Did You Know These iPhone Apps Record Your Screen While You Use Them?

These apps utilize analytics software that embeds ‘session replay’ tech to show them exactly what users are doing. February 7, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget When an app says it’s collecting data for technical support or analytics purposes, it seems innocuous but a report by TechCrunch and The App Analyst found a number of iOS applications that went much further without informing users. The apps mentioned, including Air Canada, Abercrombie & Fitch, Expedia, Hotels.com and others used analytics software from a company called Glassbox that embeds “session replay” tech to show them exactly what users are doing. Whatever buttons are pushed or information is entered is recorded, and worse, while the feature can be configured to prevent recording of sensitive data like credit card numbers, they didn’t always block it out fully. By using man-in-the-middle software to intercept data going to Glassbox’s servers, The App Analyst showed how this […]

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Apple’s Group FaceTime Is ‘Unavailable’ After Eavesdropping Bug Appears

The bug could let someone hear or see you before you pick up their call. January 29, 2019 1 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Just in case you hadn’t immediately disabled FaceTime after finding out about a bug that could allow callers to receive audio and even video before you picked up, it looks like Apple is trying to close the hole on its end. While the company already said a fix for the issue — which affects iPhones, iPads and Macs — is coming later this week, tonight its System Status page shows that Group FaceTime has been unavailable since 10:16 PM ET. When we tried to initiate a Group FaceTime call — part of the issue behind the bug — the calls just ended, although some have reported the bug is still active for them. Apple shut the service off for the time being, and based on our […]

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Netflix Points to ‘Fortnite’ as Competition After its Price Hike

Sorry HBO. January 18, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Just days after revealing higher prices coming to customers in the U.S., Netflix is revealing its Q4 2018 results, and it’s already looking to the future. While a few years ago Netflix was the “Albanian army” coming to take on HBO, execs said in a letter to investors (PDF) that “We compete with (and lose to) Fortnite more than HBO.” In fact, Netflix claims it’s not focused on any of the competition, whether Disney+, Amazon, Hulu or NBCUniversal’s new entry, as much as it wants to provide a good experience for customers. Interestingly, this is also the first quarter where Netflix has limited insight into its subscribers by region. Now it only reports paid accounts globally, instead of breaking out the U.S. and also mentioning the number of free accounts. While it had anticipated reaching 137 million subscribers worldwide, the count […]

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Elon Musk’s L.A. Tunnel Turns Teslas Into a ‘Rail-Guided Train’

According to Musk, its cars could drive through it at over 150 MPH. December 19, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Tonight The Boring Company hosted a launch event for the test tunnel it successfully built in L.A. running from SpaceX’s property to “O’Leary Station” at a reported cost of about $10 million. In tweets, he showed off a Model X equipped with gear that guides the car between elevators at each end of the tunnel, where it then simply drives right back onto the road. The rig itself is really just a set of wheels, and TechCrunch reports that Musk said during a media briefing that they will be available as an aftermarket add-on for $200 to $300. Attendees have ridden the setup, with Electrek calling it “surprisingly bumpy” and CNN noting it mostly traveled at around 35 MPH. As Musk described it during his speech, it’s “like a highway system underground, basically.” By moving the cars […]

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Boring Company Breaks Through to the End of Its First Test Tunnel

The digging machine emerged at ‘O’Leary Station’ in Los Angeles. November 19, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget We’re about a month away from the planned opening of The Boring Company’s Test Tunnel in LA, and it appears progress is moving along. Elon Musk tweeted this brief video of a digging machine breaking through, and although he wasn’t specific about the location, it looks like they’ve reached O’Leary Station where the first test tunnel will end. Related: Elon Musk’s Boring Company will build a high-speed link in Chicago The ‘Godot’ machine dug its first segment on SpaceX property in June, and things have been moving along busily ever since. We’ll probably see people lining up for test rides after Black Friday. As the Boring Company explains, the point of this tunnel isn’t just to dig it, but also to show off the small elevators that are key to its “loop” concept and are small enough to […]

