May 24, 2018 brianradio2016

Amazon says an “unlikely” string of events prompted its Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family’s private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle, the AP reports. The woman told KIRO-TV that two weeks ago an employee of her husband contacted them to…

May 24, 2018 brianradio2016

Documents released related to the iPhone “touch diseaseclass-action lawsuit that’s making its way through the courts suggest that Apple knew the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were far more susceptible to damage from bending than earlier models.

See also: Seven things Apple needs to fix in iOS 12 (but probably won’t)

The problem, which was dubbed “Bendgate,” where iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets would bend during normal day-to-day usage was widely reported, but which at the time Apple downplayed. However, recently released court documents show that Apple was well aware of the problem.

According to the court documents, as reported by Motherboard, “Apple’s internal testing ‘determined that the iPhone 6 was 3.3 times more likely to bend than the iPhone 5s (the model immediately prior to the subject iPhones) and that the iPhone 6 Plus was 7.2 times more likely to bend than the iPhone 5s.'”

“One of the major concerns Apple identified prior to launching the iPhones,” Judge Lucy Koh wrote, “was that they were ‘likely to bend more easily when compared to previous generations’ something that Apple described as ‘expected behavior.'”

Despite these internal tests, publicly Apple was bullish, refusing to acknowledge that a problem existed, and going as far as to release the following statement in September 2014:

“Our iPhones are designed, engineered and manufactured to be both beautiful and sturdy. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature a precision engineered unibody enclosure constructed from machining a custom grade of 6000 series anodized aluminum, which is tempered for extra strength. They also feature stainless steel and titanium inserts to reinforce high stress locations and use the strongest glass in the smartphone industry. We chose these high-quality materials and construction very carefully for their strength and durability. We also perform rigorous tests throughout the entire development cycle including 3-point bending, pressure point cycling, sit, torsion, and user studies. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus meet or exceed all of our high quality standards to endure everyday, real life use.

“With normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus. As with any Apple product, if you have questions please contact Apple.”

“Touch Disease” is related to “Bendgate” in that stresses on the chassis of the iPhone are transferred to the logic board inside, and this flexion, in turn, causes chips controlling the display’s touch input to lift off the board.

The court documents also show that in May of 2016 – more than six months after the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – Apple began using epoxy to strengthen this part of the logic board:

“After internal investigation, Apple determined underfill was necessary to resolve the problems caused by the touchscreen defect. As Plaintiffs explain, ‘[u]nderfill is a bead of epoxy encapsulant that is placed on a circuit chip to reinforce its attachment to the board substrate and to stiffen the surrounding assembly…. Underfill is used to prevent the manifestation of chip defects induced by bending because it reinforces the connections and prevents them from bending away from the substrate.’ Apple had used underfill on the preceding iPhone generation but did not start using it on the Meson (U2402) chip in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus until May 2016.”

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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May 24, 2018 brianradio2016

If this weren’t so infuriating it’d be heartbreaking. According to multiple reports, Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 version 1803 onto PCs that are specifically set to bypass the upgrade until it’s declared fit for business use. Susan Bradley has details.

We saw forced upgrades three times with Win10 version 1709.

  • In mid-November 2017, Microsoft pushed many Win10 1703 customers with “Current Branch for Business” selected onto 1709.
  • In mid-January 2018, the company pushed many Win10 1703 customers onto 1709, even though they had “feature update” deferrals set to 365 days.
  • In early March 2018, Microsoft pushed Win10 1703 customers onto 1709, based on the company’s contention that it has a right to do so if telemetry is turned off (Diagnostic Data level set to zero).

In particular, the people

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Users complaining of a forced 1803 upgrade have set the “Choose when updates are installed” advanced update option to “Semi-Annual Channel.”


May 24, 2018 brianradio2016

If you follow a lot of Android news, odds are, you’ve heard at least something about a mysterious Google project known as Fuchsia. And odds are, you’re at least somewhat confused about what it actually is and what it’s intended to do.

Let me assure you: You aren’t alone.

