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Why Sleep Apnea Patients Rely On a Lone, DRM-Breaking CPAP Machine Hacker (slashdot)

Jason Koebler writes: "SleepyHead" is a free, open-source, and definitely not FDA-approved piece of software for sleep apnea patients that is the product of thousands of hours of hacking and development by a lone Australian developer named Mark Watkins, who has helped thousands of sleep apnea patients take back control of their treatment from overburdened and underinvested doctors. The software gives patients access to the sleep data that is already being generated by their CPAP machines but gen...
Tags: News, Fda, Jason Koebler, BeauHD, Mark Watkins


Why Sleep Apnea Patients Rely On a Lone, DRM-Breaking CPAP Machine Hacker

Jason Koebler writes: "SleepyHead" is a free, open-source, and definitely not FDA-approved piece of software for sleep apnea patients that is the product of thousands of hours of hacking and development by a lone Australian developer named Mark Watkins, who has helped thousands of sleep apnea patients take back control of their treatment from overburdened and underinvested doctors. The software gives patients access to the sleep data that is already being generated by their CPAP machines but gen...
Tags: Tech, Fda, Jason Koebler, Mark Watkins


New App Lets You 'Sue Anyone By Pressing a Button'

Jason Koebler writes: Do Not Pay, a free service that launched in the iOS App store today, uses artificial intelligence to help people win up to $25,000 in small claims court. It's the latest project from 21-year-old Stanford senior Joshua Browder, whose service previously allowed people to fight parking tickets or sue Equifax; now, the app has streamlined the process. It's the "first ever service to sue anyone (in all 3,000 counties in 50 states) by pressing a button." Read more of t...
Tags: Stanford, Tech, Equifax, Jason Koebler, Joshua Browder


A detailed anatomy of the hack that compromised Facebook's 50 million user breach

Yesterday, at least 90,000,000 Facebook users were forced to log back into the service without any explanation; later, the company revealed that at least 50,000,000 of them had been hacked, but wouldn't say how. In a detailed anatomy of the hack based on an explanation provided by Facebook vice president of product management Guy Rosen, Motherboard's Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai and Jason Koebler provide insight into the mechanics of the breach. The vulnerability was in Facebook's somew...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Post, News, Infosec, John, Rosen, Jason Koebler, Breaches, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, Jason Koebler Motherboard, DeleteFacebook, Access Tokens, View As, Rosen Motherboard


Did John Deere Just Swindle California's Farmers Out of Their Right to Repair?

An anonymous reader quotes a new Wired opinion piece by Kyle Wiens and Elizabeth Chamberlain from iFixit: A big California farmers' lobbying group just blithely signed away farmers' right to access or modify the source code of any farm equipment software. As an organization representing 2.5 million California agriculture jobs, the California Farm Bureau gave up the right to purchase repair parts without going through a dealer. Farmers can't change engine settings, can't retrofit old equipment wi...
Tags: California, Tech, Farm Bureau, John Deere, Jason Koebler, Kyle Wiens, California Farm Bureau, Elizabeth Chamberlain


Your life will be better if you turn off push notifications (and all notifications)

Motherboard editor Jason Koebler thinks you should turn off push notifications and boy, do I agree: I have had notifications turned off on everything except SMS, Twitter DMs and Signal messages for years, and I have trained all the people who can send me messages using those protocols that the only time to send me a message over them is when something is extremely time-sensitive. I check in on everything else (email, Twitter mentions, etc) several times a day, but I don't have anything, on any...
Tags: Mobile, Post, News, Mindfulness, Signal, Jason Koebler, Interruption Ecology


Farmer Lobbying Group Sells Out Farmers, Helps Enshrine John Deere's Tractor Repair Monopoly

Jason Koebler writes: The California Farm Bureau, a group that lobbies on behalf of farmers, reached a "right to repair" agreement with the Equipment Dealers Association (which represents John Deere and other manufacturers) last week. But the specifics of the agreement were written by the manufacturers, and falls far short of providing the types of change that would be needed to make repairing tractors easier. In fact, the agreement makes the same concessions that the Equipment Dealers Associati...
Tags: Tech, John Deere, Jason Koebler, California Farm Bureau, Equipment Dealers Association


