Charles Glass

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Top ad-blocking plugin uBlock Origin has come under fire for being a little too eager in its quest to murder nasty stuff on the internet: it prevents browsers from sounding the alarm on hacking attacks.At the heart of the matter is a fairly new technology called content security policy reporting, or CSP reporting.Websites can use CSPs to whitelist the scripting code that's allowed to run on their pages, thus stopping attackers from injecting malicious JavaScript into browsers that hijack users' logged-in accounts.It's supposed to kill cross-site-scripting, aka XSS, attacks, and automatically report hacking attempts back to the website's administrators.I have a policy setup on https://scotthelme.co.uk which fires multiple reports that are all blocked.uBlock Origin developer Raymond Hill replied that this is "by design," and that the plugin kills all CSP alerts if any neutered scripts, such as Google traffic analytics, are allowed to run.
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Samsung har presenterat en liten övervaknings-manick som man kallar för "Connect Tag" vilken kan fästas på barn, husdjur eller annat som man konstant vill kunna veta var den eller det befinner sig.Connect Tag använder sig av signaler för GPS, wifi och mobiltelefoni för att hålla koll på sin position och har inbyggt eSIM-kort som ger den tillgång till mobilnätet.Connect Tag använder sig av så kallat NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT) vilket är anpassat för maskiner som använder sig av små mängder data och prioriterar apparatens batteritid.En Connect Tag har ett batteri som ska räcka i en veckan innan det behövs laddas upp.Connect Tag är även kompatibelt med Samsungs smarta hem-plattform SmartThings och via den tillhörande appen ska man kunna automatisera diverse grejer som reagerar på när Connect Tag närmare sig.Det kan till exempel handla om att belysningen tänds automatiskt när någon med en Connect Tag går in ett rum.
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When it comes to smartphones, the BlackBerry KEYone is the epitome of the classic phrase, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” You can look at the keyboard, the processor, and the display as independent components and frown at them, but put together, they make the BlackBerry KEYone a productive device that has carved a niche with the Android faithful.Starting tomorrow, October 18, that productive device will get quite a bit cheaper as the silver-colored KEYone will be offered for $500, $50 cheaper than what it usually goes for.There are a few things to keep in mind regarding the discount, the biggest being that it will be in effect for only 24 hours.This means that you have from 1am EST on October 18 until 12:59am EST on October 19 to purchase the KEYone for $50 off.Also, both the GSM and CDMA unlocked versions are discounted, but not the Black Edition KEYone.As previously mentioned, the KEYone is certainly greater than the sum of its parts, which start with the keyboard that features touch-sensitive frets between rows of keys.
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Sales of traditional PCs continue to decline, although the overall PC market is likely to grow slightly next year.Traditional PC shipments are forecast to drop by nearly eight percent this year, and another 4.4 percent in 2018, predicts analyst firm Gartner.Which means that, by 2019, 16 million fewer traditional PCs and notebooks will be sold than were shipped this year.However, much of this will be offset by the rise in spending on high-end notebooks like Microsoft's Surface and Apple's MacBook, so that the overall PC market will by 2019 be at pretty much the same level it was last year.Tablets -- defined by Gartner as basic and utility ultramobile devices -- will also decline over the period to 2019.But despite the declines in traditional PC sales, Gartner said it was a misconception that everyone has gone mobile, noting that its own research found that users depend just as much on PCs or tablets as they do on smartphones.
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Disruptions bring big opportunities for marketers to stand out from the crowd.When Google launched in 1998, the big knock against it was that it would be excruciatingly difficult to monetize the traffic because all search traffic would be sent off of Google.But Google scoffed at the conventional wisdom and instead crafted its AdWords program in late 2000.Yet it certainly helps that the industry has continued to innovate and evolve.Consider that US mobile search accounts for almost 60 percent of overall search volume.There have also been great strides in voice-activated search.
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How do you know if that email from the IRS is really from the federal agency?It's not always easy to tell if something you get from a .gov address is the real deal or just a scam.But the Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced a move that should help put an end to impostor emails.All federal agencies have been given 90 days to implement DMARC, a basic email security feature that prevents spoofing."You got a lot of people trying to trick people into thinking they're from the IRS, or vice versa, trying to get into US government systems via phishing attacks," said Jeanette Manfra, an assistant secretary in the agency's office of cybersecurity and communication, while announcing the order at the Manhattan District Attorney's office.DMARC, which stands for "Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance," is used by the majority of consumer email systems, like Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo.
