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David Attenborough has a dire warning

CNN - Tue, 2018-12-04 11:14
Renowned nature broadcaster David Attenborough has told world leaders that climate change could lead to collapse of civilizations, and much of the natural world.

Insurance company collapses after California's most destructive wildfire

CNN - Tue, 2018-12-04 11:14
California's Camp Fire didn't just kill dozens of people and destroy thousands of homes. It also left an insurance company in financial ruins, unable to pay millions of dollars to policyholders.

The Best Theater of 2018

NY Times - Tue, 2018-12-04 11:13
It was a year when classics were reincarnated in deceptively modest interpretations, conventional story forms were tossed aside and strong voices roared.

Apple-Certified Third-Party Lightning to USB-C Cables Expected Early Next Year

MacRumors - Tue, 2018-12-04 11:11
Apple-certified Lightning to USB-C cables should be available from select third-party accessory makers starting early next year.

Last week, Apple informed members of its Made for iPhone or "MFi" licensing program that Lightning to USB-C cables for charging and syncing are now permitted to be manufactured. These cables require a new Lightning connector with part number C94, which Made for iPhone program members can now order.

Apple is selling the new Lightning connector to eligible hardware manufacturers for $2.88 per, and it is estimated to ship in six weeks, according to documentation shared with MacRumors by Hong Kong website ChargerLab.

This means that third-party accessory makers enrolled in the Made for iPhone program, such as Anker, Aukey, Belkin, and Incipio, should have the part necessary to create MFi-certified Lightning to USB-C cables by mid-January and, allowing time for production, could be available to purchase by February or March.

A Lightning to USB-C cable is required to fast charge the iPhone 8 and newer with an 18W-plus power adapter. Otherwise, the new C94 connector is expected to provide a maximum of 15W of power with a standard power adapter.

Apple is currently the only retailer of certified Lightning to USB-C cables at a cost of $19 for the one-meter option and $35 for two-meters in the United States. The one-meter cable was originally $25, but it received a price cut in November 2016 alongside some of Apple's other USB-C adapters and cables.

The biggest advantage to third-party Lightning to USB-C cables is that many will likely be significantly less expensive than Apple's own, while still meeting Apple performance standards under the Made for iPhone program. Many third-party options will likely have more durable designs too, such as a braided cable.

Apple first informed its Made for iPhone program members about its plans to allow third-party Lightning to USB-C cables earlier this year.

Tags: USB-C, Lightning, MFi Program
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Analysis: Now Eric Trump has thoughts on Kellyanne Conway's marriage

CNN - Tue, 2018-12-04 11:10
On Monday -- and then again Tuesday morning, Eric Trump, the middle son of the President of the United States, weighed in on an issue that has roiled official Washington: The marriage between White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway and prominent Trump critic George Conway.

Review: Helm Personal Server gets email self-hosting (almost) exactly right

Ars - Tue, 2018-12-04 11:00

Enlarge / The Helm Personal Server, in situ in my office during the review.

Specs at a glance: Helm Personal Server CPU Quad-core 1.6GHz ARM Cortex-A72 w/TrustZone crypto module RAM 2GB ECC Storage 128GB NVMe SSD w/256-bit AES-XTS encryption Connectivity 802.11ac/a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB-C 3.0 Dimensions 111.1mm x 180.9mm x 130.1mm (4.375" x 7.125" x 5.125") Price $499.99 at the Helm store (plus $99/year subscription, waived for first year)

As Ars security-meister Dan Goodin noted in his initial write-up back in October, the Helm Personal Server is a small-ish ARM-based email server that sits in your home and does for you what Gmail or Outlook.com or whomever your current email provider does for you. It’s a full-featured, single-domain (for now) MTA in a box that you can use with an unlimited number of email addresses and accounts, and it gives you 128GB of space to use as a mail store for those accounts. It also gives you CalDAV calendaring, notes, and CardDAV contacts, and it does it all with open-source applications that are chosen and configured in a way that demonstrates a solid bias toward individual security and privacy.

And I like it. I like it a lot. I didn’t think I would, but after spending a week with the device, I’m almost ready to spring for one—almost. And that’s high praise, coming from a paranoid email self-hoster like me.

Based on my short time with the Personal Server, the praise is properly earned. The Helm team based its product mostly around the same mail stack that I personally prefer and use—the holy trinity of Postfix for SMTP, Dovecot for IMAP, and SpamAssassin for keeping things clean. The device properly uses SPF, DKIM, and DMARC—and handles all the DNS stuff necessary to make those things work. End-user data is smartly encrypted at rest and in flight. Clever use of tunneling to AWS-based gateways transparently works around common ISP blocks on email service ports. And, perhaps most importantly, you don’t have to know what any of that stuff means to use the device securely—casual folks who maybe just want to lessen their reliance on Google or Microsoft will find the transition to Helm relatively painless, and there aren’t many ways to screw it up and make yourself less secure.

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Donald Trump, Wisconsin, George Bush: Your Tuesday Briefing

NY Times - Tue, 2018-12-04 10:59
Here’s what you need to know.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai will testify to Congress on Dec. 11

Washington Post - Tue, 2018-12-04 10:50
Google chief executive Sundar Pichai is now slated to testify to Congress on Tuesday, December 11, after lawmakers rescheduled their original hearing in light of former President George H.W. Bush's death.

Tim Cook: Apple won’t tolerate white supremacists, conspiracy theorists

Ars - Tue, 2018-12-04 10:46

Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook looks on as the iPhone X goes on sale at an Apple Store on November 3, 2017 in Palo Alto, California. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Apple CEO Tim Cook further condemned white supremacists when he accepted an award from the Anti-Defamation League at an event in New York on Monday. The ADL honored Cook with its first ever Courage Against Hate Award, and the tech CEO took his time on the stage to address Apple's stance against hate speech and what he thinks are tech companies' responsibilities to customers.

"From the earliest days of iTunes to Apple Music today, we have always prohibited music with a message of white supremacy," Cook said. "Why? Because it’s the right thing to do. And as we showed this year, we won’t give a platform to violent conspiracy theorists on the App Store."

He went on to say that tech companies shouldn't be afraid to take the moral high-ground and stand up against hate speech and discrimination of all sorts.

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GM's restructuring was tough. Ford's could be even harder

CNN - Tue, 2018-12-04 10:42
General Motors has already announced plant closings and big job cuts. Ford could be next.

Top CFOs targeted by a sophisticated email scam

CNN - Tue, 2018-12-04 10:35
A group of hackers based in Nigeria is trying to trick thousands of top executives across the globe into sending them company funds.

Porsche just remade its signature sports car

CNN - Tue, 2018-12-04 10:31
Few brands are as purely built around a single product as Porsche is around the 911.

Trilobites: Devoted Dads of the Amphibian World

NY Times - Tue, 2018-12-04 10:31
The males of an obscure frog species in Borneo faithfully tend their eggs, undistracted by new mates.

‘He Did Not Lead on AIDS’: With Bush, Activists See a Mixed Legacy

NY Times - Tue, 2018-12-04 10:31
The 41st president signed two important H.I.V./AIDS laws, but many activists saw him as a barrier to addressing the crisis in the 1980s and 1990s.

Kobe Bryant disses Warriors fans

CNN - Tue, 2018-12-04 10:30

What Khashoggi's death says about data hacks

CNN - Tue, 2018-12-04 10:15
Hacks on high-profile companies like Marriott, Yahoo and Facebook have become more common, exposing huge amounts of data. CNN's John Avlon explains why the US shouldn't turn a blind eye to breaches in cybersecurity.
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