iHeartRadio takes a trip south



When it comes to streaming music services, there’s no shortage of ones to choose from. Only a few have become big names – Pandora, Spotify and those run by major companies like Apple, Google and Amazon. Another popular one is iHeartRadio.

Now iHeartRadio is taking a trip south of the border, as the company announces its foray into Mexico. This is a team effort as the company is working with Grupo ACIR,.

“iHeartRadio México is available now in beta and will officially launch November 3 at the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina so get excited! To listen now, music lovers across México can download the iHeartRadio app via Apple App Store or Google Play Store and listen online at iHeartRadio.mx“, the steaming service claims.

To celebrate the launch of iHeartRadio Mexico, Grupo ACIR will award a lucky music fan a once-in-a-lifetime VIP experience at the fifth annual iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina in Miami on November 3, Good luck in the contest.


Did you Realize Public Wifi Hotspots are Tracking our Location? #1324



Public WiFi Hotspots are tracking your every move. Once you sign in to one anytime you pass by almost any Hotspot in the country with your Wifi Turned on they mark your location and share that with the companies that look for customer information. So not only are we being tracked by our phones no Wifi Hotspots are spying on us. Add to this a deal that Google just made with iRobot and now the insides of our homes are being mapped there is no escaping the data collection on us.

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Is Bitcoin Causing Global Climate Change? #1323



Is Bitcoin causing global climate change? Well, a bunch of scientists thinks Bitcoin mining will cause a 2 Celsius increase in global temperatures over the next 20+ years. Lets be frank do we think Bitcoin will still be around in 20 years or will it become more popular driving global demand for Bitcoin which will use all the electricity we can create. Personally they sound like a bunch of alarmist as it will be hard to tell how much renewable energy we will be using in 20 years.

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Gab has been Banned from PayPal, GoDaddy and Medium



Gab is a social media website created by CEO Andrew Torba. If you use Twitter, you may have heard of Gab. It is the website disgruntled Twitter users tweet about whenever Twitter suspends accounts that break the Twitter rules. The New York Times describes Gab as “an extremist-friendly site”.

USA Today reported that Robert Bowers had been identified as the suspect in the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Eleven people died and several others were wounded.

The Verge reported that Robert Bower was not only on Gab, but also had posted a history of anti-Semitic speech on it. In the same article, The Verge posted a statement from a spokesman from PayPay, who confirmed that PayPal had banned Gab, and citing hate speech as the reason for the ban. The statement said:

“The company is diligent in performing reviews and taking account actions. When a site is explicitly allowing the perpetuation of hate, violence or discriminatory intolerance, we take immediate and decisive action.”

In another article, The Verge posted a statement from GoDaddy:

“We have informed Gab.com that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service. In response to complaints received over the weekend, GoDaddy investigated and discovered numerous instances of content on the site that both promotes and encourages violence against people”.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Medium has suspended Gab’s account on its platform. Yesterday, Gab had posted a “Statement On The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting”. Today, that same link goes to a Medium page that says “This page is unavailable”.

Freedom of speech means that the government cannot throw you in jail because it didn’t like something you said. Private companies are allowed to stop providing service to users who break the company’s rules. It is also worth noting that freedom of speech does not come with protections against facing the consequences of what you choose to say – or, in Gab’s case – host.


OnePlus 6T “Unlocks The Speed”



Never Settle LogoOnePlus has officially unveiled its latest flagship, the OnePlus 6T at a live event in New York. Announced a day ahead of schedule to avoid a conflict with Apple’s autumn event, the 6T’s features were in line with expectations based on leaks, both official and unofficial….but let’s follow along with the keynote.

Starting bang on time, OnePlus founder and CEO, Pete Lau, took to the stage for the first time at a OnePlus launch. He welcomed everyone to the event, thanked the community and reminded everyone of OnePlus’ history starting with the OnePlus One. He then announced that OnePlus is officially partnering with T-Mobile in the US and the 6T phones will be available through their 5,600 stores.

OnePlus 6T FrontPete then handed over to Kyle Kiang, OnePlus Head of North America Region for the big reveal. Before that, he thanked the OnePlus community that now has over 5 million registered users. Finally, the 6T specs….

– Screen unlock with in-display fingerprint sensor
– Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU up to 2.8GHz with an Adreno 630 GPU
– 3,700 mAh battery with Fast Charge 5V @4A (note not “Dash” because of trademark issues)
– 20M+16M pixel cameras with both OIS and EIS
– 6.41″ AMOLED screen with 19.5:9 ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 6
– 6 GB / 8 GB memory and 128 GB / 256 GB storage
– OxygenOS based on Android 9

The new screen unlock brings the fingerprint sensor in under the front display towards the bottom, which is great, because having the fingerprint sensor on the back of phone was a really stupid idea. Apparently the sensor was first tried out on the 5T but performance wasn’t good enough. On the 6T, the sensor will unlock in 0.34s – apparently it’s the fastest in-display sensor in the world – and it will learn your fingerprint better over time. For comparison, the OnePlus 5 fingerprint unlock takes 0.2s so there’s some penalty putting in under the glass.

The new 6.41″ AMOLED screen is 1080 x 2340 pixels, giving 402 pixels per inch. OnePlus give a slightly odd aspect ration of 19.5:9 which I feel ought to be 39:18 but there you go. At max brightness, it’s over 600 nits, and covers over 100% of the sRGB gamut. There’s a very neat notch at the top and the screen’s been extended at the bottom too.

