Archive for November 13, 2020

Mujjo Reintroduces Their Sleeve For The New M1 Based 13″ MacBook Pro

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 13, 2020 by itnerd

With the announcement of the 13″ MacBook Pro with Apple’s new M1 processor, Mujjo has reintroduced one of their most popular and recognizable designs for these MacBook Pros. This is their Sleeve for 13″ Macbook Air & Pro.

An asymmetrical leather flap with one snap button on the right, provides a simple closure and keeps your device secure. They’re crafted out of a by now well-known combination of our signature felt and full-grain vegetable-tanned leather. And they’re designed to securely carry the all new 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with M1 chip, along with its predecessors (Retina only).

This sleeve goes for €57.77 and is available now. It’s very much worth a look if you’re interested in protecting your new 13″ MacBook Pro.

TikTok Dodges Trump Death Sentence For Now

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 13, 2020 by itnerd

It seems that the Trump Administration is kind of busy at the moment as they appear to have backed of taking out TikTok. At least for now:

The deadline for “national security concerns posed by TikTok to be resolved,” as prescribed in the Commerce Department’s September order, was Thursday, November 12. But, per the Wall Street Journal, they’re now delaying the implementation of the ban, which would make it illegal for companies to enable “the functioning or optimization” of the app, effectively rendering it impossible to use in the United States. (TikTok denies allegations that it is sharing information with the Chinese government.) The delay comes not just because the Trump administration is busy trying to force a second term, but also “pending further legal developments.” Specifically, the Department cited a preliminary injunction against the shutdown last month in Philadelphia. In a suit brought by TikTokers Douglas Marland, Cosette Rinab, and Alex Chambers, a judge decided the government action “presents a threat to the ‘robust exchange of informational materials,’” and likely exceeds the government’s authority under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the order Trump used to take action against TikTok, WeChat, and more.

This TikTok thing has been a clown show from the start. That’s not to say that TikTok doesn’t have issues because they do. But the way this has been handled by the Trump Administration has been shambolic. I would not at all be surprised if this magically goes away as Trump and company have larger issues to deal with at the moment.

Early Access Black Friday Deals from Dell Technologies

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 13, 2020 by itnerd

Whether for work, play or learning, Dell Technologies has you covered!

Dell Technologies launched their #EarlyAccess Black Friday deals available on Dell.ca. Shop the lowest prices of the season all the way till December 7.

Please note, Doorbusters are updated with new offers everyday!

Below you will find more information on our top picks for your reference and stay tuned for more upcoming offers.

Aurora R10 (AMD) R7/16/2+512/3080/1000w

  • Original: $3,399.99
  • Final: $2,299.99
  • Discount: $1,100

Alienware 27 Monitor – AW2720HF        

  • Original: $809.99             
  • Final: $529.99
  • Discount: $280

Dell G5 Desktop i7|16|1+512|1660S

  • Original: $1,899.99 
  • Final: $1,399.99
  • Discount: $500

Dell G5 15 Gaming Laptop i7| NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070| 15.6 inch FHD| 512GB SSD

  • Original: $2,338.99
  • Final: $1,849.99
  • Discount: $489

XPS 13 Laptop i7-1065G7 | 13.4″ UHD+ (3840 x 2400) | 8GB

  • Original: $2099.99 
  • Final: $1,749.99 
  • Discount: $350

New Inspiron 15 7000 11th gen i5| 15.6-inch FHD| 512 SSD | Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics

  • Original: $1088.99
  • Final: $849.99
  • Discount: $239

Please note all the above prices are in CAD.

VICE Says Google Maps Is The “Creepiest” App On Your Phone

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 13, 2020 by itnerd

VICE has highlighted six reasons why Google Maps is the creepiest app on your phone. And I do mean creepy:

1. Google Maps Wants Your Search History: Google’s “Web & App Activity” settings describe how the company collects data, such as user location, to create a faster and “more personalized” experience. In plain English, this means that every single place you’ve looked up in the app — whether it’s a strip club, a kebab shop or your moped-riding drug dealer’s location — is saved and integrated into Google’s search engine algorithm for a period of 18 months. Google knows you probably find this creepy. That’s why the company uses so-called “dark patterns” — user interfaces crafted to coax us into choosing options we might not otherwise, for example by highlighting an option with certain fonts or brighter colors. 

2. Google Maps Limits Its Features If You Don’t Share Your Search History: If you open your Google Maps app, you’ll see a circle in the top right corner that signifies you’re logged in with your Google account. That’s not necessary, and you can simply log out. Of course, the log out button is slightly hidden, but can be found like this: click on the circle > Settings > scroll down > Log out of Google Maps. Unfortunately, Google Maps won’t let you save frequently visited places if you’re not logged into your Google account. If you choose not to log in, when you click on the search bar you get a “Tired of typing?” button, suggesting you sign in, and coaxing you towards more data collection. 

3. Google Maps Can Snitch On You: Another problematic feature is the “Google Maps Timeline,” which “shows an estimate of places you may have been and routes you may have taken based on your Location History.” With this feature, you can look at your personal travel routes on Google Maps, including the means of transport you probably used, such as a car or a bike. The obvious downside is that your every move is known to Google, and to anyone with access to your account. And that’s not just hackers — Google may also share data with government agencies such as the police. […] If your “Location History” is on, your phone “saves where you go with your devices, even when you aren’t using a specific Google service,” as is explained in more detail on this page. This feature is useful if you lose your phone, but also turns it into a bonafide tracking device. 

4. Google Maps Wants to Know Your Habits: Google Maps often asks users to share a quick public rating. “How was Berlin Burger? Help others know what to expect,” suggests the app after you’ve picked up your dinner. This feels like a casual, lighthearted question and relies on the positive feeling we get when we help others. But all this info is collected in your Google profile, making it easier for someone to figure out if you’re visiting a place briefly and occasionally (like on holiday) or if you live nearby. 

5. Google Maps Doesn’t Like It When You’re Offline: Remember GPS navigation? It might have been clunky and slow, but it’s a good reminder that you don’t need to be connected to the internet to be directed. In fact, other apps offer offline navigation. On Google, you can download maps, but offline navigation is only available for cars. It seems fairly unlikely the tech giant can’t figure out how to direct pedestrians and cyclists without internet. 

6. Google Makes It Seem Like This Is All for Your Own Good: “Providing useful, meaningful experiences is at the core of what Google does,” the company says on its website, adding that knowing your location is important for this reason. They say they use this data for all kinds of useful things, like “security” and “language settings” — and, of course, selling ads. Google also sells advertisers the possibility to evaluate how well their campaigns reached their target (that’s you!) and how often people visited their physical shops “in an anonymized and aggregated manner”. But only if you opt in (or you forget to opt out).

I haven’t had Google Maps on my iPhone for years. And this report really doesn’t make me want put it back on my phone. Google needs to get their act together as privacy is a big deal for a lot of people, and they’re on the wrong side of that argument. As usual. I would suggest to the company who claims to “do no evil” actually live up to that mantra. But perhaps I expect too much.