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Netflix, Amazon, and Hollywood Studios Shut Down Dragon Box

The entertainment industry has shut down Dragon Media Inc.’s “Dragon Box” device, which connects to TVs and lets users watch video without a cable TV or streaming service subscription. According to Ars Technica, the company has “agreed to shut down the Dragon Box services and pay $14.5 million in damages to plaintiffs from the entertainment industry.” From the report: Dragon ... Read More »

Google Chrome To Get Warnings For ‘Lookalike URLs’

Google Chrome browser is set to add a feature that will warn users when accessing sites with domain names that look like authentic websites. From a report: The feature has been in the works for quite some time at Google and is a response to the practice of using typosquatted domains or IDN homograph attacks to lure users on websites ... Read More »

Google+ Reveals Shutdown Timeline For Consumers

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Android Police: Google announced its plans to sunset its Google+ social media network for consumers on a sour note in October. The platform, which has a small but dedicated user-base, decided to shut down following Google’s acknowledgement of a data exposure that affected up to 500,000 Google+ profiles. Shortly after, in December, the ... Read More »

YouTube Strikes Now Being Used As Scammers’ Extortion Tool

Scammers are reportedly using YouTube’s “three strike” system for extortion. “After filing two false claims against [YouTuber ObbyRaidz], scammers contacted him demanding cash to avoid a third — and the termination of his channel,” reports TorrentFreak. From the report: The YouTuber, who concentrates on Minecraft-related videos, reports that he’s received two bogus strikes on his account. While this is nothing ... Read More »

Apple is Planning 3D Cameras for Next Year’s iPhones; Three Rear Cameras Setup For This Year’s Phone; and Dark Mode for iOS 13: Report

Apple plans to launch iPhones with a more-powerful 3-D camera as soon as next year, stepping up the company’s push into augmented reality, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. From the report: The rear-facing, longer-range 3-D camera is designed to scan the environment to create three-dimensional reconstructions of the real world. It will work up to about 15 feet from the device, the ... Read More »