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Every iPhone, iPad, and Other Apple Devices Vulnerable To Hacking Every iPhone, iPad, and Other Apple Devices Vulnerable To Hacking: Here's What You Need To Do
Every iPhone, iPad, and Other Apple Devices Vulnerable To Hacking
by Charles Mohapel

If you're one of the Apple loyalists who laughed at the Intel, AMD, and ARM owners now sweating bullets over the serious threat presented by the 'Spectre' and 'Meltdown' serious security flaws, your rudeness has come back to bite you in the behind.  We don't know how vulnerable you are compared to people with devices running with Intel, AMD, and ARM chips, but from what we've read the two vulnerabilities are serious for everyone.

Rush To Fix 'Serious' Computer Chip Flaws Don't Look Now, But There Are Two 'New' Recently Publicized 'Serious Security Flaws'
Rush To Fix 'Serious' Computer Chip Flaws
by Charles Mohapel

Happy New Year! NOT!!!  2018 certainly did not get off to a good start as we have learned that there are not one, but two serious security flaws that affect computer chips dating as far back as 1995.  The first flaw, designated "Spectre", was found in chips made by Intel, AMD, and ARM.  The second flaw, designated "Meltdown" only affects Intel-made chips.  Reading that the industry has been aware of the problem for months and hoped to solve it before details were made public, does not fill us with a great deal of confidence. They are in the process of issuing software updates and patches, though the spread is uneven and while the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said there was no evidence that the vulnerability had been exploited, it's better to be safe than sorry.  The NCSC has issued separate guidance notices for enterprise administrators and home users (links posted)

A Message to Our Customers about iPhone Batteries and Performance Apple's Mea Culpa And Subsequent Special Offer
A Message to Our Customers about iPhone Batteries and Performance
by Charles Mohapel

While Apple has had a spotty track record of informing their customers and being upfront about certain problems, they are responding properly in this case.  Just before Christmas, they finally admitted to what many frustrated customers have suspected for years: it deliberately slows down old iPhones with new iOS updates.  Having publicly acknowledged the problem, they will be reducing the price of out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacements by $50 US, cutting them from $79 US to $29 US — for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later model whose battery needs to be replaced, beginning in late January 2018 and available worldwide through December 2018.  Thanks to loyal reader Robin Poirier for sending us the link.

Google Collects Android Users' Locations Even When Location Services Are Disabled First Apple Proved Untrustworthy, Then It Was Uber, And Now It's Android And Google
Google Collects Android Users' Locations Even When Location Services Are Disabled
by Charles Mohapel

Back in August 2014, loyal iPhone owners were horrified to discover that Apple had betrayed their trust and was surreptitiously using their own iPhones to spy on their every move.  Then in April 2017, Uber customers discovered how the company had secretly tagged their phones even after they deleted its app, according to a new report.  Now comes news that Android phones have been secretly collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers since the start of 2017, even when location services are disabled.  With BlackBerry having lost the majority of its market share and Microsoft having ceased to support their Windows phones, who does that leave us to trust?

iPhone X Screen Freezing In Cold Weather Apple's iPhone X Is A Delicate Little Mimosa (The Flower, Not The Drink)
iPhone X Screen Freezing In Cold Weather
by Charles Mohapel

A significant number of Canadian owners of Apple's brand new iPhone X have noticed that when they moved from a warm interior to the colder outdoors, their touchscreen stops working.  And it's still the first half of November.  On its website, Apple advises customers that its products are optimized to work best under "acceptable" temperatures, which it says is a range between 0 and 35 degrees Celsius (32 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit).  To paraphrase Londo Mollari from 'Babylon 5', "Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package.  How efficient of you, Apple."  We guess Apple really doesn't care about their loyal customers in cold weather states like Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Illinois, Michigan, Upper New York State, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont, plus Canada which realized the Apple iPhone X was a delicate little Mimosa (the flower, not the drink).  Apple announced that it will soon send out an easy fix for the problem, but we'll believe it when we see it.

DC Podfest 2017 For Two Days in November, Podcasters Rule in DC
DC Podfest 2017
by Ernest Lilley

Podcasting is exploding. More than time delayed radio, it's a whole different way of getting information when you want and what you want. November 10-11 in Washington, DC, veteran and aspiring podcasters will come together to learn from the best and network with other podcasters.

