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Prior to around 1800, shoes designed specifically for the left and right feet were rare; the majority of people wore “straights”, shoes that had no differentiation between the left and right sides.

 

July 11, 2019

Did You Know?

Prior to around 1800, shoes designed specifically for the left and right feet were rare; the majority of people wore “straights”, shoes that had no differentiation between the left and right sides.

 
How Does Facial Recognition Work?

Most people are comfortable with facial recognition for its use in Instagram filters and Face ID. But this relatively new technology a little creepy. Your face is like a fingerprint, and it’s difficult to understand precisely how facial recognition works. Read More »

 
Windows 7’s July 2019 Security Patch Includes Telemetry

To the surprise of Windows watchers, the latest Windows 7 “security-only” update includes telemetry. The telemetry in question is Microsoft’s “Compatibility Appraiser,” which checks PCs for problems that could prevent upgrading to Windows 10. Read More »

 
How to Open RAW Image Files on Windows 10

Windows 10 finally has built-in support for RAW images, thanks to the May 2019 Update. You’ll just need to install an extension from the Store. There are other solutions for opening RAW files on older versions of Windows, too. Read More »

 
Why Am I Getting Spam From My Own Email Address?

Have you ever opened an email only to find it’s spam or blackmail that seemed to come from your own email address? You’re not alone. Faking email addresses is called spoofing and, unfortunately, there’s little you can do about it. Read More »

 
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How to Zoom In and Out on Part of a PowerPoint Presentation

Microsoft PowerPoint lets you zoom in and out on a specific part of your PowerPoint slideshow, which can be handy both while editing and for drawing attention to important objects or ideas during the presentation. Here’s how to do it. Read More »

 
Daily News Roundup: Apple Removes Zoom’s Web Server From Your Mac

Earlier this week, a security researcher disclosed an exploit showing that websites could use Zoom’s video chat software to start your webcam and record without your permission. Now Apple is removing Zoom’s web server from all Macs automatically.

Zoom, a video chat service wanted to provide convenience. It designed its software to join a video chat and start your webcam just by clicking on a link. But then Safari, Apple’s browser, released an update to prevent exactly that behavior. Instead, you would confirm that you wanted to start your webcam.

So Zoom decided to work around that problem and installed a local web server on Macs that could bypass the security check, in the name of convenience. That entire concept is problematic, and as shown by Jonathan Leitschuh, a bad actor could easily create a website that would autojoin you to a call and start your webcam.

Worse yet, uninstalling Zoom from your Mac doesn’t remove the web server. Which meant it was easy to force a reinstall of the software, again without your permission.

Zoom promised to make changes and apparently, Apple stepped in to help. Apple released a silent update that removes Zoom’s web server from your Mac. The process is automated, and you won’t need to do anything. That should keep anyone who likes Zoom safer on MacOS. However, the autojoin feature still affects Windows. [TechCrunch]

RELATED: Zoom Lets Websites Start Filming You Without Your Consent, Even on Windows

In Other News:

  • Microsoft’s latest Insider update includes passwordless sign-in: Microsoft is moving forward with Insider testing, and the latest update includes some interesting additions. In addition to expanding Your Phone to work with more Surface devices, the company is testing a new passwordless sign-in option. It essentially forces all Microsoft accounts on a PC to use Windows Hello, which should make login a little smoother. [Microsoft]
  • A former Tesla employee admits uploading source code to iCloud:  Guangzhi Cao, a former Tesla engineer, left the company to work for Chinese EV startup Xiaopeng Motors. He worked in Tesla’s Autopilot division, and before he left uploaded Autopilot source code to iCloud. Tesla has accused him of stealing the code to take to his new company, although Xiaopeng Motors denies any knowledge of the theft. Cao claims he deleted all the files he uploaded to the cloud. [The Verge]
  • Microsoft is closing Remix3D.com later this year: Microsoft is closing Remix3D.com later this year: Microsoft is retiring Remix3D.com on January 10, 2020. The company introduced the site as part of a 3D push in its Windows 10 Creators Update. Much like TVs, 3D in Windows never took off, and now it seems to be winding down slowly. [Thurott]
  • Pale Moon browser’s older download versions infected with malware: Pale Moon, a fork of FireFox, announced that hacker breached its archive server. The server provided links to older versions of the browser, and the hackers added malware to those downloads. The goal seems to be stealing your cryptocurrency. Chalk it up to another reason not to use a Firefox fork. [ZDNet]
  • Google shut down the Nest Apple Watch app:  Do you use your Apple Watch to control your Nest thermostat? According to Google, probably not. The company says very few people used the app, and so it removed Apple Watch compatibility in the latest update. [9to5Google]
  • White Hat hackers tried to take down ransomware criminals, but it’s a draw: White Hat hackers tried to use a Denial of Service attack to prevent the spread of ransomware, in a novel approach to a growing problem. They noticed parts of how the ransomware spread and attacked were predictable and tried to advantage of that vulnerability. Initially, it worked, but the bad hackers just updated the software. Nice try though. [Ars Technica]
  • Apple disabled Walkie-Talkie from the Apple Watch following exploit:  Following the disclosure of an exploit, Apple disabled the Walkie-Talkie feature on the Apple Watch. Details are scarce, but it seems with the right set of steps a bad actor could use Walkie-Talkie to listen to your conversations without you knowing. Apple promises to fix the problem and reenable the feature down the road. [9to5Mac]

RELATED: What Are Denial of Service and DDoS Attacks?

Forty years ago today, July 11th, NASA’s Skylab space station fell back to Earth.

Skylab was the first space station launched and operated by NASA. It only saw use for about 24 weeks, and the station was made up of a modified Saturn Rocket and leftover Apollo hardware.

The space station saw problems early and was damaged by the launch to get the rocket into space. As a result, astronauts spent a significant amount of time repairing the station when they first arrived.

Astronauts did perform experiments aboard the space station, ranging from life science to solar physics. But the main goal was just to prove that humans could live aboard a space station, even if only temporarily. In that way, Skylab paved the way to future space stations like the International Space Station (ISS).

After NASA decided to stop sending new crews to the station, its orbit slowly decayed before plummeting back to Earth. NASA attempted to control the fall so that the space station would land in the Indian Ocean and avoid harming anyone.

Unfortunately, parts of it did land in Australia, leading the country—and this is true—to fine NASA $400 for littering. [Space.com]

 
How to Change Your Apple ID Email Address

If you get a new email address or no longer have access to an old one, updating your Apple ID is important for protecting your account. Here’s how to update your Apple ID. Read More »

 
LIFESAVVY

How to Write Your First CV

CV is short for curriculum vitae, which means “course of life” in Latin. As the name implies, these documents cover everything you’ve ever done professionally, as opposed to a resume, which just gives the highlights. Read More »

 
REVIEW GEEK

What Makes a Gaming Phone Different from Other Phones?

A few notable “gaming phones” have hit the mobile market over the last year. But any phone can play games, right? So, what’s the deal? Read More »

 
REVIEW GEEK

Review Geek Is Looking for Freelance Writers

Think you have the perfect combination of product knowledge and writing skills? Want to work from home? We’re looking for a few experienced freelance writers to join the team at Review Geek. Read More »

 

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Protest Over Which Video Game, Counterintuitively, Led To More Violent Games?

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