Facebook Details Several Privacy Changes Coming in the Wake of Cambridge Analytica Scandal

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Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Shroepfer today wrote a blog post outlining several changes that are being made to Facebook APIs to limit the amount of data apps can collect from Facebook users.

Changes are being made to the Events, Groups, and Pages API to cut down on what apps can see. With the Events API, for example, apps will no longer be able to access attendees or posts on the event wall, and the Groups API will no longer provide member lists or names associated with posts or comments.


Facebook will also now need to approve third-party access to both Groups and Pages APIs, and, as mentioned previously, all apps that access information like check-ins, photos, posts, and videos. Apps will no longer be able to see religious or political views, relationship status, education, work history, and tons more, all of which was previously readily available.

It is also no longer possible to search for a person’s phone number or email address to locate them on Facebook. Facebook says “malicious actors” have used this feature to “scrape public profile information” using data pulled from search and account recovery options.

For Android users, Facebook had been collecting call and message logs to enable Messenger features. Facebook says it will delete all logs older than a year and will upload less data to its servers going forward.

Starting next Monday, Facebook will also introduce a link at the top of the News Feed to let all users see what apps are installed and what information has been shared with those apps to make it easy for less technically savvy users to remove apps.

The Facebook privacy changes come in the wake of the ongoing Cambridge Analytica scandal, where Cambridge Analytica used personal data acquired from Facebook in an illicit manner by a third-party app to create targeted political advertisements during the 2016 election.


Originally, Facebook said Cambridge Analytica was able to collect data on 50 million Facebook users, but today, Facebook clarified that it actually had access to the Facebook data from up to 87 million people, with 70 million of those in the United States.

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Snapchat Group Video Chat Feature Announced, Here Are The Details

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Snapchat has just announced new Group Video Chat and Stories mentions features for iOS and Android. Here’s what you need to know.

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Sixth-Generation iPad Teardown Details ‘Repair Nightmare’ for Education-Focused Tablet

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iFixit today published its teardown of Apple’s sixth-generation, education-focused iPad and found that — unsurprisingly — the tablet shares many of the internals of the fifth-gen iPad. The teardown crew also looked at the new iPad’s potential for durability and repairability in an education environment by comparing it to competitors in the field.

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The new iPad’s lack of waterproofing, non-replaceable charging port, zero upgradeability, and use of glue throughout the internals added up to a “repair nightmare.” iFixit then pointed towards the HP Elite x2 1012 G1 tablet, which got a perfect repairability score of 10 out of 10, summarizing that “Apple’s ‘education’ iPad is still a case of won’t — not can’t.”

Looking into the iPad’s internals, the two major updates in the new tablet are an upgraded A10 processor and Broadcom chips for Apple Pencil support. iFixit got a peek inside the iPad using Creative Electron’s X-ray imaging software, discovering “only minor differences” when compared to a similar X-ray of the previous iPad.


One of the iPad’s advantages in terms of repairability comes in the form of its digitizer panel easily separating from the display. iFixit pointed out that in the event that either component should break, repair will be easier for schools and educators.

In the education space, Apple has some stiff competition in the form of low-cost, Google-powered laptops. How does this iPad, er, stack up against a Chromebook from HP or Asus? Given that schoolkids can be a bit rough on their electronics, here’s an iFixit take on it:

iPad’s glued-glass display is more vulnerable to drops. Thankfully, this is the one iPad that retains an air-gapped digitizer panel—not as visually impressive as other recent iPads, but it’s much cheaper to replace cracked glass that isn’t LOCA-bonded to the display panel underneath. Separate accessories like the keyboard and Pencil add to the cost and are easier to lose—but are also easier to replace if damaged. (Note the missing key on our HP’s keyboard.)

Eventually, iFixit got down to the logic board and discovered the iPad’s A10 Fusion processor and two Broadcom touch screen controller chips, previously found in the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models. iFixit theorized that the new iPad’s Apple Pencil support “comes in part thanks to this “Pro”-grade chip.”


