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Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Jul 15, 2019 at 18:26.

Rotten Tomatoes Diversifies Its System In Huge Tomatometer Overhaul

Rotten Tomatoes Diversifies Its System In Huge Tomatometer Overhaul

Rotten Tomatoes has faced criticism from filmmakers and fans alike for the way its Tomatometer scale of ranking films as “Fresh” or “Rotten” skews audience expectations. On Tuesday, the critic review aggregator made some big changes to its scoring system and added a ton of new “Tomatometer-approved” critics to mix things up. We’re sure that this will piss off somebody.

Last year, the...

Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Jul 15, 2019 at 18:16.

The Y2K Moment For GPS Systems Is Just a Month Away

The Y2K Moment For GPS Systems Is Just a Month Away

Do you know where you’ll be on April 6, 2019? If you heavily rely on GPS, you may not be able to determine where you are when that date rolls around. That’s because GPS navigation technology was originally built with a short-sighted timekeeping system that will reset next month and has the potential to cause chaos.

When the Y2K bug threatened to throw global computer systems out of whack at...

Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Jul 15, 2019 at 17:45.

As Massive Outage Plagues Facebook, Telegram Welcomes Millions of New Users

As Massive Outage Plagues Facebook, Telegram Welcomes Millions of New Users

Slowly but surely, it appears that Facebook is getting its “family of apps ” back online. The consequences of the longest outage in the company’s history, however, remain to be seen. On Thursday, one of Facebook’s underrecognized competitors, Telegram, said that it added three million new users in the last 24 hours. When it comes to Facebook’s long-term plans, that’s bad news.

Earlier this...

Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Jul 15, 2019 at 15:47.

What Does Trump's Weird Tweet About '6G Technology' Even Mean? (Update)

What Does Trump's Weird Tweet About '6G Technology' Even Mean? (Update)

Sometimes a leader comes along who inspires us to push harder, go farther, and dream big. On Thursday, President Donald J. Trump tried to become that kind of leader, calling on Americans to develop “6G” technology. We think. The message wasn’t particularly clear. We’re all working through it.

This morning, the president used his executive time to tweet out a two-parter seemingly referencing

Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Jul 15, 2019 at 15:25.

Sesame Street's VC Arm Dips Its Furry Fingers Into Tech Education [Updated]

<i>Sesame Street</i>'s VC Arm Dips Its Furry Fingers Into Tech Education [Updated]

Most adults couldn’t even explain the basics of how the blockchain works, and Sesame Street is determined to make sure that won’t be a problem for the next generation. The children’s edutainment series has a venture capital firm that has now invested in a company that wants to give kids the building blocks of cryptocurrency.

It’s certainly an uncomfortable feeling to realize that one of...

Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Jul 15, 2019 at 15:19.

Elon Musk to SEC: You Can't Make Me Never Tweet

Elon Musk to SEC: You Can't Make Me Never Tweet

On Monday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk filed his response to an SEC request to that a federal court hold him in contempt for violating a settlement agreement . In the filing, Musk argues that restrictions on his tweeting amount to an “unconstitutional power grab” by the SEC and that he didn’t even violate the agreement anyway.

The battle in federal court is the latest episode in a saga that kicked off...

Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Jul 15, 2019 at 12:07.

Reality Winner Hit With Record-Setting Sentence for Election Hack Leaks

Reality Winner Hit With Record-Setting Sentence for Election Hack Leaks

In a move that will likely have a chilling effect for potential whistleblowers and journalistic sources, Reality Winner has been sentenced to 63 months in federal prison for leaking government documents regarding Russian attempts to hack voter registration databases and election officials. Prosecutors said it was the longest sentence ever given for providing classified information to the...

Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Jul 15, 2019 at 11:10.

Infowars Infected With Credit Card-Stealing Malware, Alex Jones Claims It’s a Conspiracy

Infowars Infected With Credit Card-Stealing Malware, Alex Jones Claims It’s a Conspiracy

Customers of the Infowars store are getting scammed every day but this time it’s different. A security researcher discovered a form of malware embedded in the conspiracy site’s checkout process that records credit card details and transmits them to a remote server.

ZDNet interviewed Dutch security researcher Willem de Groot about his discovery of a strain of malware known as Magecart on the...

Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Jul 15, 2019 at 10:40.

What's at Stake in Qualcomm's Blockbuster FTC Antitrust Trial

What's at Stake in Qualcomm's Blockbuster FTC Antitrust Trial

On Friday, Qualcomm finally entered in a courtroom to defend itself against antitrust charges that have been in the works for years. For the chipmaker, its fundamental business model is at risk. For the Federal Trade Commission, it’s a chance to finally get an antitrust win that isn’t just a symbolic settlement and really bite into the inherently conflicting relationship between patents and...

Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Jul 15, 2019 at 10:36.

Well, Mark Zuckerberg's 2019 Challenge Is Going to Be Awkward

Well, Mark Zuckerberg's 2019 Challenge Is Going to Be Awkward
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It’s that time of year, again. Time for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to announce his annual personal challenge. In previous years, he did normal things like vowing to learn how to speak Mandarin. Then, life got messy and last year he pledged that he would only work on fixing Facebook. This year,...

Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Jul 15, 2019 at 02:15.

