Tor axes its secure messaging app due to lack of resources

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The Tor team unveiled its Messenger app in 2015 to boost the security of existing chat clients, but those plans are coming to an end less than three years later. The developers are ending support for Tor Messenger due primarily to a lack of support….
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Apple Did Pull Calendar App That Mined Cryptocurrency From Mac App Store, Citing Excessive Use of Device Resources

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Yesterday, it was discovered that a Mac App Store app called Calendar 2 had implemented a cryptocurrency mining feature that users could elect to use to unlock in-app features rather than paying cash, raising questions about whether Apple planned to allow such apps in the Mac App Store.

Calendar 2 was mining a digital coin known as Monero, and initially, Apple was slow to respond to questions from Ars Technica about whether or not such a feature was permissible, resulting in the app staying in the Mac App Store for a good 24 hours after Apple knew of its existence. Shortly after widespread media reports about the cryptocurrency mining feature circulated the app disappeared from the Mac App Store, but at the time, it was not clear if it was Apple that removed the app or the app’s developer.


As it turns out, the app was indeed pulled by Apple. According to Greg Magarshak, CEO of Qbix, the company behind the Calendar 2 app, Apple removed the app from the Mac App Store for violating rule 2.4.2, which states that apps should not put an unnecessary strain on device resources.

Design your app to use power efficiently. Apps should not rapidly drain battery, generate excessive heat, or put unnecessary strain on device resources.

The Calendar 2 app was supposed to be using currency mining as an opt-in feature, but it was riddled with bugs causing the mining feature to use excessive resources and run regardless of whether or not users opted in, which is what drew so much attention to it. Just before the app was pulled from the Mac App Store by Apple, Magarshak promised to remove the feature from future versions of Calendar 2 because of these issues.

As of today, the Calendar 2 app is back in the Mac App Store. Magarshak said on Twitter that he worked with Apple to get a new version of the app released that has no mining features. As an apology for the snafu, all Calendar 2 users, new and old, will be provided with upgraded features for free for a year following the app’s next update. Calendar 2 uses should update immediately as the older version of the app continues to include the miner.

Magarshak tells MacRumors that Calendar 2 brought in approximately $2,000 from mining Monero, and the company says the funds will be used “towards improving features for our users going forward.”

Though the cryptocurrency mining feature made it past Apple’s review team and into the Mac App Store, it appears that based on Apple’s response and the rule violation cited, Apple will not be letting Mac App Store apps use background cryptocurrency mining as a way to unlock premium features within apps.

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Apple accounts for new ARKit 1.5 features in updated developer resources

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Apple this week updated its Human Interface Guidelines for iOS with new entries covering augmented reality experiences, making adjustments and additions to best practices used by developers creating apps with ARKit 1.5.
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Montego Resources hopes IoT will help uncover silver bounty in Nevada

Montego Resources hopes IoT will help uncover silver bounty

The mining firm is using drones, sensors and robo-drills to hunt for treasure in the Nevada desert. 

For more than one hundred years, Taylor Mine & Mill in eastern Nevada has produced a bounty of silver and gold, inspiring a silver rush in the 1880s and being tapped again during the 1960s.

Today, this property is being worked by Canada-based late-stage exploration and development company Montego Resources, where executives believe that, through the use of industrial IoT (IIoT) technologies, they can uncover new treasure. The small company took over the Taylor Mine from another mining firm, Silver Predator, earlier this year.

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A world of uncertainty

With mining for precious metals, there’s always a lot of uncertainty. Pits can be dug and shafts can be dropped – but there’s no guarantee of a rich find at the end of these efforts.

In the past, it was back-breaking work to uncover the truth of where the richest deposits lay. At Taylor, for example, this was a matter of using shovels and picks in the 1880s and, in the 1960s, earth-moving equipment and dynamite. Throughout these efforts, it was often a question of simply hoping for the best.

New methods and industrial IoT technologies, however, could deliver rich rewards at a fraction of the effort. Modern mining utilizes digital mapping of the terrain and images and data collected by drones can be used to construct 3D models of geologic architecture.

Meanwhile, electric currents run through the ground by sensors more advanced and sensitive than previous technologies give geologists a clearer idea of what lies under their feet.

