Monthly Archives: December 2018

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Signal app to Australia: Good luck with that crypto ban

Grafitti urging people to use Signal, a highly-enctypted messaging app, is spray-painted on a wall during a protest on February 1, 2017 in Berkeley, California.

Enlarge / Grafitti urging people to use Signal, a highly-enctypted messaging app, is spray-painted on a wall during a protest on February 1, 2017 in Berkeley, California. (credit: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

Signal, one of the most secure messaging apps, essentially told Australia this week that its attempts to thwart strong crypto are rather cute.

“By design, Signal does not have a record of your contacts, social graph, conversation list, location, user avatar, user profile name, group memberships, group titles, or group avatars,” Joshua Lund, a Signal developer wrote. “The end-to-end encrypted contents of every message and voice/video call are protected by keys that are entirely inaccessible to us. In most cases now we don’t even have access to who is messaging whom.”

Lund is referring to a recent law passed in Australia that will fine companies that do not comply with government demands for encrypted data up to AUS$10 million.

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Weekend Motorsport Roundup; December 15-16, 2018

Welcome to the Jalopnik Weekend Motorsports Roundup, where we let you know what’s going on in the world of racing, where you can see it, and where you can talk about it all in one convenient place. Where else would you want to spend your weekend?

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The Morning After: Facebook’s latest data leak

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! We regret to report there's more bad news to share about Facebook and how it's protecting your privacy. Some of the highlights from earlier this week include an incredible tech demo, tec…

Computing pioneer Evelyn Berezin died this week—she should be remembered

Secretaries use typewriters, before the word processor changed everything.

Enlarge / Secretaries use typewriters, before the word processor changed everything. (credit: Evening Standard | Getty Images)

Computing pioneer Evelyn Berezin died at 93 this week. She was most known as the designer of the first true word-processing computer. But she designed many other innovative computing systems and helmed Redactron Corporation, a company that helped transform offices by producing and distributing her word-processor device.

Born to Jewish immigrants from Russia in New York City in 1925, Berezin earned a BA in physics at NYU before working throughout the 1950s and 1960s designing early computing systems. She had become interested in physics after reading her brother’s science-fiction periodicals.

In the earlier years of her career, she worked amidst a wave of innovation and new possibilities that came with the arrival of transistors. Among her early accomplishments was an airline reservations system for United Airlines, which “served 60 cities throughout the United States with a one-second response time and with no central system failures in 11 years of operation,” according to the Computer History Museum.

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Save On Socks, Shirts, and Other Basics With This Amazon Sale

For a limited time, Amazon is lowering the prices on basics, like socks, boxers, gloves, and hats from brands like Under Armour, Soffe, Adidas, and Speedo.

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‘Stardew Valley’ creator is working on more content and a new game

In a blog post and a few tweets, solo game developer Eric Barone laid out plans for 2019 that will expand his hit indie game Stardew Valley and extend to a new title. Now that he has regained the right to self-publish the top-down farming RPG on most…

Amazon adjusts the outlook for its in-car Echo setup

With time running out on 2018, Amazon has suddenly started delivering a bunch of the Alexa-connected devices it announced in September. However, it's looking more and more like the Echo Auto that links its virtual assistant to your car stereo won't b…

NBA League Pass is now available through Amazon Prime Video Channels

If you can't get enough NBA action, you're in luck. Amazon is now offering live games from NBA League Pass part of its Prime Video Channels service. You'll have to get a League Pass subscription to access the content, which you can get through Amazon…

Amazon’s $30 Echo clock puts Alexa timers on your wall

The Amazon Echo Wall Clock is finally available. First announced back in September, the analog clock that can sync with timers and display countdowns set through Alexa sells for $30. To get the most of this wall clock, you'll need an Echo speaker to…

Formula E’s Mahindra Racing Team Is Actually Naming One of Their Cars “Electro McElectroface”

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the holiday season and the Formula E season is starting up after a steady withdrawal from regular racing. Is there a better way to celebrate this glorious occasion than by naming one of your cars Electro McElectroface? The answer is most certainly no.

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