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Tesla Has Replaced Elon Musk as Board Chair With an Australian Telecom CFO

Telstra (not to be confused with Tesla) CFO Robyn Denholm has been named to the position. November 8, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget As part of his settlement with the SEC over tweets about taking Tesla private, Elon Musk agreed to step down from his post as chairman of the board of directors. Now, while he’s still CEO and retains his seat on the board, Tesla has announced his replacement: Robyn Denholm. Already a Tesla board member, she is currently CFO and head of strategy for the Australian telecom Telstra, but will leave that post once her six-month notice period is up to serve as board chair of Tesla full-time. In a statement, Denholm said “I believe in this company, I believe in its mission and I look forward to helping Elon and the Tesla team achieve sustainable profitability and drive long-term shareholder value.” She’s previously held […]

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Elon Musk Said He Will Pay for Home Water Filters in Flint

The SpaceX and Tesla CEO will address ‘outliers’ that stll don’t meet FDA standards. July 12, 2018 3 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Four years ago, the Flint water crisis began when officials switched its source from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Its more corrosive water caused dangerous levels of lead from old pipes to leach into the city’s drinking water, poisoning residents. Now, after fighting with officials just to get the problem recognized in 2015, many residents still don’t trust the city’s tap water. Into the fray steps Elon Musk, fresh off of his submarine-building exploits, responding to a tweet with this promise “Please consider this a commitment that I will fund fixing the water in any house in Flint that has water contamination above FDA levels. No kidding.” Please consider this a commitment that I will fund fixing the water in any house in Flint that has water […]

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Tesla Says Autopilot Was Engaged in Fatal Model X Crash

The driver’s brother told a reporter Autopilot had swerved the SUV toward that barrier before. April 2, 2018 4 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget After a fiery crash in Mountain View, Calif., last week killed the driver of a Tesla Model X, the company provided an update on the incident with a blog post. It did not name the driver, identified by ABC 7 News as Apple engineer and former EA programmer Walter Huang, while confirming that its Autopilot feature was engaged at the time of the crash. Tesla: “In the moments before the collision, which occurred at 9:27 a.m. on Friday, March 23, Autopilot was engaged with the adaptive cruise control follow-distance set to minimum. The driver had received several visual and one audible hands-on warning earlier in the drive and the driver’s hands were not detected on the wheel for six seconds prior to the […]

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Arizona Governor Suspends Uber’s Self-Driving Car Tests

The company put a freeze on testing nationwide after last week’s fatal crash. March 27, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget As the investigation into last week’s fatal crash where an autonomous Uber SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz., the state’s governor has suspended Uber’s permission to test its cars there. While the company had already halted testing nationwide after the test, this is a turnaround after Gov. Doug Ducey (R) had welcomed self-driving testing from many companies with open arms in a relationship that stretches back a few years. Just a few weeks ago Ducey updated his autonomous vehicle executive order to allow testing without a safety driver. In this crash, there was a test driver behind the wheel, but neither they nor the car reacted in time to avoid a woman who crossed in front of the car. In a letter to Uber, the Wall Street Journal reports Ducey […]

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company to Prioritize Pedestrians Over Cars

A new concept video focuses on shuttles for people and bikes. March 12, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget While we ponder the state of hyperloop tunnel transportation, Elon Musk just updated the plan for The Boring Company. The tech exec tweeted out a new concept video that focuses on a shuttle instead of cars. The shuttle (seen briefly in the first Boring Company video) is intended to carry people and bikes, and Musk said that Boring Company’s loop network would have “1000’s of small stations the size of a single parking space.” Adjusting The Boring Company plan: all tunnels & Hyperloop will prioritize pedestrians & cyclists over cars — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 9, 2018 Boring Co urban loop system would have 1000’s of small stations the size of a single parking space that take you very close to your destination & blend seamlessly into the fabric […]

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