Harman Kardon Invoke Intelligent Speaker with Cortana Hey Cortana, Joins Alexa and OK Google in MS/Harmon Kardon's Invoke AI Speaker
Harman Kardon Invoke Intelligent Speaker with Cortana
by Ernest Lilley

Microsoft has now joined the ranks of Amazon Echo and Google Home with the Harmon Kardon Invoke, which responds to "Hey Cortana." Or maybe just "Cortana. So, you probably shouldn’t play Halo around it. It sounds great, as a Harmon Kardon speaker should, and may just give the other brands some competition.

KRACKs And ROCA Security Protocol Vulnerabilities: Routers At Risk Routers Running WPA And WPA2 VERY Vulnerable To Attack
KRACKs And ROCA Security Protocol Vulnerabilities: Routers At Risk
by Charles Mohapel

If you thought WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access II) provided you with secure Wi-Fi encryption, it was for roughly 13 years, but due to a recently discovered critical vulnerability in the WPA2 protocol called KRACKs (Key Reinstallation Attacks), MOST modern Wi-Fi networks are vulnerable to this attack.  And if you're arrogant enough to think that you're protected because you're running a Mac OS or some flavor of Linux, you're in for a VERY rude awakening.  As of this moment, only Windows users who applied the updates of October 10th, 2017 are protected.

The Best Hardware, Software, And AI -- Together Google Canada Introduces Pixel 2 Smartphone And So Much More
The Best Hardware, Software, And AI -- Together
by Charles Mohapel

On Tuesday October 3, 2017, Google Canada (and Google USA), introduced the the new cutting edge Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, Pixel Buds, Pixelbook laptop, Pixelbook Pen, Google Home Mini assistant, and Google Daydream View mobile VR headset to the media, with the Official Launch Date being Wednesday October 4th.  With the exception of the Pixel Buds and Pixelbook, all other products were available for pre-order as of the launch date.  As of that date, the Pixelbook is available for pre-order in all provinces, except for Quebec.  Google is busily working to bring Pixelbook to Quebec in the future.  Check the website for upcoming delivery dates.

Windows Phone Is Now Officially Dead: A Sad Tale Of What Might Have Been Expect Nothing New From Windows Phone, Just Bug Fixes And Security Updates
Windows Phone Is Now Officially Dead: A Sad Tale Of What Might Have Been
by Charles Mohapel

In case you were one of the few smartphone owners still using a handset running Windows Phone 7, 8, or 8.1, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore confirmed Microsoft is no longer developing new hardware or new features for Windows Mobile 8.1.  While existing supported phones will receive bug fixes and security updates, Windows Mobile 8.1 is now in maintenance mode, with no mention of when even that support will cease.

Internet of Things House Preview on Capitol Hill
IoT House
by Ernest Lilley

InterDigital develops solutions for intelligent networks with self-optimizing capabilities and ha...cont

Say Hello To The Future -- Using Apple's Stunning iPhone X
The Future Is Here: iPhone X
by Charles Mohapel

It's not even our birthday and Apple has outdone itself.  The iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 ...cont

Apple Announces Next Gen iPhone 8 And iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 8 And iPhone 8 Plus: A New Generation Of iPhone​
by Charles Mohapel

September 12, 2017 saw Apple introduce the new 4.7-inch iPhone 8 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus, ...cont

Finding Aviation History In Lake Ontario
Avro Arrow Test Model Found In Lake Ontario: Expedition Team
by Charles Mohapel

For years many Canadians have reviled former Canadian Prime Minister John G. Diefenbaker, the lea...cont

Don't Look Now, But Google Drive PC App Dies Next March
Prepare To Update, Because Google Drive PC App Dies Next March
by Charles Mohapel

If you use Google Drive on your PC or Mac, but missed the July announcement that it will be repla...cont

Escape Velocity 2017 - SciFi and Science at he Museum of Science Fiction's DC Event
Escape Velocity 2017
by Ernest Lilley

The Museum of Science Fiction's annual sci-fi and science expo is coming to DC over Labor Day...cont

Sir Terry Pratchett's Last Wishes Honored
Terry Pratchett's Unpublished Works Crushed By Steamroller
by Charles Mohapel

It's good to see that the last request of the late Sir Terry Pratchett was honored, even if i...cont

The Tick - Superhero Parody or Super Perceptive? Both.
The Tick - Amazon Prime Original Content
by Ernest Lilley

In a world where superheroes are real, if not quite normal, Arthur Everest is an accountant. Not ...cont

NASA Shows Us Cassini's Finest Hour Before Next Month's End of Mission
Cassini: The Wonder of Saturn
by Ernest Lilley

The Cassini probe wraps up its 13 year mission on September 15 and NASA/JPL have put together a b...cont

