November 16, 2018 brianradio2016

Mozilla has added a data breach notification to Firefox that warns the browser’s users when their email address and credentials may have been obtained by hackers.

Dubbed Firefox Monitor, the free breach notification service debuted in September after some testing during the summer. Anyone — not only Firefox users — can steer to the service website, enter an email address and be told if that address was among those involved in successful, publicly-known breach attacks. Next steps were up to the user, including the obvious of changing the password(s) connected to that email address and/or website(s).

Notifications of the latest breaches were sent by Firefox Monitor to the user-submitted address. “Your email address will be scanned against those data breaches, and we’ll let you know through a private email if you were involved,” wrote Nick Nguyen, Mozilla’s vice president of product strategy, in a Sept. 25 post to a company blog.

Mozilla’s latest move brings a Monitor warning within Firefox.

“We are adding a notification to our Firefox Quantum browser that alerts desktop users when they visit a site that has had a recently reported data breach,” Nguyen said in a Nov. 14 post.

Users will need to visit the Firefox Monitor site to see whether their email address was one of those exposed in the breach: The alert doesn’t mean that the site’s breach definitely affected the user. The in-browser alert leads users to the Monitor website.

November 16, 2018 brianradio2016

More Business Bargains

Black Friday is nearly here, and that means huge discounts are coming to your favorite devices. Yes, even the iPhone. Apple may be notoriously stingy when it comes to Black Friday deals and marking down its smartphones, but that doesn’t mean carriers and retailers aren’t generous.

Also: Best Black Friday 2018 deals: Business Bargain Hunter’s top picks

We’ve already spotted tons of sales, and some of them lob hundreds of dollars off the top models or come with perks like gift cards. Everything from the latest models, including the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, all the way down to the iPhone SE, are on sale.

CNET: Best Black Friday deals | Best Holiday gifts 2018 | Best TVs for the holidays

Some sales start as early as Nov. 16, while others will go live from Thanksgiving (Nov. 22) through to Cyber Monday (Nov. 26). Make sure you watch when sales start and end. If you want to see deals specifically for other phones, go here.

We also have more Black Friday deals here.

Best Black Friday 2018 Apple iPhone deals

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Verizon: Buy one iPhone, get an iPhone XR (or up to $750 off iPhone X)

Verizon’s offer works this way: Buy one of the new iPhone models (on a new line of service), and get a free iPhone XR. Or, you can open a new line of service and get $750 off any iPhone X, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max. Savings appear as monthly bill credits over two years.

This sale is now live.

Read the review: Apple iPhone XR review: Lower cost comes with camera compromises

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T-Mobile: Free iPhone XR, 8, or 8 Plus (or up to $750 off X models)

If you have one or more phone lines through T-Mobile, you can add another and trade in your old phone to get a “free” iPhone XR, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus for use on that additional line. You can also get up to $750 off the iPhone X, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max with this deal.

The sale begins Nov. 16. Read the details here.

Read the review: iPhone 8 review: More of the same, but better

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Walmart: $400 gift card with iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus

Technically, the iPhone in this deal isn’t reduced. You must pay full price for an iPhone X, 8, or 8 Plus, which you’ll you need to activate through AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon. However, you will get a $400 gift card at Walmart with your purchase. This offer applies to in-store only.

The sale starts Nov. 22 and lasts until Nov. 23.

Read the review: Apple iPhone X review: This is as good as it gets

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Walmart: $300 gift card with iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR

This deal is nearly identical to the one above, only it includes Apple’s latest models (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR) and a free $300 gift card from Walmart. Again, you’ll need to activate through AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. The offer still applies to in-store purchases.

The sale starts Nov. 22 and lasts until Nov. 23.

Read the review: Two weeks, too big: Goodbye Apple iPhone XS Max

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Best Buy: Save $150 on iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR

Apple’s newest iPhone models are normally hard to find discounted, but for Black Friday, they’re $150 off at Best Buy. It requires qualified activation with AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon.

The sale starts Nov. 22.

