Not too slow a news week in the tech world. Here are the links of note for the week ending April 2, 2017:
- Congress, ISPs, and You - Cloak Blog - This week the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal regulations that would, among other things, prohibit U.S. ISPs from sharing consumers browsing history. Dave Peck at Clock, makers of my VPN service of choice, has a fairly comprehensive write-up on the Cloak blog about what the vote means. (Of course, Cloak would like to sell you their VPN package.)
- The Slippery Slope of Internet Privacy - MacSparky - David also has a pretty good take on this situation. Worth a read.
- 5 Samsung Galaxy S8 features Apple should steal for iPhone 8 - Macworld - This week Samsung introduced the Galaxy S8, widely believed to be the toughest competition to Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 8 and one of the most innovative smartphones on the market. I really hope we see some of these new features in the next iPhone.
- Samsung to Sell Refurbished Note7 Phones ‘to Minimize Environmental Impact’ of Recall - MacRumors - This one I admit struck me as a bit odd. After trying not once, but twice to release the failed Note 7, Samsung has decided perhaps the third chime is the charm and will be releasing new refurbished models with new batteries and new safety checks. No, thank you.
- Save the Date: Relay FM Meetup WWDC 2017 - I won’t make it out to WWDC this year (maybe one day) but if you are going to be in San Jose on June 5th, consider attending the Relay FM Meetup. Tickets required and they will go fast.
- LastPass is scrambling to fix another serious vulnerability - Macworld - If you use LastPass as your password manager make sure you’re patched. There have been a couple of flaws in the last two weeks that could allow a malicious website to steal user passwords.
- IFTTT now connects to the iOS Calendar and App Store - iMore - I’m a big fan of the IFTTT service, excited to see it getting more hooks into iOS and what creative uses people will come up with for these new extensions.
- David Pogue’s search for the world’s best air-travel app - This month my favorite travel app, FlightTrack Pro stopped working. David Pogue runs through a list of possible replacements.
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