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Face off, Truth, The Dead Tell Tales, Last Chance App, Space Book


March 26 · Issue #19 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Face off, Truth, The Dead Tell Tales, Last Chance App, Space Book

Face it. Facebook’s no good very bad terrible horrible week continued on into the weekend as a report emerged that it was collecting phone numbers on Android phones. Some discovered this when they downloaded their Facebook data in preparation for #DeletingFacebook. Apparently, Apple’s security settings prevented this same kind of texting number collection on iOS. There is, of course, more to this story. Initial reports made it clear this is an opt-in feature. Subsequent reports, though, made that less clear and, finally, Facebook released a statement explaining what the feature is and how it works. The reality? Facebook never tried to hide what they were doing, but to encourage users to sign up for this, they made opt-in about as clear as mud. My two cents? Maybe next time, just don’t try and overreach, Facebook. And users? Stop saying “yes” without reading the fine print. As for iOS users? You can quit with the smug smile, already.
Truth. Unless less you were living under a rug, you know that hundreds of thousands of young people marched across the country to urge congress to adopt stricter gun laws (and to, perhaps, get out the vote for next fall). While many want to characterize this as a battle over Second Amendment rights and the constitution, it’s really about adjusting guns laws, not banning them outright. That fact, though, has not stopped opponents from using crafty Photoshop technology and the Internet’s native viral nature to spread blatant falsehoods about one young woman who made history with silence. It’s just another reminder that you cannot believe everything you see on your social feeds. Investigate before you share. And if you want to know what the villains in this story did, follow the link.
No, Emma González did not rip up the U.S. Constitution
The dead do tell tales. Looks like the police have found that you can use a dead person’s finger to unlock their iPhone. This according to a new report in Forbes that details authorities’ efforts to unlock dead criminals’ devices with digits. They’re also, possibly, making bad guys glance at their Face ID-supporting phones to unlock them. It’s a whole, new crime-fighting world.
Yes, Cops Are Now Opening iPhones With Dead People's Fingerprints
Last Chance. What to do when your iPhone is almost out of juice? Text, of course. The Die With Me app is literally designed for that special moment when your battery is in the red and you just want to talk about your predicament. Nope. I don’t get it.
Die With Me: a chat app
To go where no book. Yes, I love Star Trek and have read numerous books on the original series, which only ran for three seasons in the late 1960s. More than fifty years after the premiere, you’d think people would have run out of things to say about it, but they have not. This new book, Autographs of the Final Frontier, by Gerald Gurian, promises to get closer to the day-to-day production than ever before. There are script notes from Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and photos I’ve never seen before. Fellow Trekkies, this looks like a winner.
This New Star Trek Book Is a Remarkably Intimate Look at the People Making the Show, as They Made It
Event watch. Apple’s big day is tomorrow in Chicago. Expect new iPads, new educational software and maybe more. Just remember to watch my feeds (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Periscope and Medium) for all the details.
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