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News Roundup for 9/23/16

500 million Yahoo Accounts Breached

USA Today reports that the accounts were stolen in 2014, and security researchers have been hearing rumblings of a hacker trying to see them since about August.

In an article from Business Wire, Yahoo believes it was a state actor that did it.

Of course, the scary thing here is that many users use the same passwords for everything, and although the passwords stolen were hashed, we all know that won’t last forever. Of course, Security Questions and Dates of Birth were also stolen, combine that with the other information, and you can see why this is so big of a worry.

Google Allo

I’m a bit confused on why Google spent time on Allo, sure, a the smart assistant seems pretty sweet, but why not put that into “OK Google” instead of a proprietary messaging app. Is there really a need for another messaging app? The reviews aren’t terribly good,

Snowden says that it’s a honeypot for US surveillance Efforts

The Verge Review says it’s “fine”.

Gigabit Speed for Rural users using Power infrastructure?

AirGig – Uses Power lines for 1G data. Not how you think though. They put a wireless device on top of the powerline.

ArsTechnica says that it’s very experimental. AT&T says it’s not even on their technology roadmap yet. The antennas are inexpensive though, and it would be a huge boost for rural areas who are historically underserved.

Google Fiber in 34 more cities, just not mine.

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Bah! I’m not on the list! Heck, I’m not even near anything on the list! When I saw that Google announced 34 cities, I was expecting big cities, but it’s just smaller cities surrounding the areas where it’s going to be available, or where it’s already available. Of course, that makes perfect sense. After all, it’s easier to run some fiber right down the road rather than into another state. One day I hope to see my city listed there.

Of course I’m really curious to see what happens with the other internet providers in those areas, I don’t want to trade one Monopoly in for another, but I do want my bandwidth.

The image below links to a full sized shot of the list, or you can see the list for yourself at Google Fiber’s Expansion Plans.

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Google is making a Modular Smart Phone?

 

imageI have to admit that there isn’t a whole lot in the mobile market that makes me excited, but this does. Google and a company called ATAP are creating a modular smart phone under the title “Project Ara”. This is just a terrific idea that I really hope takes off.

In a post titled “Google to Launch Mobile Smartphones in 2015” Paul Thurrott reports that the idea is to “ship a $50 so-called “gray phone” that includes a screen, battery, microprocessor and Wi-Fi module”. Then the user can buy components to buy modules to add features and capabilities to your phone.

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The standards for the phone are open, so anyone can develop modules, and they are only limited to what they can fit into the block.

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So long as you don’t smash it, or wash it, this could be the last phone you buy. The CPU can be upgraded, the screen can easily be replaced, it’s just such a great idea.

Right now the they are planning on releasing three sizes of the form factor, Endo, and the designs look really cool. Of course, I hope the design is something you can swap out too, if it’s the last phone I buy I don’t want to be stuck with something that’s cool now, but may not age well. Anyone remember parachute pants?