Plus Android Q Beta 2 hits pixel devices, Verizon turns off the switch of its 5G network in some new cities and Apple announces the Beats Powerbeats Pro to compete with its own AirPods. Wait, what?
540 million Facebook user records, passwords, comments and other information
The biggest story of the last day was undoubtedly another Facebook leak . This time, sensitive data such as passwords were part of the leak, as well as Facebook IDs, comments, responses, account names, and so on.
This delicious thing was caused by third-party app developers being careless with their user data and storing it on an unsecured Amazon S3 server. Specifically, two services were blamed for this data leak: a Mexican media company called Cultura Colectiva and an application with Facebook integration called At the Pool.
The former was responsible for most of the damage here 1
The good news is that the data buckets have since been removed from Amazon servers; The problem, however, is that it is unclear how much exposure they have received before being drawn. In a statement to Gizmodo, Facebook points out that it violates its policy to store information in public databases and worked with Amazon to retrieve that data once the problem became known. Here is the full explanation for anyone interested:
The Facebook policies prohibit the storage of Facebook information in a public database. As soon as we became aware of the problem, we worked with Amazon to shut down the databases. We strive to work with the developers on our platform to protect people's personal information.
The biggest problem for Facebook users, however, is that the data was leaked in the first place. Once that's done, it will not go away. If your data was part of this particular injury, they are here now. Facebook can not control it. As UpGuard pointed out, "the data genius can not be put into the bottle."
The advantage is that if you have never used any of the services in question, you are safe. However, if you have, then this is probably a cause for concern.
[UpGuard via Gizmodo]
Apple News: Beats Powerbeats Pro Announced with AirPods in Competition
Apple is also putting Apple Watch and iPad Pro issues to the test. the price of the HomePod drops and more.
- Beats' truly wireless headphones, recently found in iOS 12.2 source code, are now official. They have Apple's H1 chip and "Hey Siri" integration, making them real AirPod competitors [9to5Mac]
- Apple recently had problems with its MacBook keyboards that were covered in the last week. But now it's under attack as there are issues with the Apple Watch battery and the iPad Pros that have keystrokes. Not a good look for Apple. [Gizmodo]
- If you've been thinking about taking a HomePod, maybe it's time for Apple to cut the price by $ 50, to $ 299. What a bargain [MacRumors]
- Recently, MacWorld has named the new iPad Air a "Sweet Spot" with a full review. [MacWorld]
- Engadget has also tested the new Air. And guess what? They liked it too. [Engadget]
- If you have a Vizio TV, beta invitations are offered for users to test AirPlay integration. More information about sign up for the beta can be found here. [9to5Mac]
As you probably know, Apple owns beats. And while it would not make any sense for Beats to ignore the truly wireless headphone market, it's fascinating to see the company launch the Powerbeats Pro with features similar to Apple's AirPods.
It could be argued that Apple's headphone market is dramatically different than anything beats offers, but it's still interesting to see it compete with itself, so to speak.
I think in the end it does not matter which one you buy, but Apple is getting paid way too. Good game, Apple.
Google News: Android Q Beta 2 Released
Plus Google's Call Screening will come on more devices, the Galaxy S10 5G, and bad news for little musicians using the Play Artist Hub.
- Android Q Beta 2 includes many fixes and features. Most of those we'll talk about below. [Android Developers Blog]
- The Great Features of Q Beta 2: Chat Bubbles and Foldable Phone Support. Kind. [The Verge]
- Q Beta 2 offers iOS-like task switching, which is amazing. Steal iOS gestures, Google. So good. [Android Police]
- There's a new Pixel Design app that lets you change fonts, icons, accent colors, and more on pixel devices. [XDA Developers]
- Media notifications in Q Beta 2 now include progress bars. [Android Police]
- Good news for Left Swiper: With Q Beta 2, you can choose how to swipe to cancel notifications. [9to5Google]
- The new Scoped Storage feature saves apps in their own sandbox in the phone's storage partition. Apps can not see or write the sandboxes of other apps. This is a killer privacy feature. [Android Police]
- Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have been toggled in the Settings main menu in Android Q. It looks very much like Chrome OS. [9to5Google]
- Screenshots for Q Beta 2 no longer show the score. Thanks google! [Android Police]
- Verizon will release the 5G Galaxy S10 on May 16 in Non-ANdroid Q-News. Yay? [9to5Google]
- Google's call-tracking feature, one of Pixel's best features, is used on the Moto G7 and One phones. [The Verge]
- As Google moves (slowly) from Play Music to YouTube Music, the Play Artist Hub shuts down, allowing smaller artists to upload music directly and manage their own presence in the Play Store. That's a real crap. [9to5Google]
- Did you know that you can use pictures in pictures to watch local videos in Chrome? Apparently you can. [Techdows]
It's fascinating to see how Android beta versions are being transferred to Pixel devices because you can watch the developers at work. It's always great to see new features and optimizations when they hit the market, and it's always exciting to flick through the new things to get a sense of what's going on behind the scenes.
In Q Beta 2, the most exciting feature for me is scoped storage. If I gave apps full access to the entire storage partition of my device, it never felt right, so it makes perfect sense to give each app its own storage sandbox. Most apps outside of file managers do not have to see anything else anyway, so this is an excellent privacy feature. Good for you, Google!
Related News: Someone has found all these "lost" MySpace songs
Plus Verizon is switching the switch for its 5G network into two new cities, there's a third-party switch controller with headphone Jack and a scary one Feasibility study shows massive weaknesses in the equipment of hospitals.
- A few weeks ago, it was revealed that MySpace lost nearly 500,000 songs during a server migration. Today, an "anonymous academic group" came forward with all the lost music. It has apparently downloaded 1.3 terabytes of tunes from the once-popular network for research purposes. Super cool. [The Verge]
- Verizon's 5G network is live in Chicago and Minneapolis. Must go fast! [CNET]
- PDP announced the wired Faceoff Deluxe + Controller for Switch and has a built-in headphone jack. It just makes sense. [Engadget]
- You can now get HBO directly from the Roku Channel. No separate app required. Kind. [The Verge]
- This has nothing to do with tech, but I thought it was cool and wanted to share it: a research group made a small guillotine to decapitate mosquitoes and help fight malaria. So metal. [Wired]
- In less entertaining news, research in Isreal showed evidence of the evidence of the concept that highlights the vulnerabilities in hospital equipment. This particular malware attacked CT machines and inserted false cancer nodes into the scan. This led the radiologists to believe the patient had cancer. That's scary. [The Washington Post]
I am a parent of a chronically ill child. We depend on blood work, scans, cultures and more to monitor his health every month. This is absolutely crucial for his overall well-being. The idea that someone could hack, compromise, or otherwise soil these scans is frightening.
But the biggest question here is why ? Why would someone want to do that? Malware is a portmanteau of "Malicious Software," which at its core points to the why: malice. There may be money to deduct – certainly for hospitals or prescription providers, but we certainly can not assume that the very people who treat us for our complaints may be responsible for diagnosing things that are not exist, right? I would never suggest such a thing as a fact, but it's something we've seen in the past.
However, the point of this research is still up to date: there are real weaknesses in hospital equipment and it is high time we started this seriously. The life of the people is endangered here.