How Individuals Spoke about iTunes When it Very first Released

The iTunes store in 2003, two years after it first launchedScreenshot: Getty ImagesIt’s official. Apple announced yesterday that it would begin killing off iTunes, one of the company’s most important software products ever. And, to be honest, there isn’t much love lost, since iTunes has become widely reviled by most users in recent years. But…

Meet the Deepfake Zuck, Same as the Flesh Zuck

Deepfake Zuck, seen here gazing directly into your eyes.Screenshot: Bill Posters (Instagram)Mark Zuckerberg may be famed for looking and acting like a (slightly damp) synthetic being trying to infiltrate human society, but a team of artists working with advertising company Canny appears to built a software version of the Facebook CEO that could one day…

Apple pledges to notify users of possible iPhone slowdowns

Back in late 2017, a Reddit user benchmarked his iPhone before and after replacing its battery and found that its CPU performance improved following the battery change. Apple later admitted that it intentionally throttled phones with aging batteries and apologized by offering out-of-warranty battery replacements for $29, $50 less than usual. The tech giant also…

LTE defects let hackers ‘quickly’ spoof presidential alerts

Security vulnerabilities in LTE can allow hackers to “easily” spoof presidential alerts sent to mobile phones in the event of a national emergency. Using off-the-shelf equipment and open-source software, a working exploit made it possible to send a simulated alert to every phone in a 50,000-seat football stadium with little effort, with the potential of…

Ransomware attacks in US cities are utilizing a stolen NSA tool

Microsoft has issued fixes for affected Windows version after the NSA disclosed the long-secret vulnerabilities. However, these attacks frequently succeed due to fragmented local governments that tend to be cautious about upgrades. In addition to using a mishmash of software and configurations that complicates updates, cities may be hesitant to patch or upgrade their software…