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The Apocalypticon ~ Bad Chinese, data, crypto-creep, Police fraud, Chrome, Vaxxing, MMR, trash, Antarctic humans, Faceyuck, garlic, onions, sleep

Driving a car in 1909? Carry a gun — Life wasn’t easy for women in the early 20th century and race car driver and motorist Dorothy Levitt knew that for a fact, so published The Woman and the Car: A Chatty Little Handbook for all Women who Motor or Who Want to Motor in 1909. It tells women how to take care of themselves and their cars, and reminds them to always carry a gun.
‘Bad’ Chinese can’t use the train — China’s dystopian ‘social credit’ system penalises citizens found to have engaged in some type of misconduct by imposing a number of restrictions on their activities. This has already resulted in tens of millions of rejected attempts to purchase plane or train tickets. [All praise Xi Jinping.]
On data — Security researchers Bob Diachenko and Vinny Troia discovered an unprotected MongoDB database  belonging to an email verification service containing 150GB of detailed, plaintext marketing data, including hundreds of millions of unique email addresses.
Winnipeg police update their devices with fraudulent data — Winnipeg police have arrested a manager with the city for allegedly updating police radios with fraudulent software he got from a person considered to be a security threat by the US Department of Homeland Security. [Doh! But hey, he saved his department some money.]
Chrome meltdown — Google said this week that a Chrome zero-day the company patched last week was actually used together with a second one, a zero-day impacting the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.
Artificial AI — Two-fifths of Europe’s AI startups do not use any AI programs in their products, according to a report that highlights the hype around the technology.
Crypto-wallets finally unlocked, but proved empty — The money was there, it was just locked away. At least that’s what the QuadrigaCX cryptocurrency exchange had been saying, before an auditor revealed it had finally accessed digital wallets set up by Quadriga’s late CEO Gerald Cotten, and that instead of holding US$137 million, the wallets were empty, drained in 2018. [Don’t invest in things you don’t understand.]

Trash talking — Gizmodo has reached out to a number of experts in geography, paleobiology, environmental science, engineering and more to figure out the absolute worst trash that humans produce. [I will stick with Donald Trump, but Xi Iinping, you’re up there.]
Microplastics host ocean-borne toxic bacteria — Plastic pollutants in the ocean serve as platforms for the growth of toxic bacteria, say scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS). 
Human footprint surprisingly big in Antarctica — Antarctica is huge, stretching nearly 5,633km at its widest extent. Despite its enormous size, however, the frozen continent features a paltry amount of habitable space: a limited resource humans have claimed to the potential detriment of the local wildlife, as new research points out.
Nature strikes back! That’s the shared theme of these 10 eco-horror movies Gizmodo has compiled in honour of Garbage Week, all tales of terrible punishments that transpire when the environment lashes out against evil, wasteful, and destructive humans.
Deflecting asteroids … not easy! According to new asteroid collision models designed by scientists at Johns Hopkins University, deflecting a large rock headed for Earth will be harder than previously thought.
US Army reckons war robots won’t murder people [OK, two words: war robots.]

MMR does not increase autism risk — The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is not associated with an increased risk of autism even among kids who are at high risk because they have a sibling with the disorder, a Danish study suggests.
Adult son of anti-vaccination parents furious after contracting measles —Joshua Nerius of Chicago, Illinois, had no idea he wasn’t vaccinated until he came down with the highly contagious disease in 2016. But Facebook reckons it’s working on dealing with anti-vax poropganda.

Faceyuck — All the bad press about Facebook might be catching up to the company. New numbers from Edison Research show an an estimated 15 million fewer users in the United States compared to 2017, with the biggest drop is in the very desirable 12- to 34-year-old group. [Maybe Facebook should just rename itself ‘Faceplant’.]

Good news: The consumption of onions and garlic is associated with lower colorectal cancer risk, according to researchers in China. [Presumably, these researchers are allowed to get the train.]
And broken DNA is repaired while you sleep — Scientists have discovered that broken DNA builds up in brain cells in the daytime and repair work reverses the damage only during sleep. For an act so universal, sleep has enormous benefits: it restores the body and helps learning and memory. In the calm hours of sleep, the repair mechanisms at a neuron level have a chance to get on top of the job. 

iPod 14, Hey Siri, Music costs, WiFi Assist suit, iPhone 7, iMovie update, Chrome, Facebook drain, weather app tips


Steve Jobs introduced the iPod 14 years ago today — Fourteen years ago, Apple was beginning to come back from the brink, led by the late CEO and co-founder of the company Steve Jobs. On October 23, 2001, Jobs introduced the device that is credited with jumpstarting the company’s fortunes, making CDs and other MP3 players obsolete, and pointing the direction towards consuming music and other media off of thin, lightweight and pocketable devices – the iPod.

iPhone 6s stops listening for ‘Hey Siri’ when it’s in your pocket or face down on a table — Apple’s new iPhone 6s utilises its M9 coprocessor for “Hey Siri” input, allowing it to always listen for voice commands. Well, almost always. [Hey, good idea.]