The sixth-gen iPad has the same battery as the previous model, with 32.9 Wh capacity. iFixit noted that while this allows Apple to reuse existing manufacturing lines to reduce waste, the battery is still locked behind a “repair-impeding adhesive” that greatly reduced the iPad’s repairability score. Apple has provided easy battery removal before, in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but iFixit hasn’t seen anything like it since.

Ultimately, iFixit gave the 2018 iPad a repairability score of 2 out of 10, favoring the fairly easy repair options of its air-gapped, non-fused display and digitizer glass, but taking marks off for its heavy use of adhesive and sticky tape. To read the full teardown, visit iFixit.com.

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Electra Jailbreak 1.1 Update Announced, Here Are The Details

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Electra jailbreak 1.1 update for iOS 11 jailbreak has been announced. Here are the details on this release.

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Federal investigators ‘unhappy’ Tesla revealed crash details

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The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it is "unhappy" that Tesla released information about the fiery March 23rd crash that killed a driver. In a blog post last Friday, Elon Musk said that the Autopilot was active when the Model str…
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Xiaomi Mi 6X new leak confirms Snapdragon 626 chipset, camera details

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The successor of the Xiaomi Mi 5X already popped up on TENAA with plenty of specs. While some of them are expected, like a tall screen and dual-cam setup on the back, today a new leak on the Mi 6X suggested the chipset would be the not-so-popular Snapdragon 626. The Xiaomi Mi 6X will have a 5.99″ IPS LCD panel with Full HD+ resolution. The SoC, also seen in recently announced vivo V9 or the modular Moto Z2 Play, is a minor upgrade over the Snapdragon 625. Its eight CPU cores are still Cortex-A53, but this time they can reach clocking speed of 2.2 GHz, while the GPU remains Adreno…

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Apple details eGPU support in macOS 10.13.4, recommends AMD Radeon graphic cards; no NVIDIA support

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Apple this week rolled out the macOS 10.13.4 that introduced official support for eGPUs (external graphics processors) on Thunderbolt 3 Macs. In the release notes, Apple has published a detailed support document that outlines how eGPU support works and provides graphics card and chassis recommendations that can be used with your Mac.  The company has listed several AMD video cards recommendations including Radeon RX 570 and RX 580, the Radeon Pro WX 7100 and 9100, and finally the Radeon RX Vega 56, 64, and Vega Frontier Edition Air. Apple has said that the support is not limited to any specific card vendor, as long as the card complies with the reference specification. However, the list does not include any cards from NVIDIA which does have the “web driver” for its PCI-E that it updates after every macOS revision. Also, the cards that were supported during the initial testing of eGPU support are no longer supported, such as the AMD RX 560. Mac users will have to use the Thunderbolt 3 since the support for earlier versions is discontinued in the beta period. Apple also lets users connect more than one eGPU, but should use direct connections instead of daisy-chaining. The company also mentioned that all have 87W of charging power available …
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Moto G6 and G6 Play pegged for mid-May US availability, FCC details reveal specs for Z3 Play

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If you’re champing at the bit to know when the Moto G6 and G6 Play will be available, it’s looking like mid-May is a good bet — at least in the US. Someone at American retailer Fry’s Electronics appeared to pull the trigger a little early by posting the G6 and G6 Play (no G6 Plus) on its website for pre-orders. Those pages have since been pulled down, but we saved them for posterity.

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Apple details tools to help developers comply with new EU data regulations

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Apple on Friday unveiled a set of developer tools designed to keep app makers in line with the European Union’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation, a set of rules that grants users more control over their digital histories.
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Apple details eGPU support in macOS 10.13.4 High Sierra, notes no Nvidia support

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The release of macOS 10.13.4 brings with it official external GPU support by Apple, but the company is recommending specific enclosures/chassis and cards, excluding ones some people might hope to use.
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