FBI Worried Ring and Other Doorbell Cameras Could Tip Owners Off To Police Searches

FBI documents warned that owners of Amazon’s Ring and similar video doorbells can use the systems — which collect video footage sometimes used to investigate crimes — in order to watch police instead. The Verge reports: The Intercept spotted the files in the BlueLeaks data trove aggregated from law enforcement agencies. One 2019 analysis describes numerous ways police and the …

Today, Apple made changes to its app review process to save face with devs

Here’s where developers can request changes to App Store review guidelines. [credit: Samuel Axon ] As promised back in July, Apple has today made some notable changes to the app review and feedback process used by developers of apps for the tech giant’s operating systems. Apple posted a message today to one of its developer portals saying that, moving forward, …

AT&T, Ready For Your $30 Billion DirecTV Haircut?

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: AT&T is once again looking to sell its DirecTV unit, a business that has lost billions of dollars in value since the wireless carrier acquired it in 2015. The sooner it waves goodbye, the better. The question is, who wants it? DirecTV has faded into the background at AT&T, a company now …

The Blurred Lines and Closed Loops of Google Search

Early this year, Google pushed out a seemingly tiny tweak to how it displays search ads for desktop computers. From a report: Previously, the search engine had marked paid results with the word “Ad” in a green box, tucked beneath the headline next to a matching green display URL. Now, all of a sudden, the “Ad” and the URL shifted …

Attackers are trying to exploit a high-severity zeroday in Cisco gear

Enlarge (credit: Cisco) Telecoms and data-center operators take note: attackers are actively trying to exploit a high-severity zeroday vulnerability in Cisco networking devices, the company warned over the weekend. The security flaw resides in Cisco’s iOS XR Software, an operating system for carrier-grade routers and other networking devices used by telecommunications and data-center providers. In an advisory published on Saturday, …

New Chinese Restrictions on Tech Exports Could Complicate TikTok Sale

New export controls on technologies that Beijing deems sensitive are threatening to derail efforts by American companies to acquire TikTok’s U.S. operations from its Chinese parent company ByteDance, the Wall Street Journal reports. From a report: The regulations were unveiled on Friday and prevent “technology based on data analysis for personalized information recommendation services” — which would likely apply to …

Google Images Launches ‘Licensable’ Badge and Search Filter

Google today launched new features in Google Images “to help people use images on the web responsibly.” From a report: The features should benefit photographers, as they help people both identify photos that can be licensed as well as find out how to properly license them. Google Images’ new “Licensable” badge, which had been in beta testing since February 2020, …

Big Oil Is in Trouble. Its Plan: Flood Africa With Plastic.

Confronting a climate crisis that threatens the fossil fuel industry, oil companies are racing to make more plastic. But they face two problems: Many markets are already awash with plastic, and few countries are willing to be dumping grounds for the world’s plastic waste. The industry thinks it has found a solution to both problems in Africa. From a report: …

Lenovo’s new lineup: An Android tablet, leather laptops, and a gaming machine

The Lenovo 9i. [credit: Lenovo ] PC- and gadget-maker Lenovo has announced a suite of consumer products for the holiday season this year, including three new Yoga-brand Windows laptops. The company had already announced other laptops in this line—including the Yoga Slim 7i, the Yoga Slim 7i Pro, the Yoga Slim 7 pro, the Yoga 6, and the 2-in-1 Yoga …

Apple Mistakenly Approved a Widely Used Malware To Run on Macs

Apple has some of the strictest rules to prevent malicious software from landing in its app store, even if on occasion a bad app slips through the net. But last year Apple took its toughest approach yet by requiring developers to submit their apps for security checks in order to run on millions of Macs unhindered. From a report: The …