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Big Apple Leaks; Spectrum Bait + Switch; Wild Laptop; Better Security
 

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August 31 · Issue #82 · View online
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Big Apple Leaks; Spectrum Bait + Switch; Wild Laptop; Better Security

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Apple’s big event. We finally have a date for Apple’s next big iPhone unveiling. The Cupertino company sent out invites for a September 12 event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino. But before the ink was even dry on the invites, huge leaks started flowing with photos (not renders!) of the products Apple will probably unveil next month. 9to5Mac posted images of a pair of new iPhone X-style handsets (one might be called the iPhone XS) and, soon after, an image of what it claims is the Apple Watch 4. Those leaks could be right on the nose, only part of the story, or completely wrong. Whatever the case, I’ll be there on the ground to give you the real-time facts.
Exclusive: This is ‘iPhone XS’ — design, larger version, and gold colors confirmed | 9to5Mac Exclusive: This is ‘iPhone XS’ — design, larger version, and gold colors confirmed | 9to5Mac
Cable conundrum. Say it with me, “All we really want is Internet.” Better yet, try saying that to a cable company. It’ll do back flips to ensure you still buy cable TV and even phone. You love the Triple Play, right? Of course not. Cord cutters know they aren’t cutting cords so much as economic ties to a part of cable’s business. They get their TV through the Internet and set-top boxes. Cable companies want no part of this and will do whatever they can to hold the line and up-sell you services you don’t want or need. Take Spectrum, the company made me twist myself into knots to try and get my daughter good Internet and nothing else. It’s an incredible, true tale.
My Spectrum Internet Bait and Switch – Lance Ulanoff – Medium My Spectrum Internet Bait and Switch – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
Crazy new laptop. I was not a fan of the original Lenovo Yoga Book, which replaced the keyboard with full-sized virtual screen keyboard. Yes, it was as hard to use as it is to explain. The new Yoga Book C930, which Lenovo unveiled at IFA (there are a ton of new laptops coming out of that show in Germany), turns that keyboard panel into an e-ink screen. So now it’s a keyboard, a monochrome digitizing tablet, and, if you flip the screen onto the back, it becomes an e-ink reader. I still don’t get it.
Lenovo's Yoga Book C930 Redefines a Travel Laptop | WIRED Lenovo's Yoga Book C930 Redefines a Travel Laptop | WIRED
Better security. Our inability to create and remember decent passwords leaves us open to all sorts of hacks and phishing attacks. One way around that is using what’s known as two-factor-authentication, which means that in addition to the password, you have to enter another security code usually sent to the smartphone in your hand. A third way is to use a physical key that you have to connect or insert into your computer. Google’s been using one of those in their company for years. Now you can buy it, too. Of course, you have to worry about losing the key.
Google Titan Security Key Kit Now on Sale for $50 | News & Opinion | PCMag.com Google Titan Security Key Kit Now on Sale for $50 | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
P.S. You need a lot of LEGOs for this.
P.S. I believe the Tesla can fly.
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Lance on TV. Speaking of security (remember? I mentioned it above?). I’ll be on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Monday at 9 AM ET talking about staying safe online. Tune in!
It’s also Labor Day, so I’ll be taking a tiny holiday from the LanceList. Enjoy your holiday weekend and I’ll see you Wednesday!
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