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AppleMagazine #334

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Ivan Castilho de Almeida
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26 Issues


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bitcoin mining company begins operations in butte

A company created to mine for the digital currency bitcoin has begun operation at facility in western Montana.The Montana Standard reports CryptoWatt LLC activated about 2,000 computer servers at the former Mike Mansfield Advanced Technology Center south of Butte Wednesday.Company representative Matt Vincent says this week’s activation is the first phase of the project, and the company expects to launch a larger-capacity operation in April or May. (Image: Jack Guez) Bitcoin is a decentralized currency created and exchanged outside of banks and governments. Users mine bitcoin by lending computing power for verifying other users’ transactions. They receive bitcoins in exchange.Vincent says the company expects to be able to mine between 10 and 15 other digital currencies in the future.The company expects to hire 50 full-time employees when the facility…

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apple said to develop displays to replace samsung- made

Apple Inc. is designing and producing its own device displays for the first time, using a secret manufacturing facility near its California headquarters to make small numbers of the screens for testing purposes, according to people familiar with the situation.The technology giant is making a significant investment in the development of next-generation MicroLED screens, say the people, who requested anonymity to discuss internal planning. MicroLED screens use different light-emitting compounds than the current OLED displays and promise to make future gadgets slimmer, brighter and less power-hungry. (Image: Richard Drew) The screens are far more difficult to produce than OLED displays, and the company almost killed the project a year or so ago, the people say. Engineers have since been making progress and the technology is now at an advanced…

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albuquerque police have hush-hush cellphone-tracking devices

The Albuquerque Police Department is among numerous U.S. law enforcement agencies using highly secretive technology that can track the whereabouts of crime suspects by using signals emitted by their cellphones.The Albuquerque Journal reports that documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico following a lawsuit against the city indicate Albuquerque police have had at least two of the tracking devices for the last six years. Former Mayor Richard Berry’s administration withheld information about the trackers but Mayor Tim Keller’s administration recently released the documents to the ACLU, which agreed to dismiss the lawsuit.Purchasing agreements with the FBI restrict information that police can release about the devices and their use.Other cities were police use cellphone trackers include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas. ■…

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breaking up with facebook? it’s harder than it looks

Facebook’s latest privacy scandal, involving Trump campaign consultants who allegedly stole data on tens of millions of users in order to influence elections, has some people reconsidering their relationship status with the social network.There’s just one problem: There isn’t much of anywhere else to go.Facebook has weathered many such blow-ups before and is used to apologizing and moving on. But the stakes are bigger this time. Regulatory authorities are starting to focus on the data misappropriation, triggering a 9 percent decline in Facebook’s normally high-flying stock since Monday. Some of that reflects fear that changes in Facebook’s business will hurt profits or that advertisers and users will sour on the social network.The furor over Cambridge Analytica, the data mining firm accused of stealing Facebook data, follows a bad…

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how facebook likes could profile voters for manipulation

Facebook likes can tell a lot about a person. Maybe even enough to fuel a voter-manipulation effort like the one a Trump-affiliated data-mining firm stands accused of — and which Facebook may have enabled.The social network is now under fire after The New York Times and The Guardian newspaper reported that former Trump campaign consultant Cambridge Analytica used data, including user likes, inappropriately obtained from roughly 50 million Facebook users to try to influence elections.Facebook’s stock plunged 7 percent Monday in its worst one-day decline since 2014. Officials in the EU and the U.S. sought answers, while Britain’s information commissioner said she will seek a warrant to access Cambridge Analytica’s servers because the British firm had been “uncooperative” in her investigation. After two years of failing to disclose the…

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amazon go execs share insights into shopper behavior

A key executive behind Amazon Go, the online leader’s much heralded cashier-less grocery store, says she was surprised at how many customers were hesitant to just walk out the store.“What we didn’t necessarily expect was how many people would stop at the end on their first trip or two and ask, ‘Is it really OK if I just leave?’” said Gianna Puerini, vice president of Amazon Go, which opened in January in Seattle.That was one of the insights she and another executive shared at Shoptalk, a retail industry event that kicked off its four-day run Sunday. Puerini also noted that the best-selling item has been chicken sandwiches. Other popular items include meal kits and fresh fruit. Puerini said the store is geared toward people who are hungry or in…