Mark Zuckerberg is “actually not sure we shouldn’t be regulated”

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Mark Zuckerberg went on a media tour today to explain Facebook’s role in the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and what the company is going to do about it. He said more or less the same things to everyone from Recode to the New York Times to CNN, but one answer stuck out: in response to CNN’s Laurie Segall asking if he was worried about Facebook facing regulations from governments around the world, he replied. “I actually am not sure we shouldn’t be regulated. I think in general technology is an increasingly important trend in the world. I think the question is more what is the right regulation rather than ‘yes or no should we be regulated?’”

Following up, he said,

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Apple confirms it runs iCloud on Google’s cloud, and you shouldn’t be surprised


Ever wondered where Apple stores all your iCloud backups? Between photos, files, contacts, and other data for millions of customers, that’s a whole lot of storage space that the company would have to make room for and manage. Now, it’s confirmed that iCloud actually lives on Google Cloud servers. CNBC noted that the revelation came in the form of an update to Apple’s publicly released iOS Security Guide document (PDF). In previous editions, it stated that iCloud content was stored on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure cloud, but the latest version point mentions Amazon S3 and Google Cloud. It…

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ASUS just released a Chromebook Flip C302 with a Core m7 and 16GB of RAM, but you shouldn’t buy it

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ASUS has made some of the best all-around Chromebooks over the years. Just over a year ago, the company released the Chromebook Flip C302CA, a $ 499 model competing with the Samsung Chromebook Plus/Pro. It’s still one of the best Chrome OS devices on the market, with its full-HD 13-inch display, 2-in-1 design, backlit keyboard, and dual Type-C ports. I’ve used one as my main laptop for about eight months now, and it served me well.

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How to Get iMessage on PC (& The Dangerous Methods You Shouldn’t Try)

Getting iMessage on a PC is a tall order. Apple is famous for its closed-system standard, and apps like Messages are no exception. If you have a PC running Windows and you want to use iMessage on your PC, I’ve got both good and bad news. First, it is possible to get iMessage on PC. But the best option for getting iMessage on PC requires a remote desktop, which means you need a Mac for it to work. We will go over how to do this, and it will allow you to have iMessage on your PC running Windows. However, I would imagine most people looking to do this don’t have a Mac, which is where the not-so-great news comes in. Overall, Apple is not making it easy for users to have iMessage on a PC. I’ll go over other options I’ve seen bloggers promote, but I don’t recommend doing them. If you don’t have a Mac and you want to use iMessage on PC, I highly recommend using a different messaging service. Whatsapp,  for example, allows you to use its messaging platform across all devices. But if you’re insistent upon using iMessage on your PC running Windows, let’s go over your options and the only method I do recommend. Here’s how to get iMessage on a PC, and the methods I don’t reccomend that are potentially harmful to your devices. 

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I look at my job (which is mostly writing how-tos) as a responsibility to you, the reader. Which means I’m never going to tell you how to Jailbreak your iPhone; we don’t recommend it and so we aren’t going to show you how to do it. And that’s nearly how I feel about getting iMessage on a PC. It’d be great if Apple allowed us to use iMessage via iCloud online. But Apple hasn’t made using iMessage on a PC easy, and the vast majority of work-arounds you’ll find online are questionable at best. So, first, let me tell you the various ways in which other online articles will tell you how to get iMessage on a PC and why you shouldn’t do those. Then I’ll show you how to get iMessage on a PC with the only safe, user-friendly way I’ve discovered (which requires you already have a Mac). It’s not ideal, and I’m sorry for that. If I discover other ways to do this that don’t put any of your devices at risk, I’ll update the article to include those methods.

How to Get iMessage on PC: What Not to Do

Jailbreaking iPhone

Jailbreaking your iPhone opens up a world of customization, but it also breaks your warranty and sends you into new, unknown territory. A Jailbroken iPhone is more susceptible to malware, shorter battery life, and a slew of other potential issues. This is why we don’t recommend this practice.

Using iPadian iOS ‘Emulator’

I hoped this would be a great option; but after researching iPadian iOS ‘Emulator’ (which is a program various other articles recommend using to get iMessage on PC), I discovered a lot of negative feedback. From generally glitchy results to malware downloads, iPadian is not a software I’m willing to download and even test for this article. Which means I don’t recommend you download it either. I’ve used some questionable (but ultimately safe) software in the past to show you all how to do things on your iPhone that would otherwise not be possible, but I will never recommend you use a software that I won’t even use!

That brings us to the final method: using a remote desktop. This method does work and is safe to use, but it requires that you already have a Mac. That’s because you’re essentially accessing that Mac from your PC using the remote desktop. I’m assuming that this won’t solve the issue for most of the people landing on this article. That sucks and I’m sorry there isn’t a better solution right now. In the meantime, I reiterate that using an alternative messaging platform such as Whatsapp is likely the best solution to this issue.