With that picture established, it’s time for robo-drills to enter the picture. These are attached to partially automated rigs that collect mineral samples for analysis, detailing where the richest veins of silver and gold might be located.

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High hopes for the future

While Taylor has produced silver and gold in the past, it was unclear how big the remaining deposits were, until surveys were conducted in 2014. Now, Montego has a much clearer idea, and estimates that there is up to 20 million ounces of measured and indicated silver in the ground there – a figure that could rise to 32 million ounces if the company’s plans to identify additional seams at the site pay off.

The mine is located 17 miles south of Ely, Nevada and only 2.5 miles east of US Highway 50. That access to roads and water sources could prove crucial, making it a relatively cheap mine to run, if Montego Resources hits the jackpot.

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Apple highlights Apple Pay charity resources for ‘Giving Tuesday’

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In preparation of Giving Tuesday, a global philanthropic movement now in its sixth year, Apple on Monday sent out emails informing customers that they can donate to their favorite charitable causes using Apple Pay.
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Elon Musk plans to put all of SpaceX’s resources into its Mars rocket

Today, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said he hopes to finance his plans to colonize Mars by making SpaceX’s entire fleet of vehicles — the Falcon 9, the Falcon Heavy, and the Dragon spacecraft — obsolete.

Speaking at the International Astronautical Congress, Musk said that SpaceX will eventually start stockpiling these vehicles and then focus all of its resources into developing the company’s next monster vehicle: the Interplanetary Transport System, codenamed the BFR (for Big Fucking Rocket).

“All our resources will turn toward building BFR,” Musk said. “And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching…

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Apple updates ARKit resources for developers building augmented reality apps

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Apple on Tuesday refreshed its developer portal with new information about ARKit, including sample code and AR-specific entries in its Human Interface Guidelines for iOS.
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Twitter CMO Leslie Berland is also taking over human resources as the new ‘Head of People’

Plus, Twitter hired another HR exec from American Express, where Berland used to work.

Twitter has found someone to take over its top human resources role that’s been empty for almost six months: Leslie Berland, who is already in the building as Twitter’s CMO and head of communications.

Berland’s expanded role was announced internally Thursday by CEO Jack Dorsey, according to a source. A company spokesperson confirmed that Berland is now overseeing the human resources team as “Head of People” and will continue to run marketing and communications.

Twitter has also hired Jennifer Christie, most recently a senior vice president of human resources at American Express, where Berland used to work. Christie is Twitter’s new VP of human resources; she will report to Berland and handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the team.

Twitter’s old VP of human resources, Brian “Skip” Schipper, announced he was leaving way back in January 2016, the same day Twitter lost a number of other key VPs.

Dorsey said during the company’s recent earnings call last month that he spends the “majority of my time on recruiting,” and Twitter has now filled two key vacancies that it had at the start of 2017: Berland/Christie on the human resources front and a new CFO from Goldman Sachs, Ned Segal, who is supposed to start at the company this month.

A Twitter spokesperson sent over the following statement explaining Berland’s promotion, and how it’s meant to combine Twitter’s internal culture with its publicly visible brand.

“As a company, we focus on customer engagement and experience end-to-end in a way that’s uniquely Twitter. To bring the best of Twitter forward, both inside and out, we want to apply that same way of thinking to our people. As CMO, Leslie puts the customer at the center, and she has always approached her work by listening and learning from our people first, and radiating outward. Her leadership will strengthen the synergies that exist between our People, Marketing, and Communications teams and better align our culture with our brand.”

Correction: The HR Role has not been vacant as long as we initially said. Renee Atwood, formerly of Uber, was at Twitter for six months running HR earlier this year before a quick departure. We forgot!


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Planetary Resources is pulling the plug on its Earth observatory satellite network

Space startup Planetary Resources is killing its nascent Earth observation system, Ceres, opting to focus on its core mission of asteroid mining.

Planetary Resources announced its the project in May 2016, saying that it would spend $ 21.1 million to equip 10 Arkyd satellites with sensors to observe the Earth’s surface. The company hoped to use the network to monitor water quality, locate new mineral sources, or find other uses that weren’t easily served by existing satellite services. However, the company never laid out a timeline for when the system would become operational.

The company made little mention of the project since its announcement, according to SpaceNews,…

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