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We’ve always held that the iPhone can be like a drug, its users addicted to just one more app, just one more high score. Now comes word from the horse’s mouth, so to speak: criminals. Theft of the iPhone and other cellphones is increasing in popularity with criminals who once sold crack cocaine.

Turns out, a new twist on iPhone thefts can be more profitable – let alone, less dangerous – than selling drugs on the street…

Despite a criminal being able to pawn a stolen iPhone for about $100, a new wrinkle nets thieves “more than I can get for selling crack cocaine,” San Francisco, California Police Chief Greg Suhr tells the San Francisco Examiner.

Instead of selling the stolen phone, thieves now act as Good Samaritans, giving back the handset they “found” to victims. The grateful owner usually gives the thief $20 for returning the valuable item, more than what Suhr said a drug dealer can earn from selling crack.

Indeed, the police chief believes a rise in cell phone thefts could explain a drop in that city’s drug-related arrests.

Along with the Good Samaritan ploy, which does an end-run around the need to sell a stolen iPhone, thieves are joining forces in ways that would make the Artful Dodger of ‘Oliver Twist’ proud.

San Francisco police say they’ve seen an increase in teams of thieves working together to steal cell phones from restaurant patrons or even bus passengers. In one instance, a man eating at Taco Bell had his phone swiped by a woman, who fled the store. When the victim tried to catch the thief, two accomplices blocked his way.

The thief was later captured by police.

The same trio attempted to grab a cellphone from a victim riding a city bus. Following a tactic more common on the NFL gridiron than the streets of San Francisco, the thief reportedly slapped the phone from the female victim’s hand.

While the victim was able to grab her phone off the floor before the criminals could reach it, police say the slapping movement is enough to startle a victim, giving the thief the upper hand.

Here’s an iPhone theft gone real bad as a security cam captures a teenager attempting to steal an iPhone 4 at an AT&T Store in Downtown Washington, DC.

All of this highlights several low-tech, but useful takeaways: don’t zone-out when talking on your phone. So often, people will carry on a conversation in public and not pay attention to their surroundings. Not only is this terribly annoying to people around you who have to put up with your insufferably boring talking, but it makes you vulnerable to theft.

Secondly, if your iPhone is valuable, don’t make it easy to steal. If you are a woman, put your phone in your purse, preferably in a zipped compartment. Also, think about adding a chain to your iPhone’s case.

As one former pickpocket told ABC recently, a cell phone is “the most frequently stolen item in the world today.”

Keep that in mind the next time you pull your iPhone out of your pocket in public.

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Setting Up Siri For More Than One User

Siri is an App that can make calls and send text messages for you when you are driving or have your hands full-It can also announce any new messages on your device. It can give necessary suggestions, like texting someone that you will be late for a meeting. Siri can help you set alarms, reminders, and even give directions to a destination.

Apple Music and Siri do work together, which means that you ask Siri to find a song for you and put it on a particular playlist.

It can even suggest your favorite songs for you at the gym; all you have to do is just to tap to play. Nowadays, you can control your appliances and do many things at once with just your voice.

Using the home App, you can create a scene and name it ‘I am home,’ which will automatically open the garage, the front door, and switch on the house lights. Siri can be operated by one or more persons, but it has to be properly configured for it to be operated by many people.

How do you set up Siri to respond to more than one user?

Setting Up Your HomePod for Multiple Users

It’s quite an interesting experience for more than one person to talk to your HomePod (Siri) and get recognized. It will play their choice of music and obey every command placed by them on it. The HomePod can accept up to six people to talk to it and get recognized.

You don’t have to get every member of your family their own HomePod. Instead, you can simply add them to a single HomePod by activating the multiple user features on it.

Requirement for Configuration

All the people you want to add or your family members should have iPhone running on iOS 13.2 or iPad running on iPadOS 13.2, or you just have to make sure their devices are running on the latest version of iOS.

