Facebook will use facial recognition to tell you when people upload your picture

From Recode: If someone uploads a photo of your face to Facebook, the company usually knows that it’s you thanks to facial recognition technology.

Now Facebook won’t just know it’s you — it’ll tell you about the photo, too.

Facebook is expanding its use of facial recognition technology and will now alert people that a friend, or a friend of a friend, uploaded a photo of them, even if they haven’t been tagged in the picture.

Apple iPhones slow down as batteries age, says report

From CNET: If you've noticed your older iPhone slowing down, the problem might be tied to the battery.

John Poole, founder of Primate Labs, the company behind the Geekbench processor benchmarking software, says in a blog post that iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 phones have a problem that is "widespread, and will only get worse as phones (and their batteries) continue to age."

Samsung May Announce Galaxy S9 in February 2018

From ExtremeTech: Samsung is the top Android device maker by a comfortable margin, which makes it a natural rival to Apple. The companies are constantly trying to one-up each other with their latest flagship designs, and the most recent blow was struck by Apple with the iPhone X. Despite that high starting price, the iPhone X is doing well. Samsung may be looking to slow Apple’s momentum with an earlier-than-expected unveiling of the Galaxy S9. Sources report Samsung is looking to show off the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus in February 2018.

U.S. Government Blames North Korea for WannaCry Ransomware Attack

From eWeek: The U.S Government officially pointed the finger on Dec. 19, at the Government of North Korea as being responsible for the WannaCry ransomware attacks that first appeared in May 2017.

Reddit was a misinformation hotspot in 2016 election, study says

From CNET: Angry lawmakers on Capitol Hill grilled Facebook, Google and Twitter lawyers last month over their companies' roles in the spread of misinformation during the 2016 presidential election.

Missing from two days of hearings? Reddit, the site that calls itself "the front page of the internet."

MediaTek, ITRI Claim Firsts in 5G Technology

From EETimes: MediaTek and Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) have developed a range of technologies that include what they say is the world’s first LWA (LTE / Wi-Fi Link Aggregation) prototype system in preparation for commercialization of 5G by 2020.

Twitter’s violence rules don't apply to military, governments

From CNET: Twitter's taking a tougher stance on threats of violence, but some groups are getting a bye.

On Monday, Twitter announced its latest push to curb abusive behavior on its social network by hate groups and organizations promoting violence. The antiviolence effort, though, has a limit.

"This policy does not apply to military or government entities and we will consider exceptions for groups that are currently engaging in (or have engaged in) peaceful resolution," Twitter wrote in its new policy, detailed on Monday.

Apple let a fake $5 Cuphead game into the App Store

From The Verge: A version of run-and-gun game Cuphead unexpectedly showed up on iOS — but it’s a scam.

TouchArcade reported that an iOS version had been published today, linking to what seems like a legitimate App Store app. It’s got real game screenshots, and it lists the seller as Cuphead developer StudioMDHR. But the support page links to “studiomdhrgames.com,” instead of StudioMDHR’s actual site, “studiomdhr.com.” If you buy the game, you’ll see an incorrect name as well: “StudioMDHR Entertainment Inc.”

Seagate To Double HDD Speed With Multi-Actuator Technology

From Tom's Hardware: We already know that HDDs suddenly have a new lease on life with new recording technologies, but now your next hard drive may be twice as fast as any drive on the market. Seagate announced that it plans to double the performance of its future HDDs with its multi-actuator technology.

Toshiba Samples eUFS Devices for Vehicles: Extended Temps and Reliabilty Features

From AnandTech: Toshiba this month announced that it had started sample shipments of the industry’s first automotive grade embedded UFS storage devices for ADAS and infotainment systems. The new eUFS chips offer capacities from 16 GB to 128 GB (with a 256 GB option coming in Q2 2018), can handle extreme temperatures and support numerous features designed to improve their reliability and ensure consistent performance.

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