Also: iPhone XR outshines XS value for upgraders

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Best Buy: Save $200 on iPhone X

Got your eye on last year’s iPhone X model? Then head to Best Buy this Black Friday and save $200. Again, the deal requires activation on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint.

The sale starts Nov. 22.

Read the review: One month with the Apple iPhone X: More powerful than a Plus

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Best Buy: Save $200 on iPhone 6S

This phone is getting a bit long in the tooth, but for $100, you can’t beat it. You can choose between Simple Mobile and Total Wireless as your service providers.

This sale begins Nov. 22.

Read the review: Apple iPhone 6s Plus review: The most significant ‘s’ upgrade

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Best Buy or Walmart: iPhone SE for $80 (save $60)

Apple’s smallest iPhone may be a couple years old, but it’s a great budget device and perfect for kids or anyone who wants the iPhone experience without the price tag. It costs $80 from both Best Buy (on Simple Mobile’s service) and Walmart (Family Mobile service).

At Best Buy, the sale starts Nov. 22. At Walmart, it starts online Nov. 21 or in stores on Nov. 22.

Read the review: Apple iPhone SE review: Back to the future

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Target: $250 gift card with iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max

Just like Walmart, Target is offering gift cards with the purchase of an iPhone. In this case, if you buy an iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, you’ll get a $250 gift card. It applies to in-store purchases only, and qualified activation is required on AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon.

The sale starts Nov. 23 and lasts until Nov. 25 Limited to two phones per customer.

Read the review: iPhone XS Max review: The iPhone’s future is big and bright

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Target: $150 gift card with iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus

You can also get last years’ iPhone models (iPhone X, 8, or 8 Plus) with Target’s gift card promo this Black Friday. Just pick up any model, and you’ll get a $150 card. It applies to in-store purchases only, and qualified activation is required on AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon.

The sale starts Nov. 23 and lasts until Nov. 25 Limited to two phones per customer.

Read the review: iPhone 8 Plus Review: Bigger is better


For more great deals on devices, gadgetry, and technology for your enterprise, business, or home office, see ZDNet’s Business Bargain Hunter blog. Affiliate disclosure: ZDNet earns commission from the products and services featured on this page.

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November 16, 2018 brianradio2016

A new software service for hosting and managing open source projects, Sr.ht, aims to be an entirely open source alternative to existing services like GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket, recreating many of their features.

Created by Drew DeVault and written in a mixture of Python and Go, Sr.ht is now available for public alpha testing by developers. Users can create an account with the hosted version provided by DeVault, or set up the exact same code on cloud or on-prem hardware.

In a blog post announcing public access to the project’s alpha release, DeVault described how Sr.ht is intended to stand apart: “Unlike GitHub, which is almost entirely closed source, and GitLab, which is mostly open source but with a proprietary premium offering, all of Sr.ht is completely open source, with a copyleft license.”

Projects hosted with Sr.ht get their own Git repositories, wikis, bug tracking, continuous integration and build services, mailing lists, and credential management.

Sr.ht’s interface is deliberately minimal, with little or no JavaScript, the better to speed load time and enhance compatibility with devices. Sr.ht also opts to use existing standards rather than reinvent the wheel. Git commits, for instance, are managed via email. Sr.ht also manages the mailing lists used for discussion around a hosted project.

A few projects started using Sr.ht for project hosting during the private alpha period, such as the Mrsh shell, and the PostmarketOS Linux distribution for phones. DeVault is also aiding a number of other projects being on-boarded, including “Linux distributions and non-Linux operating systems looking to automate package maintenance and testing; important pieces of open source compiler infrastructure suites; programming languages (compilers, standard libraries, etc.).”

November 16, 2018 brianradio2016

I’m starting to think that the people now in charge of Win10 version 1809 know what they’re doing.