When you update the software in the Home app on your device, it will automatically update your HomePod or all the HomePods you have on your network.

The Configuration

All the people or your family members that you want to be recognized by your HomePod should be a member of your home network on your Home App. If they are not, then you have to do the following:

After that, turn on “Listen for ‘Hey, Siri’” on your HomePod’s section in the Home App.

Then turn on “Listen for ‘Hey, Siri’” on your iPhone or iPad as well.

After that, turn on Personal Request on each member’s Home App and make sure ‘Find My’ is turned on.

Also ‘Location Services’

And finally, make sure your HomePod and iOS device are set to the same language.

After all these configurations have been set up, everybody that you have sent an invitation to will get a notification within their Home App, telling them that their voice is now being recognized by the HomePod.

What if someone does not get this notification? You just have to open that person’s Home App and do the following.

The HomePod may have difficulty in differentiating the voices of two or more young children. However, the HomePod will always ask ‘who are you’ if it can’t recognize your voice. You just have to reply by saying, ‘Hey, Siri, this is … (mention your name).

Final Verdict

Your family members will be thrilled to find out they have access to your HomePod (Siri). They can fill your home with their favorite types of music with just a voice command.

It will also provide learning opportunities for your children as they will be able to ask ‘Siri’ different questions and get quick and accurate answers. As always, we recommend monitoring their activities to make sure that they don’t abuse the use of your HomePod.

Reddit Is More Dangerous Than The Syrian Electronic Army’s Hackers

About an hour ago, the Associated Press’s official Twitter account, @AP, issued this tweet (it’s since been removed):

Hacked @AP Tweet

Hacked @AP Tweet

I was in the bathroom reading Twitter (I know.) when this first broke, and the first thing I saw wasn’t one of the most respected news sources in the world tweeting that the White House had been bombed. I don’t follow the AP on my personal account, so the first thing I saw was this:

The next three tweets I saw about this possibly breaking news story were as follows: “there’s no way that @AP tweet is real,” “Not believing this,” and “h a c k t i m e.” Not a single person in my feed believed the tweet; the closest was Anil Dash asking for “other sources.” The jokes followed immediately–jokes about those who had bungled coverage of the Boston Bombing (the New York Post, CNN, former Reuters social media editor Matthew Keys, Reddit), and then aggressive ignoring of the tweet. My feed, largely made up of reporters, editors, writers, and other news-types, barely even bothered to make a reasoned rejection, so silly was the AP tweet and so jaded our reaction to news.

That’s the same experience everyone had; within seconds, the balance of those talking about the tweet swung from earnest disbelief to cries of “hacked,” “fake,” and scorn. By five minutes in–an eternity on Twitter!–the conversation was almost entirely about the “AP hack,” not the “news.” Even the stock market, run by alarmist algorithms, snapped back from an absurd drop in minutes.

The Syrian Electronic Army, a largely unknown group which claimed credit for the hack, has been busy the past few days, taking control of the Twitter accounts of NPR, the BBC, @60Minutes, and more. But they’re small-h hackers, nominally political and apparently accomplished at getting access but less concerned with causing real damage than in pranks and delighting in their own cleverness. When they took control of @FIFAWorldCup, they tweeted a few times about a conspiracy against the Syrian national soccer team and then a whole bunch more times saying things like “Twitter #failure” and “Syrian Electronic Army was here.” None of their work suggests that this is a serious political group trying to effect change or even mere chaos; this is probably a handful of dumb teens.

The AP tweet was not hard to pick out as a hoax. The phrasing was wrong; the AP writes “BREAKING” in loud capital letters, whereas the hacked tweet was properly capitalized; it was sent via the web whereas legitimate @AP tweets are usually sent via Social Flow, a marketing service; and the president was referred to simply as Barack Obama, a violation of the AP’s style guide. That’s on top of the fact that, well, if there was a bombing at the White House, it’s pretty doubtful that @AP, fast as they are, would be the first and only source to get the word out; they weren’t nearly the first to tweet about the Boston Bombings, for example, and this hacked tweet was not accompanied by any corroborating eyewitness reports.