Nasty Adobe Bug Deleted $250,000-Worth of Man's Files, Lawsuit Claims

Nasty Adobe Bug Deleted $250,000-Worth of Man's Files, Lawsuit Claims

A freelance videographer has filed a class action lawsuit against Adobe on behalf of mortified users that watched their files vanish due to a bug in video-editing software Premiere Pro. Even if this nightmare scenario hasn’t come up yet, all Premiere users should take note.

The lawsuit was filed in a California district court last week by Dave Cooper. He alleges that an update to Premiere Pro...

Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Jul 15, 2019 at 00:28.

Facebook's New Office Looks Like a Tree House Built by an Incompetent Dad

Facebook's New Office Looks Like a Tree House Built by an Incompetent Dad

“We’re a culture of builders,” Janelle Gale, Facebook’s VP of Human Resouces, says in a new video promoting the company’s lavish new office in Menlo Park, California. Gale believes that the recently completed piece of architecture accurately reflects the kind of culture that Facebook has built. We agree.

For years, Facebook has worked with starchitect Frank Gehry to design its offices around...

Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Jul 14, 2019 at 23:08.

Indian Teen Wanted FBI to Recover Stolen Bitcoin, So He Threatened to Blow Up Miami Airport: Reports

Indian Teen Wanted FBI to Recover Stolen Bitcoin, So He Threatened to Blow Up Miami Airport: Reports

This probably isn’t the best way to get the FBI’s attention.

Multiple outlets in India reported over the weekend that an unnamed 18-year-old boy from the Jalaun district is being charged with multiple crimes after he called the FBI about 50 times with bomb threats against the Miami International Airport. Local authorities were contacted by the American law enforcement agency and said an...

Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Jul 14, 2019 at 22:11.

Gmail Will Soon Let You Turn Off Those Damn Smart Replies

Gmail Will Soon Let You Turn Off Those Damn Smart Replies

“That’s great news!”

The Wall Street Journal spoke with numerous Gmail users who are a little weirded out by the now-fully rolled out Smart Reply feature that scans your email for context and suggests three potential replies. Among the anecdotes about awkward interactions and giving up our personhood to the machines, the piece also revealed that Google will soon make the feature optional on...

Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Jul 14, 2019 at 20:19.

Southwest Airlines Reportedly Under Investigation for Miscalculating Baggage Weight

Southwest Airlines Reportedly Under Investigation for Miscalculating Baggage Weight

For the last year, the Federal Aviation Administration has been conducting an investigation into Southwest Airlines’ practices for tracking the weight of baggage loaded onto its jets, according to documents seen by the Wall Street Journal. The regulator has reportedly considered these weight inaccuracies to be a “high-risk concern.”

According to the Journal, Southwest Airlines differs from...

Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Jul 14, 2019 at 19:08.

Apple Is Blowing It

Apple Is Blowing It

On Tuesday, Apple will report its first-quarter earnings, and financial analysts are expecting dire results. Virtually every facet of Apple’s reputation for innovation, quality, and desirability has been tarnished in one way or another. And at a moment when it appeared to be building its brand as the choice for privacy, it’s suddenly found itself embroiled in an embarrassing privacy scandal...

Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Jul 14, 2019 at 15:51.

Netflix Tests New System That Lets It Avoid Paying Apple

Netflix Tests New System That Lets It Avoid Paying Apple

Netflix is reportedly looking to become the latest tech giant to avoid paying out fees to Apple’s App Store. If you find yourself unable to access your account through the app on your Apple device, you may need to re-signup through a browser. For Apple’s cash cow service, this is bad news.

The App Store generated about $11.5 billion in revenue for Apple last year. That money comes from the...

Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Jul 14, 2019 at 13:27.

Tim Cook Defends Apple Being Paid Billions by Google

Tim Cook Defends Apple Being Paid Billions by Google

Over the last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook has made it a point to call out tech companies for indiscriminately collecting data on users and disregarding concerns about privacy. But one issue with his criticism is that Apple gets paid a boatload of money from Google for making its search engine the default on its devices. In a new interview, Cook finally addressed that issue.

Cook sat down with

Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Jul 14, 2019 at 12:51.

The First Dumb Meme Accident of 2019 Is Here

The First Dumb Meme Accident of 2019 Is Here

We made it 11 days into 2019 without a meme-inspired accident, but that’s all over now. Someone has officially failed the “Bird Box Challenge.”

If you aren’t aware, the hot new trend is to try driving in traffic while blindfolded. Inspired by the Netflix movie Bird Box (in which a blindfolded Sandra Bullock walks around trying not to see a scary monster), the Bird Box Challenge falls somewhere...

Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Jul 14, 2019 at 12:31.

Nasty WhatsApp Bug Left Users Vulnerable to Attack by Simply Answering a Video Call

Nasty WhatsApp Bug Left Users Vulnerable to Attack by Simply Answering a Video Call

On Tuesday, a researcher for Google’s Project Zero security team published a report revealing how WhatsApp users could lose control of their account just by answering a video call from a bad actor.

Natalie Silvanovich ‏published her findings on Google’s Chromium blog and explained that the vulnerability was discovered in August and was promptly reported to WhatsApp’s parent company Facebook.

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