Verizon Didn't Bother To Write a Privacy Policy For Its 'Privacy Protecting' VPN

Jason Koebler writes: Verizon is rolling out a new Virtual Private Network service called Safe Wi-Fi it developed in conjunction with McAfee. According to Verizon, the $4 per month service "protects your privacy and blocks ad tracking, creating a secure Wi-Fi connection anywhere in the world." But the company didn't even write a privacy policy for the product: Verizon's terms of service directs all of its VPN users to the general McAfee privacy policy governing all of its products. That policy, ...
Tags: Verizon, Mac, Tech, Vpn, McAfee, Jason Koebler


Review of a disarmingly convincing $100 counterfeit iPhone X

Jason Koebler and Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai received a $100 iPhone X from China and marveled at how convincing the top-to-bottom, software-to-hardware bootleggery is. iOS is recreated down to the pixel as an Android skin; only the sluggish performance, on-screen keyboard give the game away. Even many of the apps are nearly perfect, though once they run into the bad ones, it's immediately clear what is at hand. And how very bad some of them are... Evans also found “plenty of evidence” of a “...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Post, News, China, Mistakes, Evans, Fakes, Jason Koebler, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, IMEI MAC


Apple Sued an Independent iPhone Repair Shop Owner and Lost

Jason Koebler, reporting for Motherboard: Last year, Apple's lawyers sent Henrik Huseby, the owner of a small electronics repair shop in Norway, a letter demanding that he immediately stop using aftermarket iPhone screens at his repair business and that he pay the company a settlement. Norway's customs officials had seized a shipment of 63 iPhone 6 and 6S replacement screens on their way to Henrik's shop from Asia and alerted Apple; the company said they were counterfeit. Apple threatened to tak...
Tags: Apple, Asia, Tech, Norway, Henrik, Jason Koebler, Huseby, Henrik Huseby, Frank Jorgensen


California Becomes 18th State To Consider Right To Repair Legislation

Jason Koebler shares a report from Motherboard: The right to repair battle has come to Silicon Valley's home state: Wednesday, a state assembly member announced that California would become the 18th state in the country to consider legislation that would make it easier to repair your electronics. "The Right to Repair Act will provide consumers with the freedom to have their electronic products and appliances fixed by a repair shop or service provider of their choice, a practice that was taken fo...
Tags: California, Tech, Stockton, Silicon Valley, Jason Koebler, Susan Talamantes Engman


Key iPhone Source Code Gets Posted On GitHub (slashdot)

Jason Koebler shares a report from Motherboard: An anonymous person posted what experts say is the source code for a core component of the iPhone's operating system on GitHub, which could pave the way for hackers and security researchers to find vulnerabilities in iOS and make iPhone jailbreaks easier to achieve. The code is for "iBoot," which is the part of iOS that is responsible for ensuring a trusted boot of the operating system. It's the program that loads iOS, the very first process that r...
Tags: Apple, News, Levin, Jason Koebler, Mac OSX, BeauHD, Jonathan Levin


Key iPhone Source Code Gets Posted On GitHub

Jason Koebler shares a report from Motherboard: An anonymous person posted what experts say is the source code for a core component of the iPhone's operating system on GitHub, which could pave the way for hackers and security researchers to find vulnerabilities in iOS and make iPhone jailbreaks easier to achieve. The code is for "iBoot," which is the part of iOS that is responsible for ensuring a trusted boot of the operating system. It's the program that loads iOS, the very first process that r...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Levin, Jason Koebler, Mac OSX, Jonathan Levin


Washington Bill Makes It Illegal To Sell Gadgets Without Replaceable Batteries

Jason Koebler writes: A bill that would make it easier to fix your electronics is rapidly hurtling through the Washington state legislature. The bill's ascent is fueled by Apple's iPhone-throttling controversy, which has placed a renewed focus on the fact that our electronics have become increasingly difficult to repair. Starting in 2019, the bill would ban the sale of electronics that are designed "in such a way as to prevent reasonable diagnostic or repair functions by an independent repair pr...
Tags: Apple, Washington, Tech, Jason Koebler, Washington Bill


More Than 750 American Communities Have Built Their Own Internet Networks

Jason Koebler shares a report from Motherboard: According to a freshly updated map of community-owned networks, more than 750 communities across the United States have embraced operating their own broadband network, are served by local rural electric cooperatives, or have made at least some portion of a local fiber network publicly available. The map was created by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a nonprofit that advocates for local economies. The Institute's latest update indicates that ...
Tags: Tech, United States, Institute, Jason Koebler, Institute for Local Self Reliance