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Microsoft has big design changes planned for Outlook on both the Windows and Mac platforms—but especially the Mac.In both cases, the new design direction borrows from Outlook for iOS.Microsoft gave a brief look at the coming updates during the Ignite conference a couple of weeks ago, and both The Verge and MSPoweruser dug into the changes.Microsoft spent the most time talking about the Mac in terms of visual and UX changes, but the biggest change coming to the Windows version (pictured above) is a streamlined ribbon that is now just one line of commands, with a button right on the ribbon for adding or removing buttons and commands.You’ll still be able to use the older, three-line ribbon if you prefer.Compared to some other mail applications, Outlook has a tendency to expose a lot of features right up front, which can make the interface seem cluttered to some sensibilities.
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Dragged into a sordid conspiracy, Joe picks up his favourite hammer and set off to rescue a senator's daughter.But in the hands of Ramsay and cinematographer Thomas Townend -- coupled with Phoenix's committed performance and Jonny Greenwood's haunting score -- it's far from a typical action movie.The line continues through movies like "Le Samouraï", "The Driver", "Leon", "Drive" and even "Blade Runner 2049", in which the lone wolf hero is literally given the same anonymous, cypher-like name as Phoenix's Joe.Both movies aspire to be more than exploitation flicks, which largely means Vaughan and Phoenix spend a good portion of both movies staring into space and walking ... really ... slowly."Here" is more intense in its discordant photography, editing and music."You Were Never Really Here", however, presents its action in a tantalisingly elliptical way, reflecting one brutal hand-to-hand struggle in a mirror and lingering more over the aftermath of a shootout than over the actual fight.
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Chinese wearable maker Microwear have decided to run a giveaway for their latest Microwear X2 smartband.Before entering the contest, let’s learn a bit more about this device!The Microwear X2 comes with a unique and beautiful design and a really long standby time of 180 days.The smartband is also IP68-rated waterproof, so you can carry it pretty much anywhere, under the rain, a shower and maybe even underwater, although the company doesn’t confirm that.The X2 features the nowadays-standard heart rate monitor, as well as a blood pressure sensor, blood oxygen monitor, sleep monitoring and various exercise patterns.Being a “smart” band the X2 will also notify you of any incoming messages from IM apps when connected to your smartphone.
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One of the biggest players in the dedicated gaming hardware scene is getting ready to take on the smartphone market.A debut smartphone from gaming PC and peripheral-maker Razer has been expected ever since it acquired Nexbit in January, but thanks to a new leak we finally have our first good look at the mysterious device.Eagle-eyed phone fans first spotted the angular 'Razer Phone' in the pocket of Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, and the latest photo, obtained by Techbyte, really shows off its squared-edges and all-black finish.There's also the signature Razer logo, which occupies pride of place on the phone's rear.If the phone is anything like Razer's usual products then the serpentine insignia will probably light up and change colour.Just above the logo sits a dual-camera unit alongside an LED flash.
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Despite acting quickly to handle the data breach, some customers were disgruntled by the two week notification delay.Affected customers have now been notified about the incident that occurred two weeks ago, leaving some irritated that they were not able to be proactive.In the sent to affected customers, Pizza Hut said: “We have learned that the information of some customers who visited our website or mobile application during an approximately 28-hour period (from the morning of October 1, 2017, through midday on October 2, 2017) and subsequently placed an order may have been compromised.”This is not the first time Pizza Hut has been hit by a data breach that targeted card details, as a 2012 breach impacted a significant 240,000 customers.“Pizza Hut identified the security intrusion quickly and took immediate action to halt it… The security intrusion at issue impacted a small percentage of our customers and we estimate that less than one percent of the visits to our website over the course of the relevant week were affected,” said the Pizza Hut notification email.Mitigating the risk of leakage
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Endurance couch-surfer and WikiLeaker-in-chief Julian Assange has thanked US authorities for the banking blockade that made it hard to donate fiat currencies to his organisation, because it inadvertently enriched the organisation.The blockade first appeared in 2010, after the United States expressed its ire at WikiLeaks' publication of diplomatic cables.Not long afterwards, Mastercard and Visa stopped processing donations sent to the site.WikiLeaks sued and won against Visa, but the blockade persisted.The organisation therefore sought alternative funding including Bitcoin.Which brings us to an Assange Tweet from Sunday, as follows.
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Vad gör ditt företag/företaget du jobbar på?“De flesta associerar fortfarande Izettle med våra mobila kortläsare, som fungerar som en sorts reklampelare för oss.Jag anställdes som andra person i bolaget som marknads- och kommunikationschef.Idag är vi ett av Europas snabbast växande bolag och har 500 medarbetare i tolv länder runtom i Europa och Latinamerika.Beskriv dig själv som ledare med fem ord"Rak, tydlig, tillitsfull, pragmatisk och tillgänglig".
