Apple hardware engineering chief Dan Riccio leaves role for “new project”

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Apple announced Tuesday that its longtime SVP of hardware engineering, Dan Riccio, will depart his current role and assume a new one focused entirely on a “new project.” Riccio had led hardware engineering since 2012. Prior to that role, he led iPad hardware engineering. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook in his new role.

John Ternus, who has held the title of vice president of hardware engineering since 2001, will step into Riccio’s prior role leading the hardware engineering team. Ternus has appeared in recent

Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR review: Better than Fossil?

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There are lots of hybrid smartwatches out there, but none quite like the Fossil Group’s lineup. I’m talking of course about 2020’s Fossil Hybrid HR. It uses a power-friendly e-ink display to provide smartwatch functions in a subtle way. Now, the company has brought the same technology to the Skagen brand with the Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR.

Skagen’s first Hybrid HR smartwatch is classy and innovative but still suffers from some lingering software issues. Read our full Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR review to find out if this is the right hybrid watch for you.

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“I can’t tell you how much vaccine we have,” new CDC head says

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Enlarge / A registered nurse practitioner holds up a sign and a flag asking for another patient to dose with the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine as well as a more vaccine doses at a vaccination site in Seattle, Washington on January 24, 2021.

With the country’s vaccine rollout in utter disorder, health officials in the Biden administration are cautiously trying to both manage expectations and express optimism.

In a series of interviews over the weekend, officials warned that states could face vaccine shortages in the short term, with some states’ supplies already running low—or completely running

Apple faces yet another lawsuit over throttling iPhones

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A consumer advocacy group in Europe has filed the latest lawsuit against Apple saying the company intentionally throttled older iPhones in Italy. First reported by TechCrunch, the potential class-action lawsuit seeks €60 million (roughly $73 million) in compensation — or about €60 per device — for owners of iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, and 6S Plus models sold in Italy between 2014 and 2020. Euroconsumers, an umbrella advocacy organization in the EU that includes Italy’s Altroconsumo, says the €60 compensation is the average amount consumers paid to replace their devices’ batteries.

“When consumers buy Apple iPhones, they expect sustainable

A curious observer’s guide to quantum mechanics, pt. 3: Rose colored glasses 

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One of the quietest revolutions of our current century has been the entry of quantum mechanics into our everyday technology. It used to be that quantum effects were confined to physics laboratories and delicate experiments. But modern technology increasingly relies on quantum mechanics for its basic operation, and the importance of quantum effects will only grow in the decades to come. As such, physicist Miguel F. Morales has taken on the herculean task of explaining quantum mechanics to the rest of us laymen in this seven-part series (no math, we promise). Below is the third

DDoSers are abusing Microsoft RDP to make attacks more powerful

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DDoS-for-hire services are abusing the Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol to increase the firepower of distributed denial-of-service attacks that paralyze websites and other online services, a security firm said this week.

Typically abbreviated as RDP, Remote Desktop Protocol is the underpinning for a Microsoft Windows feature that allows one device to log into another device over the Internet. RDP is mostly used by businesses to save employees the cost or hassle of having to be physically present when accessing a computer.

As is typical with many

Facebook says ‘configuration change’ caused some users to be logged out unexpectedly

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Facebook says some users were logged out of their accounts unexpectedly Friday due to a “configuration change,” and the issue has been fixed as of Saturday morning.

“On January 22, a configuration change caused some people to be logged out of their Facebook accounts. We investigated the issue and fixed it for everyone earlier today. We’re sorry for the inconvenience,” a Facebook company spokesperson said in an email to The Verge.

Moko Phone/Tablet Stand review: Amazingly affordable and functional

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Looking for the right smartphone or tablet stand? A quick Amazon search will present you with an onslaught of options made of different materials, offering varying features, and at a plethora of price points. How fancy does a stand have to be, though? If you want something that simply works for as little money as possible, the Moko Phone/Tablet Stand may be what you are looking for. We’ve been testing it for a couple of weeks, and we are here to tell you all about it.

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