Compare the effect of this fake tweet–near-instantaneous dismissal and eye-rolling–with the very worrying case of Sunil Tripathi, a Brown University student who had been missing for a few weeks. At 2:43AM early in the morning of April 19th, one Greg Hughes, an active Reddit contributor, tweeted Tripathi’s name as a possible suspect in the Boston Bombing, citing a mention on the Boston Police Department’s scanner feed. The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal was unable to find anything resembling Tripathi’s name in the scanner’s logs, but it didn’t matter; within hours, Sunil had become the number one suspect in the bombings for Twitter and Reddit.

He was cleared by late afternoon, when the FBI identified the Tsarnaev brothers as the primary suspects. His whereabouts are still unknown.

Hughes’s tweet was earnest; it cited a source assumed to be trustworthy (though it is not, and it doesn’t seem to have come from that source anyway), it came from someone trying to help. It was plausible. The easiest way to fool someone is to have already fooled yourself, and in publishing something he thought was true, Hughes’s tweet became far more powerful than anything a prankster group of Syrian hackers could come up with.

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These two stories show both sides of the crowd-sourced hive mind with which we analyze information on Twitter. On the one hand, the masses came to the right conclusion very quickly in the case of the AP hack; if you looked at literally a single tweet besides the one from @AP, even if you weren’t sure what to think, you’d immediately have to consider the possibility that the tweet was not genuine. It caused no damage, no panic. Nobody was hurt, really; it’s hard to even blame the Associated Press. It could happen to anyone, and the AP was conscientious in conveying what had happened (and getting their Twitter feed temporarily shut down) within minutes. The power of the crowd directed people to the truth.

And yet the painfully earnest computer-chair detective work from Reddit and Twitter may well have destroyed the life of an innocent college kid from suburban Pennsylvania. We don’t know where he is or if he’s okay, we don’t know if he’ll come back or how he’ll recover from being falsely accused of mass murder if he does. When we discuss the problem of oversaturation of news–which we should, repeatedly and at length–we need to remember that. The Syrian Electronic Army’s intentions may have been to hurt, and Reddit’s intentions may have been to help, but it doesn’t matter. Misinformation is misinformation, and Reddit proved a far more effective and destructive source than the hackers.

Report Claims Radiofrequency Radiation Levels In Several Iphones Measures Higher Than Legal Limit

A newly-conducted test indicates that several different iPhone models released over the years actually surpass the regulatory safety limits when it comes to radiofrequency radiation levels. But Apple disputes the findings.

Both the report and the test were put together by The Chicago Tribune (via MacRumors). According to the publication, the test was conducted in an accredited lab and included several different phone models from various manufacturers. Each the phones were positioned under a clear liquid that was specifically created to simulate human tissue. Probes were then dropped into the liquid to test the radiofrequency radiation levels outputted by the devices.

With the push of a button, a robotic arm swung into action, sending a pencil-thin probe dipping into the tub. For 18 minutes, it repeatedly measured the amount of radiofrequency radiation the liquid was absorbing from the cellphone.

While various phones were tested, it’s the iPhone 7 that was called out for being the worst offender. Not only was the handset’s radiofrequency radiation levels over the safety limits, but they were actually double what Apple reported to federal regulators.

Still, while other iPhone models fell within the appropriate range –like the iPhone 8 Plus — the iPhone 7 did not. It was still above the legal limit.

Apple disputed not only the original test, but also the modified test. The company says that the publication did not test the phones in the same way that Apple does, and, as a result, the tests were not indicative of what the iPhone actually puts out.

Apple did not say how the tests differed, however.

