There's a huge security flaw in WINRAR, that will enable hackers to take over your computer. So Leo advises that if you use WINRAR to zip/unzip your files, that you should update to the latest beta version. But you have to go to the WINRAR site and manually download the update. There is no automatic update.
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Accusing Apple of anti competitive behavior, Spotify's music streaming service says that the company charges a 30% commission for subscriptions through the Apple store, while charging 30% less for their own music service.
All three of Facebook's major services were down, or partially down, for about 24 hours this week. Facebook says it wasn't an attack, but a misconfiguring of their servers.
Leo bought the Samsung Galaxy S10+, a phone with 10TB of storage, 12GB of RAM, and a ceramic back. For $1500. Leo says it's a really nice phone. Reviews are mixed, but buyers seem to like it, with preorders doubling the last generation. Samsung has avoided "the notch," but instead, they have a "hole punch," which houses two selfie cameras. Is that any different than the notch? Not really. It's also nearly as big as the Note 9 and has the best screen on the market. But Leo says it's so fast that it's hyper-responsive. It reacts to being touched on the edge.
In a new announcement, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is moving towards a more privacy-focused experience, including encryption, private groups, and more. Zuckerberg admitted that Facebook doesn't have a reputation for security and privacy, and they plan to change all that. With sharing on Facebook going down by 25%, especially with younger users, Zuckerberg says that the social media network is going to move from a town square, to your own living room. It's a serious PIVOT.
Samsung recently announced the Samsung Galaxy Fold for nearly $2000, and now Huawei has a Mate X tri-fold mobile device for $2600!
Leo says that folding phones are a feature looking for a market. Do we really want a folding phone? Not at around $3,000. We want more screen real estate, sure. And really, the only way to get over 7" on a mobile device is to fold the screen. But Leo suspects they will break very easily as time goes on. Leo also says that Huawei's model is DOA since it's been banned from the US market due to spying concerns.
Not to be outdone by Samsung's near $2,000 folding smartphone, Huawei introduced an opposite-folding Android device, and listing it at just under $3,000! Leo says he wouldn't advise buying either of them, as it's unknown just how long that folding plastic screen will last.
Advertisers are abandoning YouTube after comments by pedophiles have been found on certain channels and video content. The content itself isn't questionable, per se, but bad guys are putting disgusting comments into videos featuring kids, and that is causing advertisers to pull out. YouTube has responded by taking down 400 channels and deleting millions of comments. Leo says that the YouTube comments feature has been horribly broken for years.
Backblaze, a backup company, attempts to determine the reliability of Solid-State Drives in their recent article. SSDs are generally faster than spinning drives, but some people aren't too confident in the endurance of their memory cells.
A propaganda app by the PRC Communist party is the number one app in China. Leo says it must be quite boring.