First, we saw a rudimentary list of known bugs in 1809, along with a point-by-point notice of what’s being done, and what you can do to fix the bugs. At this moment, the list includes all of the major bugs that I’ve seen:

  • Mapped drives don’t reconnect – there’s a script you can run every time you re-boot. MS “will provide updates in the 2019 timeframe.”
  • Trend Micro’s OfficeScan and Worry-Free Business Security (love the irony) packages trigger bluescreens. MS is blocking rollout on machines with the bad Trend Micro software, and Trend Micro has issued updates.
  • Older AMD Radeon HD2000 and HD4000 graphic processors trigger bluescreens. MS is blocking rollout on machines with those GPUs and “is investigating this issue.”

That, my friends, is an amazing development.

Now we’re seeing a revelation that’s nothing short of revolutionary. The folks in charge of Win10 1809 are using the Insider Release Preview Ring in precisely the way it was intended.

This morning, Microsoft released KB 4469342, a new cumulative update for 1809 that brings the build number up to 17763.165. Instead of pushing it out the Windows Update chute – the default action for untested “C week” cumulative updates since the earliest days of Win10 – Microsoft put it in the Release Preview channel.

Amazing. That’s just the way the Release Preview channel is supposed to work. As best I can tell, it’s never been done before.

November 16, 2018 brianradio2016

With new Lenovo and Samsung Windows 10 on Arm laptops out, Microsoft has announced it is now accepting apps on the Microsoft Store for those systems.

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Microsoft has unveiled official support for developer tools to create apps 64-bit Arm (Arm64) architecture apps for its Windows on Arm devices.

The Arm64 apps are designed for the Windows 10 on Arm convertibles like the new Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS and Samsung’s Galaxy Book2.

These new devices run on the built-for-PC Snapdragon 850, which features clock speeds of up to 2.96GHz and promise to address the slow performance of the first lot of Windows 10 on Arm laptops.

Microsoft hopes the improved performance of the new Windows on Arm devices convinces developers it will be worth recompiling their Win32 apps to run on them.

“These second-generation Arm64 devices provide even more computing power for developers to tap into while continuing to deliver the beyond-all-day battery life customers expect from Windows 10 on Arm,” wrote Marc Sweetgall, senior program manager on Microsoft’s Windows kernel team.

In May Microsoft announced the preview of Visual Studio with a Windows 10 Arm64 SDK for developers to recompile win32 desktop apps to Arm64, so they can run natively without emulation.

Today Microsoft announced official support in Visual Studio for the Windows 10 Arm64 SDK, which arrived in Visual Studio 15.9.

“Developers can use Visual Studio 15.9 today to recompile apps — both UWP and C++ Win32 — to run natively on Windows 10 on ARM devices,” said Sweetgall.

“Running natively allows applications to take full advantage of the processing power and capabilities of Windows 10 on Arm devices, resulting in the best possible experience for users,” said Sweetgall.

After recompiling the apps, developers can submit them the Microsoft Store.

The Store is accepting Arm64 UWP apps in both C++ and .NET Native. Developers can use the Desktop Bridge to wrap Arm64 binaries into a package that can be submitted to the Store.

Alternatively, developers can distribute dedicated Arm64 versions of Win32 apps on their own website or integrate Arm64 into existing multi-architecture installers.

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November 16, 2018 brianradio2016

Mark Zuckerberg went on the defense Thursday after a damning report in the New York Times faulted him and COO Sheryl Sandberg for how they handled the Russian hacking controversy. “The reality of running a company of more than 10,000 people is that you’re not going to know everything…

November 16, 2018 brianradio2016

Guidance: Old, but still works, but expensive for what it is now.

This one is tricky. The hardware of the iPod touch was last updated back in July 2015, which means that by modern standards it’s getting quite long in the tooth. However, the July 2017 price cut means that it’s a better deal than it was a few weeks ago.

Personally, I’d see what happens at the next iPhone launch. It’s quite possible that the price cut was a way for Apple to clear stock of the 6th-generation models before making an update. Or it may be a way to clear stock before killing it off altogether.

Either way, I’d wait and see what happens later this year.

Hardware last updated: Storage options and price tweaks July 2017, but underlying product based on the iPod touch from July 2015