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What is a VPN and why would you need one?

  Understanding VPN: A Comprehensive Guide for Beginners In today's digital age, the internet is an essential part of our daily lives. From online banking and shopping to social networking and entertainment, we rely on the internet for numerous activities. However, with the increasing reliance on the internet, concerns about online privacy and security have become more prominent. This is where a VPN comes into play. If you're unfamiliar with the term, this guide will explain what a VPN is, how it works, and why you might want to consider using one. What is a VPN? VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It is a service that creates a secure, encrypted connection between your device (such as a computer, smartphone, or tablet) and the internet. Think of it as a private tunnel through which your data travels, hidden from prying eyes. How Does a VPN Work? When you connect to the internet without a VPN, your data travels through your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and can be potenti
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Apple made changes to App Store rules to allow retro game emulators

On Friday, Apple introduced significant updates to its App Store regulations, notably permitting the global distribution of emulators for retro console games, accompanied by the option for downloading associated titles. Nonetheless, the tech giant emphasized that developers bear the responsibility of ensuring compliance with copyright regulations. While Android users have long enjoyed access to a plethora of emulators for reliving classic gaming experiences on their devices, Apple's recent policy adjustment is poised to incentivize developers in this domain to consider bringing their emulator applications to the App Store. Under the new guidelines, emulator apps must integrate an in-app purchase mechanism for the procurement of digital items. With Apple adapting its App Store protocols in response to regulatory mandates, the emergence of such gaming applications could potentially furnish the company with an additional revenue stream. Earlier this year, in alignment with the EU'

AT&T Resets Millions of Customer Passcodes After Data Leak: What You Need to Know

AT&T recently confirmed a significant data breach affecting over 7.6 million current customers and 65 million former customers. The leaked information, which dates back to 2019 or earlier, includes personal details like names, addresses, phone numbers, and social security numbers. Fortunately, financial information and call history were not compromised. In response to the breach, AT&T has reset passcodes for affected customers. Passcodes, usually four-digit numbers, serve as an additional layer of security when accessing accounts. However, security experts warn that the encrypted passcodes leaked alongside customer information could be easily deciphered, posing a risk of unauthorized account access. Affected customers are advised to set up free fraud alerts with major credit bureaus and remain vigilant for any suspicious activity related to their accounts. AT&T is proactively reaching out to impacted customers via email or letter to inform them about the breach and the meas

Apple sues former iOS engineer for allegedly leaking confidential product details

Apple has taken legal action against a former employee, Andrew Aude, for allegedly leaking confidential information to journalists and employees of other companies. The lawsuit, filed in California state court, accuses Aude of divulging undisclosed details about Apple's Journal app, the development of the VisionOS headset, regulatory compliance strategies, employee headcounts, and other product hardware characteristics. According to the lawsuit, Aude reportedly communicated extensively with a Wall Street Journal journalist, referred to as "Homeboy," over 1,400 times using an encrypted messaging app between June and September 2023. He also shared a final feature list for an unannounced Apple product with "Homeboy" over the phone and exchanged over 10,000 text messages with another journalist at The Information, even traveling across the continent to meet her. Apple alleges that Aude leaked a list of finalized features for Apple's Journal app in a phone call w

NYC will be testing AI gun detectors on the subway

New York City is set to launch a trial of technology utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) to detect guns at subway turnstiles, announced Mayor Eric Adams on Thursday. This initiative follows a recent incident at a Brooklyn subway station where a man was shot with his own firearm during an altercation. The city has teamed up with Evolv, a company based in Massachusetts known for its weapons detection technology used in schools and various venues nationwide. However, Evolv has faced criticism regarding the accuracy of its machines, along with two government investigations and a class action lawsuit from shareholders. The pilot program, scheduled to commence in 90 days, aligns with the POST Act, mandating the New York City Police Department to disclose surveillance technologies used and provide impact and use statements before implementing new technologies. During this waiting period, the city will also assess other potential vendors. Mayor Adams emphasized the city's openness to te

Sam Bankman-Fried sentenced to 25 years in jail for FTX fraud

FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for his involvement in seven counts of conspiracy and fraud related to the collapse of the cryptocurrency exchange he established. The judge handed down a sentence of 240 months for four charges and 60 months for two others, along with ordering Bankman-Fried to forfeit more than $11 billion, including property, as recommended by prosecutors. The judge's decision fell short of the 40 to 50 years requested by prosecutors, but exceeded the defense's plea for six and a half years, though it was notably less than the maximum sentence of 110 years. During the trial, it was revealed that Bankman-Fried was aware of the risks FTX faced, misused customer funds, and knowingly engaged in wrongful activities. He justified his actions by weighing the risk of getting caught against potential gains. The judge dismissed claims that customers would be reimbursed, highlighting that FTX customers suffered losses of $8 billio

