers that build devices for Apple, against chip maker Qualcomm. The latter had sought a dismissal of the suit which would have resulted in Qualcomm receiving royalty payments from the manufacturers. With the judge’s decision, the manufacturers are now allowed to continue withholding these payments to Qualcomm.

The lawsuit involves patents owned by Qualcomm that are considered essential to the production of smartphones. Because these patents are so important, licensing is supposed to be done in a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory … – Source

Equifax stock tumbles 14% after credit score hack

Credit score business Equifax revealed Thursday that 143 million people were compromised in a cyber attack. Social security numbers and other personally identifying information were accessed. And guess what, the stock market didn’t like it! The company lost about $2 billion in market cap Friday after tumbling nearly 14%. Apparently, the company has known about the hack since July 29,… Read More

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Obama surprising these excited teens at school will give you so much joy

There’s a lot of terrifying stuff going on right now.

So if you need a ray of sunshine, just watch these students absolutely lose it when former President Barack Obama walks into the room.

SEE ALSO: Obama-Biden bromance inspires animated series

These young people that I met at McKinley Tech today are the reason I’m hopeful about the future. To all the young people headed back to school around the country: Make us proud. You’re the next generation of leaders, and we need you.

A post shared by Barack Obama (@barackobama) on Sep 8, 2017 at 2:26pm PDT

I mean, these teenagers at McKinley Technological High School in Washington are FREAKING OUT. …

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PSA: no matter what, Equifax may tell you you’ve been impacted by the hack

Those hoping to find out if their Social Security number and other identifying info was stolen, along with a potential 143 million other American’s data won’t find answers from Equifax.
In what is an unconscionable move by the credit report company, the checker site, hosted by Equifax product TrustID, seems to be telling people at random they may have been affected by the data… Read More

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Equifax tries to explain its response to a massive security breach

A day after announcing that hackers stole personal information tied to 143 million people in the US, Equifax’s response to the breach has come under scrutiny. Language on the website where people could find out if they were affected seemed to say tha… – Source

Cruise ship company is rescuing its employees from Irma—on a cruise ship

The high seas are not where anyone wants to be as Hurricane Irma rips through the Caribbean and southern Atlantic.

To evacuate employees usually stationed aboard ships now in hurricane-churned waters, Royal Caribbean is using its most valuable resource: its own gigantic cruise boat.

SEE ALSO: National Hurricane Center’s headquarters is in Irma’s path—but it’s built to take a hit

Royal Caribbean is taking the 2,500-passenger Enchantment of the Seas mega-boat to calmer waters with the cruise company’s employees and families onboard.

.@RoyalCaribbean Enchantment of the Seas leaving #Miami – taking employees + fam out to safer waters before #Irma

— Erica Hill (@EricaRHill) …

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Is Jake Paul a Social Media Genius or a Jerk?

The 20-year-old YouTube megastar is mining a summer of controversy to build a social media empire. – Source

Taylor Swift’s favorite YouTuber is this googly-eyed squid – CNET

While all you humans are clamoring to watch the singer on YouTube, just who is she watching in return? That’d be this guy. – Source

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