Apple's iPhone Throttling Will Reinvigorate the Push for Right To Repair Laws

Jason Koebler, writing for Motherboard: The news that Apple throttles iPhones that have old batteries will reinvigorate the right to repair debate as the movement enters a crucial year. Third party repair shops say they've already seen an uptick in customers asking for battery replacements to speed up their slow phones, and right to repair activists who are pushing for state legislation that will make third party and self repair more accessible say Apple's secrecy about this behavior will give t...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Apple Store, Jason Koebler, Gay Gordon Byrne


Vice Media has a clever plan for the end of net neutrality — it's building a renegade community-owned internet service

Vice's Motherboard is attempting to build its own community-based internet network in hopes of inspiring a nationwide grassroots movement. Motherboard will begin building their community-owned internet network sometime next year.  Vice Media isn't just grumbling about the FCC's move to kill net neutrality, it's doing something about it. Motherboard, the tech and science website owned by Vice, is building a community-owned internet network in its Brooklyn home turf. And it's documenting the p...
Tags: New York, Fcc, Obama, France, US, Trends, Brooklyn, Detroit, Bushwick, Williamsburg, Jason Koebler, Koebler, Business Insider Telecom, East River Koebler, Koebler Motherboard


Motherboard and VICE Are Building a Community Internet Network

In order to preserve net neutrality and the free and open internet, we must end our reliance on monopolistic corporations and build something fundamentally different: internet infrastructure that is locally owned and operated and is dedicated to serving the people who connect to it, writes Jason Koebler, editor-in-chief of Vice's Motherboard news outlet. He writes: The good news is a better internet infrastructure is possible: Small communities, nonprofits, and startup companies around the Unite...
Tags: Tech, Brooklyn, United States, Jason Koebler


'Nature' Editorial Juxtaposes FOIA Email Release With Illegal Hacking

Jason Koebler and Sarah Emerson, reporting for Motherboard: Private emails between scientists working on a controversial genetic technology called "gene drive" were released last week. Obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, their publication has been criticized by some as an attempt to discredit the science community. Gene drives are a genetic engineering approach with huge implications. They're meant to seed genetic traits -- one that stops mosquitoes from carrying malari...
Tags: US, Tech, Darpa, Gene, Jason Koebler, Sarah Emerson, United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity


To Save Net Neutrality, We Must Build Our Own Internet

In light of reports that FCC plans to announce a full repeal of net neutrality protections later this week, Jason Koebler, editor-in-chief of Motherboard, suggests that it is time we cut our reliance on big telecom monopolies. He writes: Net neutrality as a principle of the federal government will soon be dead, but the protections are wildly popular among the American people and are integral to the internet as we know it. Rather than putting such a core tenet of the internet in the hands of poli...
Tags: Fcc, Tech, United States, Jason Koebler


Latest iOS Update Shows Apple Can Use Software To Break Phones Repaired By Independent Shops

The latest version of iOS fixes several bugs, including one that caused a loss of touch functionality on a small subset of phones that had been repaired with certain third-party screens and had been updated to iOS 11. "Addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 6S displays because they were not serviced with genuine Apple parts," the update reads. "Note: Non-genuine replacement displays may have compromised visual quality and may fail to work correctly. Apple-certified ...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Jason Koebler


Apple: iPhones Are Too 'Complex' To Allow Unauthorized Repair (slashdot)

Jason Koebler writes: Apple's top environmental officer made the company's most extensive statements about the repairability of Apple hardware on Tuesday: "Our first thought is, 'You don't need to repair this.' When you do, we want the repair to be fairly priced and accessible to you," Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of policy and social initiatives said at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco. "To think about these very complex products and say the answer to all our problems is that you sho...
Tags: Apple, News, San Francisco, Jason Koebler, Lisa Jackson Apple, BeauHD