Telegram is getting banned in Spain

Starting from Monday, the messaging app Telegram will be temporarily suspended in Spain due to concerns raised by media companies. This decision comes from Judge Santiago Pedraz of the Audencia Nacional, a court that handles important cases. Several media companies, such as Atresmedia, EGEDA, Mediaset, and Telefonica, filed complaints stating that Telegram was allowing users to share content without proper authorization. While these claims are under investigation, Judge Pedraz has agreed to block Telegram's services in Spain. It's stated that mobile operators will be responsible for enforcing this block. The order was issued because authorities in the Virgin Islands, where Telegram is registered, didn't respond to a court request made in July 2023. The court needed information to identify the individuals behind the accounts uploading copyrighted content. Due to the lack of cooperation, Judge Pedraz saw it necessary to take this "precautionary measure." However, so

Taiwan declares TikTok national secuirty threats

     According to a report by the Central News Agency Taiwan, Taiwan has officially labeled TikTok as a significant threat to national security, following in the footsteps of the United States, which recently passed a bill aimed at banning the Chinese-owned social media platform. Audrey Tang, Taiwan's Minister of Digital Affairs, stated that TikTok's connections with foreign adversaries are in line with the concerns raised by the United States regarding potential national security risks. In a recent statement, Tang emphasized that Taiwan has categorized TikTok as a "dangerous product." She explained that any product susceptible to control by foreign entities, whether directly or indirectly, poses a threat to national information and communication security, as per Taiwan's standards. This decision by Taiwan echoes similar actions taken in the United States. The recent bill passed by the US House of Representatives targeted ByteDance, TikTok's parent company, gi

Spotify testing music videos on some countries

Spotify is stepping up its game by introducing music videos to its mobile and desktop apps in certain countries. This new feature seamlessly integrates music videos with the platform's extensive music library, allowing users to switch between audio and video content effortlessly. As of now, this update is in beta testing and is only available in 11 selected markets, excluding the U.S. The countries included in this initial rollout are Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands, Poland, Philippines, Sweden, and the UK. Sten Garmark, Spotify’s VP Global Head of Consumer Experience, explained that these countries were chosen based on various factors such as market size and local content availability. The company plans to expand this feature to more countries in the future. To access music videos, users need an active premium subscription. Free users will still need to use YouTube to watch music videos. Here's how it works: instead of searching for music videos

Safeguarding Internet Privacy: Supreme Court of Canada Upholds Protection of IP Addresses

In a recent ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed the significance of privacy rights concerning internet addresses. The court declared that police cannot simply obtain a suspect’s IP address without a court order, emphasizing the expectation of privacy that Canadian residents hold for such information. The court's decision stemmed from a case in 2017 involving Calgary police investigating fraudulent online activities at a liquor store. Initially, police demanded IP addresses from a credit card processor, which eventually led to obtaining subscriber information from Telus. This information was pivotal in making arrests and securing convictions in multiple offenses. Despite previous convictions, the accused contested the legality of obtaining IP addresses without proper authorization. The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, asserted that IP addresses carry a reasonable expectation of privacy, necessitating judicial approval before access. The ruling emphasizes that obtaining jud

Apple Reverses Decision on Home Screen Web Apps in the EU

Last month, Apple made a big announcement about removing Home Screen web apps in the European Union with the launch of iOS 17.4. But now, they've changed their minds. What are Home Screen web apps? Home Screen web apps, sometimes called progressive web apps or PWAs, are like mini-apps you can add to your phone's home screen from the web. They work just like regular apps but are based on web technology. Why the Change? At first, Apple said they had to remove Home Screen web apps to follow rules set by the Digital Markets Act in the EU. They were concerned about security and privacy with different web browsers. The Backtrack After facing criticism and concerns about limiting web app possibilities, Apple decided to keep Home Screen web apps in the EU. They realized people wanted to keep using them. What Does This Mean? Home Screen web apps will still work in the EU, just like before. They'll keep using WebKit, which is a tool for browsing the web, ensuring security and privacy

Decoding Elon Musk's Hilariously Flawed Case Against OpenAI

Elon Musk is taking OpenAI to court today, claiming some pretty wild stuff. He says that GPT-4 is more than just smart; it's actually as smart as a human. He's basically saying that OpenAI, led by Sam Altman, isn't really a charity for the greater good of humanity like it claims. Instead, Musk thinks they're just another tech company trying to make a ton of money. And you know what? He might have a point there! But here's the thing: Musk isn't exactly the most reliable guy when it comes to these matters. His lawyers seem to think it's more profitable to file lawsuits than to stick to the facts. Let's break down the lawsuit. Musk says OpenAI breached a contract. But here's the kicker: there's no actual contract! Musk talks about a "Founding Agreement," but there's no solid proof of its existence. They're going off vibes from emails, which isn't exactly a legal foundation. Then there's this whole thing about an email excha