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GitHub Launches Electron App, Calls It ‘The New Native’

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Electron is a platform that makes it easier for developers of desktop apps to target multiple operating systems, but it leads to bloated, resource-hungry macOS apps. Gross, GitHub.

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MotherHydra
16 hours ago
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Erm, bokay they can call it whatever they like, folks already have Electron's number, so to speak.
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Apple releases iOS 11.3.1 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 security update

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Apple has rolled iOS 11.3.1 and a macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 security update. Here are Apple’s release notes for the former:

iOS 11.3.1 improves the security of your iPhone or iPad and addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 8 devices because they were serviced with non-genuine replacement displays. 

Note: Non-genuine replacement displays may have compromised visual quality and may fail to work correctly. Apple-certified screen repairs are performed by trusted experts who use genuine Apple parts. See support.apple.com for more information.

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iOS 11.3.1 can be downloaded for free on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. Go to Settings --> General --> Software Update. 

Apple says the security update for macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 improves security. The upgrade can be downloaded at the Mac App Store or via the Software Update function in the Mac App Store on Macs that are already running macOS High Sierra.


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MotherHydra
20 hours ago
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No more aftermarket or OEM screens getting NERF'd but folks still get the screwolla because the ambient sensor will often be disabled. So this is how Apple is going to fight "right to repair" legislation? FUN.
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Massive Attack's landmark album to be coded in DNA

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Massive Attach's third studio album will celebrate its 20th birthday by being miniaturized and stored in ...

British electronic music icon Massive Attack is marking the 20th anniversary of the release of its most successful album – Mezzanine – by having it stored in DNA molecules. Digital audio will be translated into genetic code and stored in DNA strands housed in tiny glass beads.

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“Annoying to put on clothes,” Kochi City official arrested for taking out garbage naked | SoraNews24

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public indecency is defined by the intent of showing people your junk rather than incidentally letting it all hang out, if you’ll excuse my legal jargon.

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MotherHydra
2 days ago
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I did not know this, also this story is classic Japan.
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Regarding Linus Sebastian’s Damaged iMac Pro Saga

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Joe Rossignol has an excellent piece at MacRumors on the saga of Linus Sebastian’s iMac Pro that Apple has declined to repair:

After the repair was declined by Apple, Sebastian and his team contacted an Apple Authorized Service Provider in Canada, where they are located. The repair shop also declined the repair, but their reason was allegedly that Apple has yet to offer the required certification courses to service the iMac Pro.

However, Apple’s internal iMac Pro Service Readiness Guide obtained by MacRumors states that ATLAS online training and learning resources for servicing the iMac Pro have been available in English since December. We also spoke to multiple sources who completed the course and received certification months ago.

The guide adds that iMac Pro service parts availability began in early to mid January, with replacement logic boards, flash storage, and memory available by late February. Multiple sources at Apple Authorized Service Providers also confirmed that iMac Pro displays are available with two-week-or-less delivery estimates.

MacRumors contacted a reliable source who confirmed that Apple Authorized Service Providers are permitted to deny service for any product that has been opened or modified by a customer, regardless of warranty, both for safety reasons and to avoid responsibility if the machine cannot be fixed.

Sebastian’s video about his saga is deeply disingenuous — he makes it sound as though Apple isn’t able to repair any iMac Pro with a damaged display. As Rossignol’s reporting makes clear, that’s not true. On the surface it does sound wrong that Apple refuses to repair Sebastian’s iMac Pro, even though he’s willing to pay for it. But in car terms, Apple is saying his iMac is totaled. Apple — or at least the technicians and Genius Bar staffers who’ve looked at it — want no part of this machine, for legitimate reasons.

See also: Rene Ritchie’s video on the saga.

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MotherHydra
3 days ago
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I legitimately turned away machines in that exact state. Totaled is a good way of saying there is zero confidence that drop didn’t damage something else on the board that will start acting up, intermittently, as those issues often do. Apple deserves most of the hate being heaped on them these days but I’m 100% on their side in this instance. If you can’t install RAM without breaking the screen that is on you fucker, quit crying wolf to the tech press and pundits.
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tingham
3 days ago
I'll just chime in with the old, "Everyone's got a story, and most of them are lies." Obviously don't know if that's the case in this instance but from my years working support; well...
peelman
3 days ago
i agree with the sentiment. But this is another area where Apple could make a clearer policy they could point to. but, to borrow from ATP, that’s so East Coast, it’s much easier to leave things vague and ambiguous.
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Google Gives Up on Allo, Backs Unencrypted Successor to SMS

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Dieter Bohn, writing for The Verge:

Instead of bringing a better app to the table, it’s trying to change the rules of the texting game, on a global scale. Google has been quietly corralling every major cellphone carrier on the planet into adopting technology to replace SMS. It’s going to be called “Chat,” and it’s based on a standard called the “Universal Profile for Rich Communication Services.” SMS is the default that everybody has to fall back to, and so Google’s goal is to make that default texting experience on an Android phone as good as other modern messaging apps.

As part of that effort, Google says it’s “pausing” work on its most recent entry into the messaging space, Allo. It’s the sort of “pause” that involves transferring almost the entire team off the project and putting all its resources into another app, Android Messages. […]

But remember, Chat is a carrier-based service, not a Google service. It’s just “Chat,” not “Google Chat.” In a sign of its strategic importance to Google, the company has spearheaded development on the new standard, so that every carrier’s Chat services will be interoperable. But, like SMS, Chat won’t be end-to-end encrypted, and it will follow the same legal intercept standards. In other words: it won’t be as secure as iMessage or Signal.

It is unconscionable for Google to back a new protocol that isn’t end-to-end encrypted. End-to-end encryption is table stakes for any new communication platform today. Apple should ignore this — if it’s not secure it should be a non-starter.

Walt Mossberg:

Bottom line: Google builds an insecure messaging system controlled by carriers who are in bed with governments everywhere at exactly the time when world publics are more worried about data collection and theft than ever.

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jhamill
2 days ago
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How dare Google start to support an open standard in the hopes of merging their messaging services and being interoperable with all carriers! How dare Google not make the followup to SMS encrypted! How dare Google have so much power to control this open standard! How dare Google....!
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dnorman
2 days ago
if the open standard doesn't include end-to-end encryption in 2018, it's broken, incomplete, and dangerous.
MotherHydra
3 days ago
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Google is a de-facto arm of the deep state, I’m surprised anyone is surprised they would back unencrypted messaging.
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peelman
3 days ago
ok, well, leaving my tinfoil hat off for the moment: RCS was born out of the old 3G spec that birthed MMS, and is a lot more than just text chat. as a local carrier, it’s on our list to implement just as soon as we finish virtualizing our Metaswitch later this spring. i can’t comment on its lack of encryption, if that’s a technical issue or a political one, or if it’s merely and option that nobody is discussing yet.
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