The 6T will come in two finishes at launch, a ceramic Mirror Black and a metallic Midnight Black. The phone is 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm and weights 185 g. That’s nice. Memory options are 6 GB / 8 GB RAM and 128 GB / 256 GB storage. 64 GB is history….

OnePlus 6T Rear ViewFor photography, there are two cameras with 16 megapixel & 20 megapixel sensors, plus both OIS and EIS. You can do slow-mo at 480fps! The 6T addresses one of the main criticisms of the 6 – the low light photography wasn’t great – and comes with Nightscape, which is a proprietary HDR and post-processing algorithm to improve pictures at night. The demoed photos are very impressive. As there’s no change in the camera hardware between the 6 and the 6T, Nightscape mode is going to be available on the 6 as well.

Kevin Abosch, OnePlus Innovation Director and photographer took to the stage to talk about Studio Lighting, which improves portraiture photography by accentuating facial features in shadow. Looks impressive.

Kyle was then joined by Cristiano Amon, Qualcomm‘s President to talk about the relationship with OnePlus, flagship phones and the 5G future. Apparently the 5G future is already here, with first tweet sent by 5G last week…

Back with Kyle, the OnePlus 6T has been optimised for gamers with Smart Boost. This combination of hardware and software uses the 6T’s RAM as storage which allows gaming applications to load faster. It’s not insignificant at 20% faster load times.

The battery has been upped to 3,700 mAh battery from 3,300 mAh in the OnePlus 6. Along with software improvements, this translates to 23% improved battery life.

It’s not all hardware. Software in the shape of OxgenOS has been tweaked too with improvements across the board in stability, features and experience – it’s a mantra of “fast and smooth” with over 500 optimisations. Based on Android 9 (Pie), OxygenOS now comes with Full Screen Gestures 2.0.

Yes, there’s no 3.5 mm headphone socket, but OnePlus now has Bullet Type-C headphones (US$19.95) with a USB C connector and a Cirrus Logic DAC. Or else it’s full Bluetooth with Bullets Wireless (US$69), which have a special 5th Anniversary edition in red. 10 minutes charging gives 5 hours of listening pleasure.

The 6T will be available from the OnePlus on-line store from November 1 in the US, 6 November in Europe, costing US$549 / GB£499 for the 6+128 GB version. No invites required these days. If you are in the US and want to get on-board with T-Mobile, there are some fairly incredible trade-in offers especially if you have an older OnePlus model – $300 off with a OnePlus Two!

There are pop-ups round the world too if you want to get yours quicker. The London one is 31 October 11:00am – 7:30pm at The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair, W1K 5LF, UK.

If you want to watch the keynote for yourself, it’s on YouTube. The presentation begins around the 30 minute mark.


Dear MoviePass



Dear MoviePass

I want to let you know that I personally believe and am of the opinion that you are now defrauding customers attempting to use your service in good faith. For the past 14 days, I have attempted multiple times to use your service every single time and have failed to see even a single movie in the Hawaii movie market. Yet you have taken my money! This is in my opinion fraud and I pray someone starts a class action lawsuit against you. It’s rare that I will publicly denounce a company. But your service is no longer a service it is, in my opinion, a scheme to steal money and in my opinion not deliver what you have promised to deliver.

As a social experiment, I will continue to use your service for the next few weeks and continue to collect evidence that you do not deliver the service you say you are. I am not alone in this endeavor, I have others who are collecting daily screen captures within your app across multiple movie theaters here in Hawaii that display “no” movie offerings even for movies that are supposedly in your rotating selection of absolute shit movies. If I am unable to watch any movies this month after multiple tests I will be going to ask for a refund, if I am unable to obtain a refund I will dispute your charges with my CC company and unauthorize further scamming of money.

It is my hope that you will determine what the malfunction is here in Hawaii and fix the issue immediately. You had a great service in the beginning and at this point, in my opinion, trying to keep the lights on and hoping people will not notice that you cannot actually see a movie with your service. A very unhappy soon to be ex-customer.

 


Facebook Removed Additional Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior



Facebook announced that it removed 82 Pages, Groups and accounts “for coordinated inauthentic behavior that originated in Iran and targeted people in the US and UK”. This follows Facebook’s previous removal of 559 Pages and 251 accounts “that have consistently broken our rules against spam and inauthentic behavior”.

To me, it sounds like Facebook is actually taking action to clean itself up by removing those who are there to cause trouble. In a post written by Facebook’s head of Cybersecurity Policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said:

This morning we removed 82 Pages, Groups and accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior that originated in Iran and targeted people in the US and UK. The Page administrators and account owners typically represented themselves as US citizens, or in a few cases UK citizens – and they posted about politically charged topics such as race relations, opposition to the President, and immigration. Despite attempts to hide their true identities, a manual review of these accounts linked their activity to Iran. We also identified some overlap with the Iranian accounts and Pages we removed in August.

Nathaniel Gleicher also stated that Facebook shared the information with US and UK government officials, US law enforcement, Congress, other technology companies and the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab. In addition, Facebook has an Elections War Room with teams that identify, investigate, and evaluate a problem and then take action to stop it.

This sharing of information reminds me of the recent sharing between BuzzFeed and Google, after a BuzzFeed investigation about a fraud scheme that involved more than 125 Android apps and websites.

Perhaps the way to clean up the internet, and make it a more authentic place to visit, is for those who find nefarious activity to share it with everyone else. It would make it harder for bad actors to continually spread misinformation in an effort to promote divisiveness.

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