Facebook collected device data on 187,000 users using banned snooping app

From TechCrunch: Facebook obtained personal and sensitive device data on about 187,000 users of its now-defunct Research app, which Apple banned earlier this year after the app violated its rules.

The social media giant said in a letter to Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s office — which TechCrunch obtained — that it collected data on 31,000 users in the U.S., including 4,300 teenagers. The rest of the collected data came from users in India.

Warning: Google Researcher Drops Windows 10 Zero-Day Security Bomb

From Forbes: A security researcher who is part of Google's "Project Zero" team tasked with hunting down zero-day vulnerabilities, has gone public with an exploitable Windows vulnerability that Microsoft is still in the process of fixing.

NFC gets a lot more powerful in iOS 13

From TechCrunch: NFC — the technology that helps power Apple Pay as well other clever features for iOS apps like Launch Center Pro’s tappable stickers — is getting a big upgrade with the launch of iOS 13, due out this fall. Instead of only allowing iPhone apps to read NFC tags, apps will be able to write directly to blank tags, as well as interact with tags through native protocols.

Pixel 4 confirmed by Google with first official photo on Twitter

From CNET: After dozens of Google Pixel 4 leaks over the past weeks, Made by Google has tweeted the first picture confirming the upcoming flagship phone. The image seems to confirm that the device will have a square camera module on the back with three rear cameras.

"Well, since there seems to be some interest, here you go! Wait 'til you see what it can do. #Pixel4," the tweet says.

AMD's new Ryzen 3000 APUs give budget gamers an affordable taste of Radeon Vega

From PC World: If you're on a Top Ramen-diet, the last thing you're probably jazzed for is AMD's new $750 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X or its $450 Radeon 5700 XT graphics card. But AMD buried some good news for budget gamers among its massive CPU, GPU, and motherboard PCIe 4.0 announcement blitz this week: A pair of affordable new Ryzen 3000-series APUs.

AMD's APUs blend the company's Ryzen processing cores with Radeon Vega graphics on a single ready-to-game chip.

Apple Accidentally Leaks Radical iPhone Upgrade

From Forbes: At this point, you probably have every reason to skip the new iPhone 11 and iPhone XR2 - they don’t look good. But wait. Apple itself has now ‘accidentally’ revealed a shock new iPhone upgrade which might just change your mind.

AMD 16-Core Ryzen 9 3950X: Up to 4.7 GHz, 105W, Coming September

From AnandTech: One of the questions that was left over from AMD’s Computex reveal of the new Ryzen 3000 family was why a 16-core version of the dual-chiplet Matisse design was not announced. Today, AMD is announcing its first 16 core CPU into the Ryzen 9 family. AMD stated that they’re not interested in the back and forth with its competition about slowly moving the leading edge in consumer computing – they want to launch the best they have to offer as soon as possible, and the 16-core is part of that strategy.

Apple can reportedly make enough iPhones outside China

From CNET: Apple is reportedly prepared if the US-China trade war forces it to move production outside China.

Its Taiwanese manufacturing partner Hon Hai Precision Industry (better known as Foxconn) can make enough iPhones to meet the needs of Apple's US market outside China if needed, according to Bloomberg.

Most iPhones are currently produced in China, but Foxconn semiconductor division chief Young Liu apparently told investors Tuesday that 25% of its production capacity is outside the mainland -- enough to satisfy the US market.

AMD releases two affordable Navi-based Radeon RX cards and lays out ray tracing plans

From PC World: AMD on Monday released its long-awaited Navi GPUs, which it claims are the best 1440p GPUs in their class—and the most affordable, too.

U.S. Customs Officials Confirm Traveler Photos Compromised As Part Of A Major Hack

From Forbes: Concerns for U.S citizens’ privacy are growing after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials confirmed photos of travelers faces and license plates had been breached. It was the result of a major cyber-attack on a federal subcontractor, according to the Washington Post.

CBP has been increasingly using cameras and video recordings at airports and land border crossings. The images captured are used to track the identity of those entering and exiting the US as part of an agency facial-recognition program.


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