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If you happen to stumble upon this article the chances are you are in the market for a new task manager and you have heard good things about two heavy weight task manager apps, Todoist and Trello.Which would best suit your style of getting things done, your budget and even help you get stuff done on the go?However, this technique translates very well to the electronic domain – see the Trello interface for comparison to the old school post it notes.The smart date recognition means that if you type “Doctor appointment on Thursday”, Todoist will recognize “Thursday”, and set a reminder on that day accordingly for you.The basic filter commands follow natural language.At the time of writing it stands at 12 platforms, including the usual suspects – Windows, iOS, Android and various browsers.
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Fresh off the satisfyingly frustrating Twin Peaks revival, director David Lynch is lending his name to an extremely limited edition Bang & Olufsen speaker.It’s a weird collaboration from a weird director and a company with some of the industry’s weirdest speaker designs.A branding opportunity made in weirdo heaven.The speaker is essentially a B Play A9 draped with a cover taken from a lithograph on the walls of Lynch’s pricey boutique room at Paris’s Hotel Lutetia.And like the room itself, the speaker doesn’t come cheap.The Paris Suite A9 is available exclusively through the MoMA Design Store for $2,999 — roughly double the price of a night at Chateau Lynch.
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It’s been a few months since Google has added any new images to its Wallpapers app, but that changes today.Three new categories are coming to the Wallpapers app: Geometric shapes, Keep Looking, and Underwater.These are exclusive to the Pixel phones, however.If you have any other phone (I tested it on my HTC U11 and Nexus 6P), you only get access to the Geometric shapes category.Also exclusive to Pixel phones is that new rainy city wallpaper that was first shown off on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.There are a total of 23 images in the Geometric shapes category, nine in the Keep Looking category, and 34 in the Underwater section.
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On October 11, TechCrunch and Facebook hosted Startup Battlefield Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.The Startup Battlefield pitch-off competition featured startups from all over Africa in three categories: Productivity and Utility, Social Good, and Gaming and Entertainment.Top notch investors and founders served as judges to pick the winners in each category as well as an overall winner.We also had a great line-up speakers that discussed everything from investing in startups to improving connectivity across the entire continent of Africa.From speaker sessions to Startup Battlefield pitches, here are all the videos from the event.Panelists: Eghosa Omoigui (EchoVC Partners), Tayo Oviosu (Paga), Sacha Poignonnec (Jumia)
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But he misses the mark in a recent essay in the Hollywood Reporter, in which he inveighs against two conjoined trends—the widespread reporting of box-office results and the grading of movies by consumers on CinemaScore and by critics on Rotten Tomatoes—and blames it for “a tone that is hostile to serious filmmakers.” In particular, he contends that this hostile environment is worsening “as film criticism written by passionately engaged people with actual knowledge of film history has gradually faded from the scene.” He also writes that directors are “reduced to a content manufacturer and the viewer to an unadventurous consumer.”I think that film criticism is, over all, better than ever, because, with its new Internet-centrism, it’s more democratic than ever and many of the critics who write largely online are more film-curious than ever.Anyone who is active on so-called Film Twitter—who sees links by critics, mainly younger critics, to his or her work—can’t help but be impressed by the knowledge, the curiosity, and the sensibility of many of them.Their tastes tend to be broader and more daring than those of many senior critics on more established publications.Scorsese talks about the last twenty years; let’s scroll down the list of major releases in 1997, the year of “Titanic.” What are the masterworks that couldn’t be made or released now?“Get Out” has made lots of money, taking in a hundred and seventy-five million dollars at the domestic box-office (on a budget of four and a half million dollars); “A Ghost Story” has earned approximately a hundredth as much, taking in $1.6 million (but its production budget was .
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Amazon in April 2016 added a new member to its established Kindle family.The 8th generation Kindle Oasis launched as the thinnest and lightest Kindle to date yet despite its name, the e-reader didn’t afford protection against liquids.On Wednesday, Amazon remedied the oversight with the announcement of a new Oasis-class e-reader.The new Oasis features a larger 7-inch display (300 PPI) coated in Amazon’s strongest cover glass to date.The extra real estate means it’s capable of squeezing in over 30 percent more words per page, resulting in fewer page turns.Despite its larger size, the new Oasis tips the scales at 194 grams - 10 grams less than the Kindle Paperwhite - and tapers down to just 3.4mm thick.
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Oculus unveiled a new virtual reality interface for the Oculus Rift called Dash at the Oculus Connect keynote event today in San Jose.It’s built with React VR and will be available alongside Oculus Home.It’s also a part of the Rift Core 2.0 software update that’s coming this December.Dash will enable people to run their PC applications on the Rift.A task bar along the bottom brings up settings, their friends list, and notifications, and it’s optimized for touch so people can easily scroll through and tap.Head of Rift Nate Mitchell explained that Dash is a 3D overlay, which means that users can bring it up and then dismiss it without having to navigate away from the app or game that they’re in the middle of.
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