Tor director Shari Steele will step down at the end of the year

Shari Steele is resigning her position as the director of the Tor Project, according to a report by Cyberscoop. Steele will remain director through December 31st, and the search for her replacement is still underway.

Responsible for the development and maintenance of the Tor anonymity network, the Tor Project has long been a central institution in the internet freedom community. For many, Steele’s directorship, which started in December 2015, signaled a sea change within the organization and shifted Tor towards being more inclusive and community focused. The following May, developer Jacob Appelbaum left the Tor Project amid widespread accusations of sexual assault, triggering a broader crisis within the organization. (Appelbaum denies…

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Apple breaks down just what makes Portrait Lighting special on iPhone X

Apple is very proud of its Portrait Lighting feature for the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus, and it’s willing to let users take a peek behind the Cupertino curtain to show exactly why. In a new video shared Wednesday evening, Apple gives an overview of the development process which led to Portrait Lighting — […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

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Aircel network goes down in several places, people face issue with port out SMS amid reports of bankruptcy

Aircel users are facing network issues for the past few days in several areas across the country, including Tamil Nadu. It was down in Chennai since today morning. Users are also facing issues in sending port out SMS. People who tried contacting the customer care were unable to reach them since they were put on hold for long period. The company is replying to users via Twitter saying that network issues are due to some technical issue and will take some time to get rectified without specifying any time frame. It also replies with the same response to users with port out SMS issues. At the time of writing the article website was also down. Earlier this week ET reported that Aircel will file for bankruptcy at the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) soon and its board has been dissolved ahead of the move. Another ET report from today said that it has warned its 5,000 employees to brace for difficult times amid funding issues due to intense competition. In an email to employees, Kaizad Heerjee, chief executive officer of Aircel said that the company expects things to get even more difficult in coming days. Reliance Communications, Aircel merger was called off back in October last year. …
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Apple is trying to lock down battery components before electric carmakers get them

Apple is in talks to buy cobalt directly from miners to help shield it from any shortages sparked by the boom in electric cars, according to a report from Bloomberg. Cobalt is a key mineral used in lithium-ion batteries, and Bloomberg says that Apple is looking to secure contracts for several thousand metric tons of cobalt each year for five years or longer. Its first discussions for deals took place a year ago, but another source told Bloomberg that Apple might not even go ahead with the plans.

If Apple does end up buying cobalt directly, it will be in competition with car manufacturers and battery makers in locking up supplies of the raw material. Car giants like BMW and Volkswagen are also searching for multiyear deals to ensure they…

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