Totality or Nothing - TechRevu's Photo Coverage of the 2017-08-21 Eclipse
Total Eclipse 2017
by Ernest Lilley

If you weren't in the path of totality , you may have experieced a partial eclipse. If so, th...cont

Mars Day @ The National Air & Space Museum
Mars Day @ The National Air & Space Museum
by Ernest Lilley

On July 20th, we celebrated th 48th anniversary of Apollo 11's mission to the moon, but the v...cont

Will Lexar Be Relegated To Being A Wikipedia Entry?
R.I.P. Lexar Memory Cards
by Charles Mohapel

To say that we're stunned to read that Micron is shutting down their entire line of Lexar bra...cont

Sennheiser Uses Revolutionary AMBEO 3D Audio To Enhance 'Revolution' Exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA)
Sennheiser AMBEO 3D Audio Enhances 'Revolution' Exhibit at the MMFA
by Charles Mohapel

Forget your Father's Surround Sound and look to Sennheiser's revolutionary AMBEO 3D Audio...cont

Who Doesn't Love A Good SSTO Spaceplane?
Phantom Express
by Ernest Lilley

DARPA has tapped Boeing to develop a SIngle Stage to Orbit plane for satellite delivery dubbed th...cont

Samsung Just Unveiled The Widest Computer Monitor You Can Buy -- Here's How It Looks In Person
Samsung Just Unveiled The Widest Computer Monitor You Can Buy
by Charles Mohapel

Are you a REALLY serious gamer?  Do you edit lots of video or photos?  Then look for th...cont

iPad Pro, In 10.5-inch And 12.9-inch Models, Introduces The World's Most Advanced Display And Breakthrough Performance
Apple's New iPad Pro Introduces The World's Most Advanced Display
by Charles Mohapel

By the time you read this, Apple is scheduled to have begun shipping the all-new 10.5-inch iPad P...cont

Apple Promises Powerful New Features In This Fall's iOS 11 Release
iOS 11 Brings Powerful New Features To iPhone And iPad This Fall
by Charles Mohapel

On Monday June 5, 2017, Apple teased us with a little foretaste of iOS 11, but we'll have to ...cont

Gigantic Leak Exposes Millions Of Accounts -- Change Your Passwords NOW
Change Your Passwords. Now.
by Charles Mohapel

Having received several warnings in the last 2 days to reset our passwords on various unrelated a...cont

Proposal By NASA Scientists Could Change Pluto's Status Again
Will Pluto Get Its Planethood Back?
by Charles Mohapel

In 2006 Pluto was downgraded from a full-fledged planet to a dwarf planet, but many people, inclu...cont

SpaceX's Falcon 9 Launched Successfully, Cargo Craft Fails To Dock With Space Station
CRS-10 Mission In Photos (Ongoing)
by Charles Mohapel

On February 19, 2017, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon spacecraft onboard, lifted of...cont

Tech News/Leads

Cyber-attack: US and UK Blame North Korea For WannaCry US, UK, Australia, Canada, And New Zealand All Blame North Korea For WannaCry Cyberattack Cyber-attack: US and UK Blame North Korea For WannaCry

On a more serious note than the childish leaders of the United States and North Korea trying to o...more

Video Tripod Manager 44 Rolling Case Provides Hard Case Protection with Soft Case Convenience Think Tank Photo Introduces The Video Tripod Manager 44 Rolling Case For Professional Videographers Video Tripod Manager 44 Rolling Case Provides Hard Case Protection with Soft Case Convenience

On Monday December 11, 2017, Think Tank Photo introduced their newest product intended for profes...more

Solar Eclipse Damage to Woman's Eye Revealed in Striking Images You Were Told NOT To Look Directly At A Solar Eclipse -- Here's Why Not! Solar Eclipse Damage to Woman's Eye Revealed in Striking Images

For countless years people have been told NOT to look directly at a solar eclipse, but every time...more

The Airport Advantage Plus Rolling Camera Bag Maximizes Camera Gear for International Flights Think Tank Photo Introduces New Airport Advantage Plus Rolling Camera Bag The Airport Advantage Plus Rolling Camera Bag Maximizes Camera Gear for International Flights

With airlines cutting back on the size and weight of international carry-on bags, Think Tank Phot...more

Apple Closes Login Security Hole In macOS High Sierra Critical Security Hole In macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Plugged Apple Closes Login Security Hole In macOS High Sierra

On Tuesday November 28th, 2017, computer experts revealed a critical security hole in Apple's...more

