Pixel 7 owners report ‘spontaneously’ shattering camera glass

Jon Porter writing for The Verge (Apple News) Pixel 7 owners are taking to Twitter and Reddit to report that the glass covering the phone’s rear camera is shattering, despite the phone apparently not being knocked or dropped. PhoneArena and Android Police have pulled together photos from numerous owners showing the damage to their handsets, with reports stretching back at least as far as November — just a month after the phone went on general sale.

Happy new year 🥳

Apple says it will allow iCloud backups to be fully encrypted

Joseph Menn writing for The Washington Post The step is likely to draw protests from multiple governments, some of which could take legislative or court action or deny Apple access to their markets. Top law enforcement officials in the United States, Britain and other democracies have railed against strong encryption, and some have passed laws they could use to try to force companies to cooperate against their customers. There are plenty of ways “the bad guys” can encrypt/hide their communications.

Building A Virtual Machine inside ChatGPT

Jonas Degrave writing on Engraved Today, Frederic Besse told me that he managed to do something different. Did you know, that you can run a whole virtual machine inside of ChatGPT? This is crazy! None of these commands are actually running, the output is just what the AI thinks should be the output. Thing is, it’s almost always right.

Vendor certificate leak could give malware full control over Android phones

Manuel Vonau writing for Android Police Spotted by Google malware reverse engineering expert Łukasz Siewierski (via Mishaal Rahman), the certificates in question are platform certificates meant to verify the authenticity of the “android” application that’s part of every phone, but are also used to sign individual apps from manufacturers. The problem is that this core android application has the highest level of access to the system, allowing it almost unrestricted access to user data.

First off-grid solar-powered EV charger deployed in Puerto Rico in wake of rising natural disasters

Peter Johnson writing for electrek Beam’s EV ARC chargers can generate and store their own electricity by harnessing renewable energy from the sun. The charging infrastructure is designed to handle extreme weather with flood-proof capabilities up to 9.5 feet and wind resistance of 125 mph. I wonder how long this takes to charge. I assume it charges up a portable battery over time and then uses that to charge a vehicle.

Holland America Cruise

Some pictures from our recent Holland America cruise through the Caribbean. Cruise Ship Nieuw Statendam Guitar Sculpture Island Bridge Sunset

Finally getting around to watching #SheHulk

Trying out the very new social network Planetary at https://planetary.link/%40qF08d%2FZIS0o%2Fnjqb5zZWExTkT2ONT7EZRuAcQE09jn0%3D.ed25519

We live in a society not an economy

Tweet deleted 😢 What we learned from COVID? That oil is worthless in a society without consumption. That healthcare has to be public because health is public. That 50% of jobs can be done from home while the other 50% deserve more than they’re being paid. That we live in a society not an economy

I think I might get the new 12.9” iPad Pro. My iPad Air 2 is definitely showing its age.

Been reading Snow Crash on and off for a while now. I’m about 75% of the way through it 📚

Lightfall looks awesome, strand looks amazing, and season of plunder looks like loads of fun! #destiny

In-app browsers that act as keyloggers

Jason Snell writing for Six Colors Introducing InAppBrowser.com, a simple tool to list the JavaScript commands executed by the iOS app rendering the page. Krause’s tool lets anyone investigate what might be leaking through in-app browsers. Apps that use Apple’s SafariViewController are all pretty safe, but apps like TikTok, Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and Facebook are using their own in-app browsers that modify pages with JavaScript. TikTok, in particular, is monitoring all keyboard inputs and taps.

Received my 4th #covid shot today.

Adding HomeKit to my garage door has been one of the most useful HomeKit additions to my house.

Rogers outage: Telecom says it’s ‘fully engaged’ to fix issues; Fido, Interac customers also impacted by network outages

Isaac Phan Nay writing for The Toronto Star Many Rogers customers across Canada reported losing mobile and internet services early Friday morning, with the provider eventually confirming the issue hours later. Rogers has not yet released an update on the cause of Friday’s outage. This is a pretty huge outage, coast to coast, even impacting 9-1-1 service.