Apple requested that The Chicago Tribune put forward questions in written form. Unfortunately Apple did not respond in time for publication, but did provide a follow-up, reiterating that the tests were inaccurate:

All iPhone models, including iPhone 7, are fully certified by the FCC and in every other country where iPhone is sold,” the statement said. “After careful review and subsequent validation of all iPhone models tested in the (Tribune) report, we confirmed we are in compliance and meet all applicable … exposure guidelines and limits.

For those curious, the iPhone X was only moderately above the acceptable range. The iPhone 8 managed to go over as well in some tests, while the iPhone 8 Plus stayed within the legal range.

Meanwhile, here’s the FCC’s statement on the matter, with the regulatory body moving forward with its own tests:

We take seriously any claims on non-compliance with the RF (radiofrequency) exposure standards and will be obtaining and testing the subject phones for compliance with FCC rules,” agency spokesman Neil Grace said.

Apple is not alone in this issue. Motorola, Vivo, and Samsung each had phones tested in the publication’s report. All of which had phones that went above the safety limit for radiofrequency radiation levels.

Now, there’s a catch worth mentioning here. Namely, that “consumers do not experience exposure like this”.

The phone was now operating at full power, creating what was essentially a worst-case scenario in terms of radiofrequency radiation exposure. Typically, Moulton said, consumers do not experience exposure like this. But it could happen, he said, in limited situations, such as someone talking continuously in an area with a weak connection.

So, there’s that.

Still, it will be interesting to see if anything comes from this. After The Chicago Tribune‘s report the FCC is going to conduct its own testing. Will there be repercussions for Apple (and the other companies) if their devices are found to actually exceed the safety limitations?

The full report is absolutely worth a read, so check it out.

How To Use More Than One Time Zone For Events In Google Calendar.

If you use Google Calendar to keep your personal and work life organised, you’ll probably be quite familiar with its workings. Even after all this time and so much use, you probably didn’t know that you can actually add additional time zones to specific events, tasks etc. This is an important feature to have enabled if you interact with different time zones. 

Related: How to delete your Google Assistant Recordings. Disable Google Assistant recordings.

With Google Calendar pre-installed on every single Android device in existence, it is probably the most used Calendar service in the world with hundreds of millions of users using it to keep themselves organised each and every day. Although I’m not the biggest fan of giving Google too much of my personal data, I do use Google Calendar myself from time to time. Especially when I’m travelling or transiting between locations. 

What a lot of people don’t know about Google Calendar is that it can be used to keep track of events and other items with multiple time zones attached. For example, you may be living in a border town or a place with daylight savings and need to make sure yourself and everyone linked to your calendar has the right scheduling information. Thankfully, this additional timezone information can be updated or added quickly and easily to new or existing events all you have to do is:

Open Google Calendar

Create a new event

Select More Options from the menu

Go to Event details

Add your required timezone information. 

How do you add extra time zones to Google Calendar? Add extra time zones to events in Google Calendar.

Elaborating on the above steps a little more, you’ll need to do the following to add extra time zones to your events. 

First, open Google Calendar and make sure you are signed in to your account. Once you are signed in and have the calendar open, Create a new event using the big colourful Create icon on the left side of the screen.

Next, set up your event as your desire specifying whatever date/s and times you require. 

This will bring up a new window which gives you the option to add a time-zone you require. Add the information you need from the list of options, then save the changes back on the main screen. 

Add time zones to events in Google Calendar from your mobile device? Android & iPhone.

If you are looking for this feature on your mobile device, you won’t find it. Sadly you are limited to updating or changing the current and only time zone that is listed. As you can see in the screenshots below, there is no additional time zone option. The workaround is to simply create an event from the web version of Google Calendar, update it with a second-time zone then access it from your mobile device.  

Which Is Used More For Devops: Ruby Or Python?

Here, we’ll look at the choice, popularity, and utilization cases of Ruby and Python within the setting of chúng tôi are going to investigate their one-of-a-kind highlights, qualities, and shortcomings to assist you to choose which language best suits your DevOps requirements.

Section 1: A Brief Overview of Ruby and Python

Ruby: Made in 1995 by Yukihiro Matsumoto, Ruby is an energetic, object-oriented language with a focus on straightforwardness and efficiency. Ruby picked up popularity with the approach of Ruby on Rails, an effective web application system that emphasizes tradition over setup. The language is known for its elegant syntax and the ease with which it can be picked up by beginners.

Python: Made in 1989 by Guido van Rossum, Python may be an interpreted, high-level, general-purpose programming language. Python emphasizes seriousness and effortlessness, making it a well-known choice for a wide run of applications, checking web development, data analysis, artificial intelligence, and more. Python includes a broad, energetic community, and its ecosystem joins different libraries and frameworks that improve complex assignments.

Section 2: Adoption and Popularity of Ruby and Python in DevOps

The Stack Overflow Developer Survey and the GitHub Octoverse provide valuable insights into the popularity and adoption of programming languages. According to the 2023 Stack Overflow Developer Survey, Python ranked as the 2nd most popular language, while Ruby was in the 12th position. The GitHub Octoverse report for the same year showed a similar trend, with Python being the 2nd most popular language and Ruby at the 10th spot.

In spite of the fact that popularity alone does not decide the esteem of a language for DevOps, it does affect the accessibility of assets, community support, and the development of modern tools and libraries.

Section 3: Ruby and Python in the DevOps Toolchain

Infrastructure Automation: Both Ruby and Python have strong support for infrastructure automation, a crucial component of the DevOps process. Ruby has long been associated with the automation tool Puppet, while Python has close ties with Ansible. Both languages have numerous libraries and modules that simplify the automation process, though Python has a slight edge due to its extensive ecosystem.

Containerization: Docker, the driving containerization stage, has official SDKs for both Ruby and Python. In spite of the fact that both languages can successfully manage Docker containers, Python’s more extensive selection and support from other containerization instruments, such as Kubernetes, make it a more prevalent choice in this space.

Section 4: Strengths and Weaknesses of Ruby and Python for DevOps

Ruby Strengths

Rich syntax and simple to memorize, making it an amazing choice for beginners.

Ruby on Rails framework simplifies web development and deployment.

Strong community support and a rich ecosystem of libraries and tools.

Ruby Weaknesses

Lower popularity compared to Python, resulting in fewer resources and a smaller community.

Execution can be an issue in a few cases, as Ruby isn’t as quick as Python.

Limited flexibility compared to Python, which is reasonable for a broader run of applications.

Python Strengths

Exceedingly readable and straightforward syntax, making it simple to memorize and use.

The extensive environment of libraries and systems for different applications, including web development, data analysis, and AI.

Large, active community that provides support, resources, and continuous development of new tools.

Better performance compared to Ruby, which can be crucial in time-sensitive DevOps processes.

Python Weaknesses

A few developers might discover Python’s strict formatting rules to be prohibitive, because it upholds the utilization of whitespace for code indentation.

The move from Python 2 to Python 3 caused some confusion and fracture within the community, in spite of the fact that this issue has reduced over time.

Section 5: Making the Choice: Ruby or Python for DevOps?

The choice between Ruby and Python for DevOps eventually depends on your particular necessities, existing foundation, and group mastery. Both languages have their qualities and shortcomings, and the finest alternative for your organization may well be impacted by factors such as −

Familiarity − In case your group is as of now capable in one of these languages, it may be more effective to use their existing skill instead of contributing time and assets to learning a modern dialect.

Compatibility − Consider the compatibility of the language with your existing tools, frameworks, and infrastructure. This may influence which language is easier and more efficient to integrate into your DevOps processes.

Community and Ecosystem − A bigger community and a wealthier ecosystem of libraries and tools can make it less demanding to discover arrangements for common issues, execute modern features, and remain up-to-date with the most recent industry trends.


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