Wingsuit Fliers Jump Into Plane Flying Over Swiss Alps You Have To See These Amazing Professional Wingsuit Flyers In Action Wingsuit Fliers Jump Into Plane Flying Over Swiss Alps

If you ever saw the 2003 film "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" with Angelina Jolie an...more

Enter to Win $1000 / $750 / $500 in Think Tank and MindShift Gear Check Out The Awesome Contest From Think Tank Photo and MindShift Gear Contest Enter to Win $1000 / $750 / $500 in Think Tank and MindShift Gear

Ever since we heard of Think Tank Photo and the care they put into their camera bags and accessor...more

Cotton Carrier's Black Friday Wheel Of Fortune Spin The Wheel *15 -- 40% Off Guaranteed Cotton Carrier's Black Friday Wheel Of Fortune

Cotton Carrier makes a great line of accessories aimed for the Serious Photographer and several t...more

Happy Halloween - Win A Roller Full Of Candy! Think Tank Photo Halloween 'Treat Or Treat' Happy Halloween - Win A Roller Full Of Candy!

Our good friends at Think Tank Photo have come up with a very special Halloween contest for photo...more

Hewlett-Packard Historical Archives Destroyed In Santa Rosa Fires Criminal Stupidity Let Invaluable Hewlett-Packard Historical Archives Go Up In Flames Hewlett-Packard Historical Archives Destroyed In Santa Rosa Fires

What kind of intelligent businesspeople store irreplaceable historically and financially valuable...more

Sennheiser AMBEO SMART HEADSET Now Shipping Introduced At CES 2017, Sennheiser AMBEO SMART HEADSET With Lightning Connector Now Shipping Sennheiser AMBEO SMART HEADSET Now Shipping

After debuting at CES 2017, people wondered when the Sennheiser AMBEO SMART HEADSET, the audio sp...more

Sennheiser Updates An In-Ear Masterpiece Treat Yourself To The Groundbreaking IE 800 Ear-Canal Headphones Sennheiser Updates An In-Ear Masterpiece

The groundbreaking IE 800 ear-canal headphones had been Sennheiser's best but on more

A New Reference For Today's Audiophile Listening The Sennheiser HD 660 S Headphones Are Their New Reference Headphones A New Reference For Today's Audiophile Listening

Until now, the legendary Sennheiser HD 650 headphones were the company's flagship open d...more

MindShift Gear's BackLight 36L Outdoor Photography Backpack Offers Expanded Capacity MindShift Gear's BackLight 26L Outdoor Photography Backpack Gets 36L Big Brother MindShift Gear's BackLight 36L Outdoor Photography Backpack Offers Expanded Capacity

If you loved the Mindshift Gear BackLight 26L Outdoor Photography Backpack, but wanted a larger v...more

Manfrotto Owner Vitec Has Acquired Lowepro And JOBY For $10.3 Million In Cash The Vitec Group Just Bought Lowepro And JOBY For A Relative Pittance Manfrotto Owner Vitec Has Acquired Lowepro And JOBY For $10.3 Million In Cash

Call us flabbergasted at hearing that the Vitec Group, which owns Manfrotto and Gitzo, has just a...more

Apple TV Adds 4K And HDR To The Apple TV

Today Apple announced the Next Gen Apple TV 4K with support for both 4K and High Dynamic Range (H...more

Apple Announces Next Gen Apple Watch Series 3 With Powerful New Enhancements

Lost among all the annual speculation on the Next Gen Apple iPhones, how many people gave much th...more

Nikon Patents 2 Full Frame Mirrorless Lenses, But What Does It Mean In The Long-Term?

We liked reading the news that Nikon has patented 2 Full Frame mirrorless lenses, but what does i...more

Grilling The Perfect Steak... With No Holes

Whether you cook your steak on the BBQ or in a frying pan on top of the stove, you want to know i...more

Sony's Flagship Mirrorless Now Has Touchscreen and Blazing Speed

Though Sony's mirrorless a6500 looks  a lot like its a6000 and a6300 siblings, it's ...more

New Spectral Shoulder Bags Feature One-Handed Gear Access and Increased Protection from Theft and the Elements

On August 22nd, 2017, Think Tank Photo introduced the new Spectral shoulder bag line, featuring t...more

Full-Frame, Extreme Speed & Epic Resolution: The New Nikon D850 DSLR Defines Professional Versatility

On August 24th, 2017, Nikon announced its new flagship professional, the 45.7-megapixel Nikon D85...more

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