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Apple’s Q2 smartphone shipments declined by 4.9 million units from year prior, says Counterpoint Research. …read more
Moved more than 40,000 fake iStuffs while on student visa
A Chinese citizen will be spending the next three-plus years as an involuntary guest of the US after he was convicted this week of smuggling tens of thousands of counterfeit Apple products into America.…
An anonymous reader shares a report: Brooke Holden had all but given up on breaking into the video game business. […] “Professionally inexperienced but passionate team manager looking for a hobby project to help support and manage,” she posted to a subreddit for assembling game dev teams. It was just a lark, yet a half dozen replies accumulated under the post. One in particular stood out, from an account with an active Reddit history on developer recruitment boards. The poster’s name was “Kova,” and he told Holden that his small team of three developers had recently ballooned into a 48-member operation that needed a manager “on everyone’s arse.” Holden was exhilarated. On June 22, 2019, she signed a contract with Kova’s company Drakore Studios, accepting the position of junior production manager at $13 per hour.
There was just one problem: Drakore Studios didn’t actually exist. Over the course of a month and a half, “Kova,” real name Rana Mahal, convinced at least 25 people to join a game studio that was not a registered company, and develop a video game to which he did not own the rights, in exchange for no pay. Six of them came forward to tell their story to Kotaku. The story they told was one of deceit, exploitation, incompetence, and hope, and one fuelled by gamers’ desperation to participate in an industry that has stoked their imagination, lifted their mood and forged friendships since childhood.
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Fitbit had some positives in the second quarter, but demand for Versa Lite, a budget smartwatch, wasn’t one of them. …read more
Facebook has declared it is not “our role to remove content that one side of a political debate considers to be false” in a final, positive, self-assessment of its actions in response to the death tax misinformation circulating on the platform during the May federal election. From a report: In correspondence seen by Guardian Australia, Simon Milner, the Singapore-based vice-president of the social media giant in the Asia-Pacific, tells Labor’s outgoing national secretary, Noah Carroll: “I understand that your preference would be for Facebook to remove all content that you believe constitutes misinformation — which in this instance mean all content that discussed whether or not Labor intends to introduce a death tax — rather than demote it; however Facebook only removes content that violates our community standards. “We do not agree that is is our role to remove content that one side of a political debate considers to be false,” Milner says in the letter sent a month after election day.
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Organizations using the utility should immediately install the latest version of the software, security vendor Trustwave says. …read more
The RIG exploit kit and Safari redirects are both in the adversaries’ bag of tricks. …read more
Western Digital says the flash market has bottomed out as it sees improving conditions for storage. …read more
Building giant LED walls comes with a serious set of challenges. Whether they lie in power, cable routing, or just finding a way to clock out data fast enough for all the pixels, it takes some doing to build a decent sized display. [Phill] wanted a statement piece for the office, so rolled up his sleeves and got to work.
The build uses P5 panels, which we’ve seen used before on a smaller scale. Initial testing was done with a Raspberry Pi 3, which started to run out of grunt when the build reached 28 panels. The refresh rate was slow, and anything with motion looked messy. At that point, a dedicated driver was sourced in order to handle the full 48-panel display. Other challenges involved dealing with the huge power requirements – over 170 amps at 5 volts – and building a frame to hold all the panels securely.
The final product is impressive, standing 2 meters wide and 1.2 meters high. Resolution is 384 x 256. With a Mac Mini running video into the display through the off-the-shelf driver, all manner of content is possible. [Phill] even whipped up a Slack channel for users to send GIFs and text messages to the display. Naturally, we’re sure nobody will take advantage of this functionality.
If you’ve got your own giant LED wall, and you’re dying to tell us about it, make sure you get in touch. Video after the break.