Apple: iPhones Are Too 'Complex' To Allow Unauthorized Repair

Jason Koebler writes: Apple's top environmental officer made the company's most extensive statements about the repairability of Apple hardware on Tuesday: "Our first thought is, 'You don't need to repair this.' When you do, we want the repair to be fairly priced and accessible to you," Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of policy and social initiatives said at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco. "To think about these very complex products and say the answer to all our problems is that you sho...
Tags: Apple, San Francisco, Tech, Jason Koebler, Lisa Jackson Apple


The iPhone Is Guaranteed To Last Only One Year, Apple Argues In Court

Reader Jason Koebler writes: Last month, Greg Joswiak, Apple's VP of iOS, iPad, and iPhone Marketing, told Buzzfeed that iPhones are "the highest quality and most durable devices. We do this because it's better for the customer, for the iPhone, and for the planet."But in a class-action court case over the widespread premature failure of tens of thousands of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices, Apple argues that the company cannot guarantee any iPhone for more than a year. In a motion to dismiss, ...
Tags: Apple, Buzzfeed, Tech, Jason Koebler, Greg Joswiak


Physicists Have Created the Brightest Light Ever Recorded (slashdot)

Jason Koebler writes: A group of physicists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Extreme Light Laboratory announced Monday that they have created the brightest light ever produced on Earth using Diocles, one of the most powerful lasers in the United States. When this high intensity laser pulse, which is one billion times brighter than the surface of the sun, strikes the electron, it causes it to behave differently. By firing this laser at individual electrons, the researchers found that past ...
Tags: News, Earth, United States, Jason Koebler, BeauHD, Umstadter


Physicists Have Created the Brightest Light Ever Recorded

Jason Koebler writes: A group of physicists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Extreme Light Laboratory announced Monday that they have created the brightest light ever produced on Earth using Diocles, one of the most powerful lasers in the United States. When this high intensity laser pulse, which is one billion times brighter than the surface of the sun, strikes the electron, it causes it to behave differently. By firing this laser at individual electrons, the researchers found that past ...
Tags: Tech, Earth, United States, Jason Koebler, Umstadter


The Right To Repair Movement Is Forcing Apple To Change

The executive director of Repair.org says Apple has "decided to be nicer to consumers in order to stop them from demanding their right to repair," according to Motherboard. Slashdot reader Jason Koebler shared this article: It's increasingly looking like Apple can no longer ignore the repair insurgency that's been brewing: The right to repair movement is winning, and Apple's behavior is changing. In the last few months, Apple has made political, design, and customer service decisions that sugge...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Jason Koebler


Oregon Man Fined For Writing 'I Am An Engineer' Temporarily Wins Right To Call Himself An 'Engineer'

Mats Jarlstrom, an electrical engineer fined by the Oregon engineering board for calling himself an "engineer" and talking about traffic lights, has been granted the temporary right by a judge to both publicly call himself an "engineer" and talk about traffic lights. Jason Koebler reports via Motherboard: Last month, Jarlstrom sued the engineering board for violating his First Amendment rights, and Tuesday a federal judge gave Jarlstrom the temporary right to call himself an engineer, pending th...
Tags: Oregon, Tech, Jason Koebler, Anna Brown, Jarlstrom, Mats Jarlstrom


Opera: a good browser alternative to Google Chrome

NevilleHobson.com Opera: a good browser alternative to Google Chrome For much of the past decade, I’ve been a champion of Google Chrome. It’s been my browser of choice not only on the PC and Mac desktops but also across all my Android mobile devices. I’ve now switched to a different browser, and the switch may well be long-term if not permanent. That browser is Opera, a browser I first tried in 2006 on a Nokia phone, but a thoroughly modern product today that mirrors much of what Google Chrome...
Tags: Apple, Google Chrome, Google, UK, Nokia, Trends, Communication, Blogging, Web, Software, Experiences, Vpn, Opera, Mary Meeker, Ad Blocking, Contextual Related Posts First


Should You Leave Google Chrome For the Opera Browser?

mspohr shares a report written by Jason Koebler via Motherboard who makes the case for why you should break up with Chrome and switch to the Opera browser: Over the last few years, I have grown endlessly frustrated with Chrome's resource management, especially on MacOS. Admittedly, I open too many tabs, but I'd wager that a lot of you do, too. With Chrome, my computer crawls to complete unusability multiple times a day. After one too many times of having to go into Activity Monitor to find that ...
Tags: Firefox, Google, Tech, Vpn, Slashdot, Jason Koebler, Jan Standal