Apple Music costs Pandora — Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews on Friday said he expects listenership to rebound after seeing Apple Music contribute to a decline of 1.3 million active users for the third quarter of 2015, noting the launch of Apple’s streaming service is having roughly the same impact as that of iTunes Radio in 2013.

Apple sued for failing to properly warn owners of the price of iOS 9’s Wi-Fi Assist feature — Another day, another lawsuit. Apple has been hit with a class action lawsuit claiming that the company failed to properly warn users that the new Wi-Fi Assist feature in iOS 9 will use data from their cellular plan, reports AppleInsider. [‘I buy your device but I’m unhappy with some of the features …’]

Let the iPhone 7 speculation begin … The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus went on sale less than a month ago, so, of course, it’s time for the rumours and speculation about the iPhone 7 to begin.

Apple updates iMovie for iOS with 4K video support for iPad Air 2, bug fixes — Apple on Thursday released an update to its iMovie video editing app for iOS, bringing 4K support to iPad Air 2 hardware running iOS 9.1 and addressing a number of bugs including an import issue with iCloud Drive.

Chrome for iOS picks up iOS 9’s iPad multitasking features, Facebook Search expands to public posts — Google on Thursday updated the iOS edition of Chrome with support for iOS 9’s multitasking features, while Facebook updated its Web and app interfaces with wider search functions, including the ability to see any public post.

Facebook issues a partial fix to battery-draining iOS app — The Facebook app for iOS has been the target of a lot of abuse from users lately thanks to its propensity to use more power than it should. Yesterday, Facebook pushed out a partial fix to the app and explained what was causing the battery-killing issue.

Using Weather Apps on your iPhone? Here are some insider tips — Weather apps, especially on the iPhone or iPad, are usually great looking and informative when it comes to the conditions and forecast. However, for some kinds of data, it requires just a little extra bit of extra knowledge to understand what the app is trying to tell you. This applies in the cases of atmospheric pressure and sunrise/sunset times.

El Capitan beta, Australian bond, Amazon Flash, Chrome


Apple issues 7th OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta to developers, 5th public beta to testers — Apple yesterday released the seventh beta version of its upcoming OS X 10.11 El Capitan operating system to developers for testing, while at the same time pushing out a fifth beta to those participating in the public beta program (which was then mysteriously pulled).

Apple issues first Australian bond, raises more than AU$1.2B — As anticipated, Apple on Thursday local Australia time issued an Australian dollar-denominated bond that according to one report has already reached AU$1.2 billion, or about US$883 million.

Flash gets another death sentence, this time from Amazon — Flash’s coffin is quickly running out of room for nails, but Amazon still managed to find a place for a new one. The online retailer won’t accept Flash-based ads starting in September for Amazon.com and the Amazon Advertising Platform.

Future Chrome for Mac update may solve problems with memory, performance — A test build of Google’s forthcoming Chrome 46 makes substantial improvements to the performance of the Web browser on the Mac, according to one early glimpse at the software.

Which Macs for El Capitan? Backstage at WWDC, women in tech, Chrome, TextExpander, Upper East Side

Apple's Upper East Side VIP room is in a former bank vault
Apple’s Upper East Side VIP room is in a former bank vault

El Capitan Mac specs — When OS X El Capitan ships in about three months we will get some big improvements in performance on our Macs thanks to Metal, Apple’s system for vastly improving how computers handle graphics. There isn’t any official word yet on which Macs will support Metal, but there is some idea of what to expect thanks to the efforts of developers who have been digging through the El Capitan beta. Basically, that’s:
Nvidia GeForce GTX 400 series and newer
Intel HD4000 and newer (Ivy Bridge or newer)
AMD HD7000 and newer
You can see which graphics card is in your Mac by clicking the Apple menu and choosing About This Mac. Look for the Graphics  entry under the Overview tab. However, even if you can’t run Metal, all Yosemite-capable Macs will be able to run El Capitan.
But what’s missing from El Capitan?