Fuchsia, for the uninitiated, is an “early-stage experimental project” within Google. It’s been under development since at least 2017 — and it’s open source, which means anyone can peek at the code and even install the software on certain devices. (Pro tip: You can actually check it out from your browser right now, too, thanks to an independently created Fuchsia web demo. Fair warning, though: There’s really not much to it.)

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Fuchsia, in its current bare-bones form

Google describes Fuchsia as “a new operating system” designed for “modern phones and modern personal computers with fast processors, non-trivial amounts of RAM with arbitrary peripherals doing open-ended computation.” Right.

May 24, 2018 brianradio2016

Video: WWDC 2017 recap: Apple unveils iOS 11,iMac Pro, a new iPad Pro and HomePod

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WWDC 2018 is around the corner, and like past years, you will be able to watch it online.

WWDC is Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The 2018 conference will be held from June 4 to June 8 in San Jose, Calif. The multi-day event will consist of a live-streamed keynote, where CEO Tim Cook will take the stage, followed by several Apple executives, in order to introduce what the company has been working on lately.

Read also: Dear Apple: iOS is now a toxic hellstew

Immediately following the keynote on day one, the conference will host several sessions that developers can attend to meet with over 1,000 Apple engineers.

Some of these developer sessions will be streamed, too.

What time is the WWDC 2018 keynote?

Apple recently confirmed the date and time of its opening keynote at WWDC 2018. The company will officially kick things off June 4 at 10am PST (1pm EST/6pm GMT). Its keynote address and four-day conference will be held at the McEnery Convention Center.

Read also: I don’t think Apple can fix the iOS mess it’s created

How to watch the WWDC 2018 keynote online

Apple does not allow its live-streamed events to be embedded elsewhere online. However, you can use Apple’s own website and apps to tune in and watch in real time.


If you’re on a Mac user, you can watch the WWDC keynote on Apple’s Events page. You’ll need to use the Safari browser on a Mac running macOS Sierra 10.12 or later.


PC users can stream the keynote from Apple’s Events page, too. Apple recommends using the Microsoft Edge browser on a PC running Windows 10. Other platforms may also access the keynote’s live stream using the most recent versions of the Chrome and Firefox browsers.

iPhone or iPad

Using the same Apple events page, the WWDC keynote stream can be accessed on an iPhone and iPad running iOS 10 or later. The official WWDC app for iOS devices also includes the keynote’s live stream as well as live-streamed developer sessions.

Apple further offers an Apple Events app. The app doesn’t provide the full WWDC experience provided by the developer-focused WWDC app mentioned above, but it does provide access to every one of the company’s keynote speeches in recent years.

Apple TV

Apple TV users can watch the keynote in real time (if they own a second-generation or later model running the latest software or tvOS). From the set-top box’s menu screen, scroll until you should see a tab for the WWDC Keynote. From there, you can access the stream.

Read also: iPhone of our dreams: The fixes and features Apple must deliver

What to expect from the WWDC 2018 keynote

Between the opening keynote and developer sessions, Apple is expected to introduce several platform changes. The rumor mill has indicated we will see the latest versions of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS unveiled. Last year, Apple’s opening keynote also featured hardware announcements, including refreshes to the MacBook Pro and iMac lines.

Read also: WWDC 2018: 9 features I want to see in iOS 12

Apple even previewed a new iMac Pro and the HomePod at WWDC 2017. This year, a 13-inch MacBook with a Retina display is rumored. There has also been talk about a cheaper, Beats-branded HomePod, possibly an iPhone X-style iPad Pro, and an updated iPhone SE.

For a round up of all the leaks and rumors so far, see our gallery below.

May 24, 2018 brianradio2016

Video: Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Here’s what you can expect.

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Microsoft has released its second new build of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, bringing six fixes and a resolution for the boot problems affecting PCs with Intel and Toshiba SSDs.

The new update KB4100403 moves the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, or Windows 10 version 1803, to OS Build 17134.81. Users can check for updates in settings or get the package from Microsoft Update Catalog.