How to Get iMessage on PC: The Only Method I Recommend

The one major downside to this method for getting iMessage on a PC is the fact that you need a Mac computer in order for this to work. So if you have an old Mac you don’t use as much, it’s perfect for this situation.

  • Turn on both your Mac with iMessage already enabled and your PC that’s running Windows.
  • If you don’t already have it, download the Chrome browser on both computers. Then, download the extension Chrome Remote Desktop on both computers; follow the link to make it easy.
  • On your Mac, click Launch App.

  • Two options will pop up. Under My Computers, tap Get Started.

  • Click Enable remote connections.
  • Now you’ll be prompted to download the Host Installer. Click Accept and Install.

  • Once it’s downloaded to your Mac, click on the file to open it. Then double click on the Chrome Remote Desktop Host.pkg to launch the downloaded file.

  • Now you’ll be taken through the Chrome Remote Desktop Host Installer.

  • Once successfully installed, you’ll see the following message (below). Click close.

  • Now return to the main Chrome Remote Desktop screen. Again, click Enable remote connections.
  • Now you need to set a six-digit PIN code so you can control which computers have access to your Macbook. Once you’ve set up your PIN code, you’re ready to access your Mac from your PC!

  • On your PC, return to the Chrome browser where you first downloaded the extension and click Launch App.
  • Click Get Started under My Computers. Then Click on your Mac computer.

  • Enter the PIN code you created to connect.

  • Once you successfully connect the two desktops, you can officially use iMessage on your PC!

What To Do If You Can’t Get iMessage on PC

I get it—you want to check your messages from your computer. That makes total sense. And if I could get Apple to allow you to do that with a wave of my magic wand, I would. But if you really want to be able to send and receive messages on both your iPhone or iPad and your PC computer, use an alternative messaging app. Whatsapp is a great option; it’s very popular and well maintained. It’s accessible across just about any device, it allows you to send all kinds of media and documents, and much more—all of which will save you the hassle of trying to get around Apple’s closed system.

 

Have you found another solution I didn’t? Kindly let me know in the comments below!
 

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Industrial Design Experts Say HomePod’s White Ring Issue ‘Shouldn’t Be Too Hard to Fix’ for Apple

Last week, Apple confirmed that the HomePod can potentially leave white rings on the surface of wooden furniture with oil or wax finishes. In an effort to help users prevent seeing these rings appear on their own furniture, Apple shared a support document on “Where to place HomePod,” detailing how the interaction between the HomePod’s vibration-dampening silicone base and a wooden surface has the chance to result in a white ring.

Business Insider recently spoke with a few industrial design experts who believe that the problem “shouldn’t be too hard to fix” for Apple.” Gregor Berkowitz, a product development consultant for numerous consumer electronics brands, expects Apple to “re-tool” its HomePod manufacturing process to address the issue with the silicone base, which could take between two to six weeks. Although the fix could take several weeks, the experts said it’s “likely not very costly” for Apple.

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Senior industrial designer at Y Studios, Cesar Viramontes, referred to the white rings issue as something customers will “probably forget about” in the next few months.

Apple may need to “re-tool” the manufacturing process since silicone is manufactured using a different process than the other kinds of elastomer,” said Berkowitz. If that’s necessary, the process could take anywhere from two weeks to six weeks, he noted.

“It’s an issue, but I think it’s probably going to be one that’ll be corrected in the next round of manufacturing,” said Y Studios’ Viramontes. “I think it will be a minor issue, and people will probably forget about it in the next couple of months when it goes away.”

While the experts see a quick fix for the issue coming from Apple, all were surprised it happened in the first place. Product design expert Ignazio Moresco explained that more is expected from Apple’s well-known attention to detail, and the company “should have caught the issue if they followed a rigorous QA process.” The white marks aren’t an Apple-specific problem, but have appeared with other speakers — like Sonos One — that have similar silicone bases.

Berkowitz believes the white rings could be a result of Apple’s “inexperience” with making stationary speakers, in contrast to the company’s familiarity with making mobile products like the iPhone and MacBook.

“This is sitting on a bookshelf. Is it going to work? Or are there going to be problems? A traditional consumer product company or a speaker company or a traditional Hi-Fi company is going to worry about that and think about those problems and have experience with it,” Berkowitz said. “This shouldn’t be new for Apple but it is.”

“They didn’t test the product enough and in the right variety of circumstances, especially considering that a wood surface is a very likely support for the product,” said Ignazio Moresco, a product design expert who has worked at frog design, Microsoft and Ericsson.

For those who have discovered rings on their furniture, Apple said that these marks “will often go away after several days” once HomePod is removed from the wooden surface. Users can hasten this process by wiping the surface gently with a damp or dry cloth. Still, the company explained that if anyone is concerned about these marks, it recommends “placing your HomePod on a different surface.”

Accessory makers are already creating products to act as a fix for the situation, including new leather coasters for HomePod from Pad & Quill. The $19.95 coasters are advertised as letting users place their HomePod on the wooden surfaces that have the potential to be marked by HomePod, without having to worry about the appearance of such marks.

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Heads of CIA, FBI, NSA say that you shouldn’t use Huawei phones

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Huawei’s 2018 hasn’t gotten off to a great start, with both AT&T and Verizon reportedly dropping plans to offer Huawei’s flagship Mate 10 Pro, and now Huawei’s bad year is continuing.

Six US intelligence chiefs have said that Americans should use Huawei products. This group included the heads of the CIA, FBI, and NSA, as well as the director of national intelligence.

Here’s what FBI Director Chris Wray said to the Senate Intelligence Committee:

“We’re deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don’t share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks.

“That provides the capacity to exert pressure or control over our telecommunications infrastructure. It provides the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information. And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage.”

In response, Huawei explained that its products are used by governments and consumers in 170 countries around the world and that it “poses no greater cybersecurity risk than any ICT vendor.”

Near the end of 2017, rumors said that Huawei’s new Mate 10 Pro flagship would be sold on AT&T and Verizon in the US. That would’ve given Huawei’s presence in the US a huge boost, as most US consumers buy their phones from their carriers but Huawei has largely only been selling its devices unlocked. However, it’s said that AT&T and Verizon backed out of those deals at the last minute due to pressure from the US government.

The unlocked Huawei Mate 10 Pro is now available for pre-order in the US ahead of its February 18 launch.

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You shouldn’t have to buy coasters for your $350 smart speaker, but here we are


Earlier this week, Apple was called out in the press over the white stains its HomePod smart speakers were leaving on wooden surfaces in owners’ homes. Unsurprisingly, accessory makers rushed to make a quick buck by launching coasters to prevent this from happening: AppleInsider spotted Pad & Quill’s $ 20 offering, made with American full-grain leather and sized so your HomePod can perch on it without leaving white rings around the house. ” You’ll love it, but don’t put a ring on it,” reads the copy on the product page. What’s troubling, though, is how we got here in the first…

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You Can Remove HomePod’s Power Cable But Here’s Why You Shouldn’t

Despite reports to the contrary, the HomePod power cable is, in fact, removable. But just because you can doesn’t mean that you should.

Since HomePod’s announcement and release, there have been conflicting answers to the question of whether the device’s cable would be removable by users. Until a couple days ago, most people agreed that it wasn’t.

Then, over the weekend, a brave HomePod owner demonstrated that the power cable could technically be disconnected from the smart speaker. The user posted a photo and caption on Reddit, but some Redditors assumed the user was trolling (similar to the ill-advised iPhone 7 headphone jack “hack.”)

Well, it turns out that the user wasn’t kidding or trolling. He noted in a comment that “it was hard to unplug but it is definitely designed to be unplugged and replugged. It clicks back in with a very satisfying click.”

A video by 9to5Mac corroborated the fact that the HomePod power cable is detachable — but the publication also added that the action requires an inordinate amount of force to pull the cable out.

The cable can also be plugged back in with an equal amount of force, resulting in a fairly loud click. The power cable itself features two connectors, while the HomePod’s power port houses two prongs that insert into those connectors. Essentially, it’s not a hardwired power cable.

Why You Shouldn’t Remove the Power Cable

At this point, it’s strongly recommended that you don’t try this at home with your own $ 349 speaker. An Apple HomePod Service Readiness Guide advises that the cable should not be removed, and in the case that it is, should not be reattached.

“In the rare instance that the cable is detached or damaged, do not attempt to remove it or plug it back into HomePod. If the cable is removed or impaired, damage could have occurred to the cable or the internal components of HomePod,” the guide states.

In other words, attempting to remove the cable by force could result in damage to your HomePod or its components.

On another note, if your cable has been damaged, it’s not exactly as if you can replace it yourself. Apple has announced that cable repairs will cost a flat repair fee of $ 29. The company doesn’t sell replacement cables at its stores, and it’s likely that Genius Bars aren’t currently stocking cables, either —since repairs require that a HomePod is sent to a service center.

Luckily for HomePod owners, the $ 29 flat rate fee applies to any customer at any time, regardless of whether the damage was accidental. The HomePod itself does not need to be under AppleCare+ of the standard one-year warranty for that fee to apply.

As for why the power cable is technically removable, it likely has to do with ease of production. Rather than manufacturing different HomePod models for various regions of the world (which have different plugs), a detachable cable would allow Apple to make one HomePod and simply attach the appropriate international cable type during production.

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