Apple posts ‘Backstage’ parody sketch from WWDC 2015 — With WWDC 2015, Apple chose to kick things off with a humorous sketch video lampooning the lengths to which companies go to produce gala keynote presentations. The video is now up on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

Apple profiled efforts to invite girls into male-dominated tech, engineering jobs at WWDC — The overwhelming majority of WWDC attendees continues to be male, but Apple its stepping up its own efforts to encourage more women — starting with young girls — to take prominent roles in tech. That included prominent stage time for female executives in leadership roles, and the featuring of GoldieBlox, an effort to interest girls in engineering careers, starting early on in the toy isle.

Google working to make Chrome more efficient on the Mac — If you find the Chrome browser to be a bit too power-hungry for your liking, Google has some good news for you. According to Google software engineer Peter Kasting, the Chrome team is hard at work to make the browser more efficient, particularly on the Mac. [I still have absolutely no problem with Safari.]

TextExpander 5 review: typing shortcut utility makes you more productive by learning your habits — TextExpander is designed to save keystrokes. Instead of typing the same sequence again and again at full length, tap in a few characters and the app automatically drops in your replacement in whatever software you’re using.

Apple opens Upper East Side NYC store with unique design elements, including VIP bank vault — Apple’s somewhat controversial new store on Manhattan’s upscale Upper East Side opened for business this weekend, and photos of the remodeled bank reveal a number of one-off design flourishes including a dedicated Beats display wall and a bank vault-turned-VIP room. [VIP room? WTF??]

Apple Watch tours online, fishing, Naught Reawakening, Cheatsheet, Chrome, Halo

Naught Reawakening is a lush reimagining
Naught Reawakening is a lush reimagining

Apple Watch guided tours — Apple has released four more tour videos, bringing the total to seven. Added were Guided Tours for Phone Calls, Siri, Maps and Music. The Phone Calls and Siri demos are instructive, as it seems logical that voice commands will be the primary input to a wrist-borne device.

Fishing with iDevices — well, not exactly, but there are useful apps, apparently.

Naught Reawakening spins the platforming genre upside-down with this riveting sequel — Genera Mobile has really turned the iOS platform field upside down. With Naught Reawakening, the player has lush, creepy worlds to explore and the iconic game mechanic has been honed and augmented. NZ$4.99 for this lush entry.

Cheatsheet for iPhone — Glance-friendly reminders of the little things we tend to forget right on your iPhone’s lock screen. All you need is a bit of text and a relevant icon.

Chrome for iOS adds Today widget, Halo comes to iPhone and iPad for first time — Two things: Google has updated its Chrome for iOS Web browser with features such as an iOS 8 Notification Center widget and support for app extensions, while Microsoft launched its first Halo game for iOS: Spartan Strike.

iPhones 6 success, benchmarks, camera; Skype, Chrome updated; Family Sharing

iPhone 6 slo-mo video uncorked
iPhone 6 slo-mo video uncorked

Apple sells record-breaking 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units in first weekend of sales — Apple has announced it sold 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets in the first full weekend of sales since the device launched on September 19. This compares to five million first weekend sales of the iPhone 5 and nine million for the iPhone 5s and 5c.

[From Apple’s PR release: “iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will roll out worldwide to more than 20 additional countries on 26 September, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in 115 countries by the end of the year.]

iPhone 6 tops competition in benchmarks, battery life — The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are currently being put through their paces by the benchmarking gurus at AnandTech, and preliminary results show that Apple’s newest pair of smartphones are among the best of the best on several popular graphical tests as well as web browsing battery life.

The iPhone 6 won’t beat a DSLR, but it’s still excellent — Serenity Caldwell took her 64GB iPhone 6 out and about to stress-test some of its new camera features and see if she could get some similar results to Apple’s promo photography. Here are some initial reactions. Also check out the slo-mo feature here (that’s a frame, above).

Skype for iPhone, Google Chrome updated with iOS 8 enhancements — The avalanche of app updates bringing compatibility with Apple’s latest mobile operating system continued with offerings from two of the world’s largest companies on Monday, as Microsoft brought interactive notifications to Skype for iPhone and Google added app extension support to Chrome.

How to double your free OneDrive storage to 30GB — Good news, OneDrive users: a mere three months after Microsoft doubled the free storage tier from 7GB to 15GB, the company’s ready to double your gratis storage space yet again — but only if you act quickly.

Apple surreptitiously adds HomeKit support to recent Apple TVs — In addition to a revamped user interface and a new Beats Music app, Apple is said to have given third-generation Apple TVs an intriguing under-the-hood tweak in last week’s software update: compatibility with the company’s new HomeKit home automation technology.

Get to know iOS 8 — Family Sharing sets your iTunes purchases free.