Microsoft notes that KB4100403 resolves the issue affecting certain Intel SSDs, which would get stuck on a UEFI screen or stop working when users attempted to upgrade to version 1803.

Microsoft is still recommending average users simply wait until it offers version 1803 for specific device models. However, advanced users can from May 25 manually grab version 1803 via settings, by which time it will include the fix for the Intel SSD glitch.

See: 20 pro tips to make Windows 10 work the way you want (free PDF)

The Toshiba SSD problem is slightly different. The upgrade to version 1803 resulted in certain SSDs having a lower battery life.

Microsoft advises users with Toshiba XG4 Series, Toshiba XG5 Series, or Toshiba BG3 Series SSDs to wait until it offers the update after the upcoming June Patch Tuesday. Advanced users can manually get the update with the fix now from settings.

The upgrade to version 1803 brought plenty of new features and security hardening, but it hasn’t been smooth sailing for some early adopters.

This week users report they’ve been experiencing a “black screen” and vanishing icons issues when upgrading. Microsoft has also had to fix an issue that froze devices when using Chrome.

And Microsoft also started blocking some Dell Alienware devices from installing versions 1803 because of an incompatibility issue causing devices to display a black screen after resuming from battery-saver mode. The problem appeared to affect laptops with a discrete GPU (dGPU) connected to the display.

KB4100403 doesn’t address the Alienware dGPU issue but it does fix a problem that “may cause Windows Hello enrollment to fail on certain hardware that has dGPUs”.

It fixes a bug that caused Edge or other apps to stop responding when creating a new “audio endpoint”, such as speakers or headphones, while audio or video playback is starting.

There are also fixes for Internet Explorer, and a time-zone information fix.

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Ready for Windows 10 April 2018 Update? How to take control

Microsoft has begun the long, slow roll-out of Windows 10 version 1803 via Windows Update. Here’s how you can take charge of the update process, avoid unpleasant surprises, and schedule the installation for a convenient time.

May 24, 2018 brianradio2016

Want Windows 10 to run faster? We’ve got help. Take a few minutes to try out these tips, and your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues.

1. Change your power settings

If you’re using Windows 10’s Power saver plan, you’re slowing down your PC. That plan reduces your PC’s performance in order to save energy. (Even desktop PCs typically have a Power saver plan.) Changing your power plan from Power saver to High performance or Balanced will give you an instant performance boost.

To do it, launch Control Panel, then select Hardware and Sound > Power Options. You’ll typically see two options: Balanced (recommended) and Power saver. (Depending on your make and model, you might see other plans here as well, including some branded by the manufacturer.) To see the High performance setting, click the down arrow by Show additional plans. 

To change your power setting, simply choose the one you want, then exit Control Panel. High performance gives you the most oomph, but uses the most power; Balanced finds a median between power use and better performance; and Power saver does everything it can to give you as much battery life as possible. Desktop users have no reason to choose Power saver, and even laptop users should consider the Balanced option when unplugged — and High performance when connected to a power source.

May 24, 2018 brianradio2016

Having assisted hundreds of enterprises in developing a new visibility strategy as they move to Kubernetes, I’ve learned a few things about how organizations learn, evolve and adopt a new method of application observability. Open source is usually essential to developing this understanding.

In the cloud-native monitoring world, Prometheus is widely considered the place to start. Just like Kubernetes is the leading open source container orchestrator in the cloud-native world, Prometheus is the leading software choice for open source cloud-native monitoring. If you’re looking for more detail on what Prometheus is and how it works, read this nice Prometheus monitoring summary. While most organizations end up not using unsupported open source in production, many start here. Where you end up depends on your own business’s requirements. Let me briefly cover the three phases I typically see enterprises go through on their way to a production-ready strategy.

1. Experiment

Much like the adoption of containers or Kubernetes doesn’t happen overnight, neither will an accompanying visibility strategy. The good news is that with Prometheus, your developers can explore without constraints of time or budget.

At this phase you’re looking for: