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  • Facebook stored hundreds of millions of user passwords in plain text for years

    3h By Thom Holwerda
    Hundreds of millions of Facebook users had their account passwords stored in plain text and searchable by thousands of Facebook employees — in some cases going back to 2012, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. Facebook says an ongoing investigation has so far found…
  • Remastering Star Trek: Deep Space Nine with machine learning

    3h By Thom Holwerda
    As a little side-project, I have been working on putting the artificial neural networks of AI Gigapixel to the test and having them upscale another favorite thing of mine… Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9). Just like Final Fantasy 7, of which I am upscaling…
  • An exclusive look at an original iPhone prototype

    2:55am By Thom Holwerda
    Apple had developed the iPhone in secret over those two and a half years, and for many inside the company, the device had only been known by the codenames “M68” and “Purple 2.” Apple was focused on surprising everyone with the iPhone, and that meant…
  • Google hit with €1.5bn fine from EU over advertising

    Wed 8:46pm By Thom Holwerda
    Google has been hit with a €1.49bn (£1.28bn) fine from the EU for blocking rival online search advertisers. It is the third EU fine for the search and advertising giant in two years. The case accuses Google of abusing its market dominance by restricting…
  • Most of Apple’s touted services revenue comes from microtransations in free-to-play games

    Wed 8:44pm By Thom Holwerda
    There’s an interesting observation in this article that not enough people seem to realise: Probably one of the biggest contributors to Apple’s revenue is the massively popular App Store, which was estimated as of May 2018 to have seen upward of 170 billion…
  • Google to ask Android users in the EU which browser and search engine they want to use

    Tue 9:15pm By Thom Holwerda
    After the Commission’s July 2018 decision, we changed the licensing model for the Google apps we build for use on Android phones, creating new, separate licenses for Google Play, the Google Chrome browser, and for Google Search. In doing so, we maintained…
  • Google formally reveals its new game streaming platform Stadia, works on basically any screen

    Tue 9:09pm By Thom Holwerda
    In case you’re out of the loop, Stadia follows last year’s Project Stream test, which Google views as a resounding success. In essence, Stadia is Project Stream, delivering a similar game-streaming service, but done bigger, better, and with more features.…
  • Nvidia announces $99 AI computer for developers, makers, and researchers

    Mon 10:04pm By Thom Holwerda
    In recent years, advances in AI have produced algorithms for everything from image recognition to instantaneous translation. But when it comes to applying these advances in the real world, we’re only just getting started. A new product from Nvidia announced…
  • Kryofluxing PC floppies

    Mon 7:26pm By Thom Holwerda
    Last year I finally bought a Kryoflux, unfortunately in the middle of moving house. Now I’m finally able to use it beyond verifying that it’s not completely broken. After imaging a few dozens of floppies, I can say one thing–Kryoflux is surprisingly…
  • Suse is once again an independent company

    Mon 7:22pm By Thom Holwerda
    Open-source infrastructure and application delivery vendor Suse — the company behind one of the oldest Linux distributions — today announced that it is once again an independent company. The company today finalized its $2.5 billion acquisition by growth…
  • Is computer code a foreign language?

    Mon 7:20pm By Thom Holwerda
    Maryland’s legislature is considering a bill to allow computer coding courses to fulfill the foreign language graduation requirement for high school. A similar bill passed the Florida State Senate in 2017 (but was ultimately rejected by the full…
  • A Pi-powered Plan 9 cluster

    Mar 14, 2019, 9:59 pm By Thom Holwerda
    Plan 9 from Bell Labs comes from the same stable as the UNIX operating system, which of course Linux was designed after, and Apple’s OS X runs on top of a certified UNIX operating system. Just like UNIX, Plan 9 was developed as a research OS — a vehicle…
  • Android Q will allow more permissions for third-party apps set as defaults

    Mar 14, 2019, 8:55 pm By Thom Holwerda
    If you’re setting an app to be your default browser or email client, you probably trust it with your data. However, you still have to manually grant it permission for everything. Starting with Android Q, apps set as defaults will be automatically granted…
  • SweRV: an annotated deep dive

    Mar 14, 2019, 8:52 pm By Thom Holwerda
    To satisfy the true geeks, Western Digital organized a Swerv Deep Dive at the Bay Area RISC-V Meetup. The meetup was well organized (free food!) and attended by roughly 100 people. A Webex recording of this meetup is currently still available here. (The first…
  • Facebook’s data deals are under criminal investigation

    Mar 14, 2019, 8:49 pm By Thom Holwerda
    Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with some of the world’s largest technology companies, intensifying scrutiny of the social media giant’s business practices as it seeks to rebound from a year of…