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Day: September 7, 2021 (Page 1 of 2)

iPhone 13 to launch at virtual event on Sept. 14

Apple’s next event, during which it will unveil its next slate of devices, including the iPhone 13, is happening September 14 at 10 AM Pacific (1 PM Eastern).

The event, like all previous ones over the last year and a half, will be held virtually amid continued concerns about the pandemic.

ProtonMail removed “we do not keep any IP logs” from its privacy policy

ProtonMail has come under heavy fire lately.

Jim Salter, ARS Technica »

This weekend, news broke that security/privacy-focused anonymous email service ProtonMail turned over a French climate activist’s IP address and browser fingerprint to Swiss authorities. This move seemingly ran counter to the well-known service’s policies, which as recently as last week stated that “by default, we do not keep any IP logs which can be linked to your anonymous email account.”

After providing the activist’s metadata to Swiss authorities, ProtonMail removed the section that had promised no IP logs, replacing it with one saying, “ProtonMail is email that respects privacy and puts people (not advertisers) first.”

Chinese social media site Weibo suspends 22 K-pop accounts

Chinese government continues to crack down on having too much fun.

BBC »

Twenty-two fan accounts have been suspended by Chinese social media site Sina Weibo for what it called “irrational star-chasing behaviour”.

They include fans of Korean pop band BTS who crowdfunded on the platform to customise an aeroplane for singer Park Ji-Min’s 26th birthday.

Missle Base For Sale, located in North Dakota » Originally listed for US$1.5 Million » Reduced to US$500,000

The ad states »

Now you can own one of the rarest nuclear hardened underground structures in the world!

This was a part of the Stanley R. Mickelesen Safeguard Complex located in NE North Dakota. This property, for sale by owner, was one of 4 Sprint Missile Sites located approximately 10-20 miles from a central radar control site. Constructed in the early 1970’s, these bases were a last line of defense meant to intercept ICBMs coming over the North Pole. There was only 1 Safeguard Complex ever completed making this unique property an incredibly rare opportunity.

I couldn’t imagine some domestic far-right extremist group like the Proud Boys or the Hells Angels wouldn’t be interested.

 

Only 6.5% of US consumers with Apple Pay activated on their iPhones use it to buy items in stores, seven years after Apple launched the service

That means 93.9% don’t use Apple Pay.

Karen Webster, PYMNTS.com »

After seven years, Apple Pay’s adoption and usage isn’t much larger than it was 2015 (5.1%), a year after its launch, and is the same as it was in 2019, the last full year before the pandemic.

Even now, in the age of digital-first consumers living in a connected, digital economy, Apple Pay’s stiffest competition in the store, ironically, remains that piece of plastic – the raison d’etre for its development and the intended target of its super-hyped potential in 2014.

In fact, the growth in total Apple Pay transactions since 2015 has come almost entirely from more stores having contactless terminals to accept it, more people having new iPhones that can use it, and the overall growth in retail transactions.

And almost none of that growth comes from more iPhone users wanting to use it instead of plastic cards.

US drone and airstrikes killed at least 22,679 civilians in the 20 years since 9/11

What a horrible legacy.

The Americans commonly dismissed these civilians casualties of war as “collateral damage“. I haven’t heard that expression used much lately.

Peter Beaumont, writing in The Guardian »

Encompassing attacks on Islamic State in Syria, the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as strikes against militant and terror groups in Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and Libya, the US has said it had conducted at least 91,340 strikes in 20 years – including 9,000 against the Islamic State, the Airwars report said.

Based on that total, Airwars has calculated that “US actions likely killed at least 22,679 civilians, with that number potentially as high as 48,308”.

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