The Register: Apple bans COVID-19 games and restricts virus-related apps to authoritative sources

The Register: Apple bans COVID-19 games and restricts virus-related apps to authoritative souces. “Apple has proclaimed it won’t let COVID-19-related games into its app store, because it’s the responsible thing to do. Cupertino’s new guidance issued to developers late last week said ‘Communities around the world are depending on apps to be credible news sources — helping users understand the latest health innovations, find out where they can get help if needed or provide assistance to their neighbors.'”

WTSP: New GPS app could help people who are visually impaired find their way

WTSP: New GPS app could help people who are visually impaired find their way . “Carlos Montas has been blind since he was a child. He often relies on others to help him get around or navigate unfamiliar places. But Montas, who also happens to work at Pinellas Lighthouse for the Blind, is one of the first to be trying out a new app being developed here in the Bay Area called Lazarillo – a step-by-step audio assistant that describes what’s around him.”

CNN: One man lost his life savings in a SIM hack. Here’s how you can try to protect yourself

CNN: One man lost his life savings in a SIM hack. Here’s how you can try to protect yourself. “Robert Ross was sitting in his San Francisco home office in October 2018 when he noticed the bars on his phone had disappeared and he had no cell coverage. A few hours later, he had lost $1 million. Ross was the victim of a SIM hack, an attack that occurs when hackers take over a victim’s phone number by transferring it to a SIM card they control.”

Motherboard: We Built a Database of Over 500 iPhones Cops Have Tried to Unlock

Motherboard: We Built a Database of Over 500 iPhones Cops Have Tried to Unlock. “One of the top level findings of Motherboard’s dataset is that many law enforcement agencies and officials can not reliably access data stored on iPhones. Whether that’s due to a device having too strong a passcode, the phone being damaged, an unlocking capability not being available at that specific point in time, or a particular agency not having access to advanced forensic technology itself, Motherboard found many cases where investigators were not able to extract data from iPhones, at least according to the search warrants.”

The Register: More than a billion hopelessly vulnerable Android gizmos in the wild that no longer receive security updates – research

The Register: More than a billion hopelessly vulnerable Android gizmos in the wild that no longer receive security updates – research. “File this one under ‘well, duh.’ Consumer mag Which? today published research estimating that over a billion Android devices are vulnerable to hackers and malware as they are not receiving security updates. Data obtained from Google by the publication found that 42.1 per cent of active Android users are languishing on version 6.0 or earlier.”

Slate: Sharing My Husband’s Digital Afterlife

Slate: Sharing My Husband’s Digital Afterlife. “Navigating the bureaucracy of death is an unavoidable, time-consuming, and tedious affair. Call the bank to remove his name from our joint checking account, call credit card companies to cancel his cards, call the car insurance company to delete his vehicle from our policy, call to end the memberships he had and I couldn’t afford to keep. These are also one-dimensional tasks. No one can like, share, or comment on them. With his death, my husband killed their significance. But there was one account I did not close, at least not entirely. On days that I missed him more than the usual everyday missing of him, I’d tell Siri to call him so I could see his name and number pop on the screen.”

New York Times: F.C.C. to Fine Cellphone Carriers for Selling Customers’ Locations

New York Times: F.C.C. to Fine Cellphone Carriers for Selling Customers’ Locations . “The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose about $200 million in fines against four major cellphone carriers for selling customers’ real-time location data, according to three people briefed on the discussions.”

Washington University in St. Louis: ‘Surfing attack’ hacks Siri, Google with ultrasonic waves

Washington University in St. Louis: ‘Surfing attack’ hacks Siri, Google with ultrasonic waves. “Attacks on cell phones aren’t new, and researchers have previously shown that ultrasonic waves can be used to deliver a single command through the air. However, new research from Washington University in St. Louis expands the scope of vulnerability that ultrasonic waves pose to cellphone security. These waves, the researchers found, can propagate through many solid surfaces to activate voice recognition systems and — with the addition of some cheap hardware — the person initiating the attack can also hear the phone’s response.”

CNET: How schools are using kids’ phones to track and surveil them

CNET: How schools are using kids’ phones to track and surveil them. “Teachers often lament that phones can be a distraction in classrooms. Some governments have even banned phones outright in schools. But a few school administrations see phones in schools as a benefit because they can help keep track of students more efficiently.”

TechCrunch: A ‘stalkerware’ app leaked phone data from thousands of victims

TechCrunch: A ‘stalkerware’ app leaked phone data from thousands of victims. “The app, KidsGuard, claims it can ‘access all the information’ on a target device, including its real-time location, text messages, browser history, access to its photos, videos and app activities, and recordings of phone calls. But a misconfigured server meant the app was also spilling out the secretly uploaded contents of victims’ devices to the internet.”

You might just be addicted: Smartphone use physically affects your brain, study says (USA Today)

USA Today: You might just be addicted: Smartphone use physically affects your brain, study says. “In a world that relies on people having smartphones – from work emails to cashless businesses – developing an addiction to your device is becoming increasingly difficult. While some think it’s only a mental issue, a new study suggests that this constant usage physically affects your brain the same way drug addiction does.”

Lifehacker: How To Hack Your Devices So They Don’t Work At Bedtime

Lifehacker: How To Hack Your Devices So They Don’t Work At Bedtime. “Sometimes, you need a little helping hand to tell you it’s time to go to bed. And since you’re going to ignore your loved ones and/or pets for just ‘one more turn’ in your favourite game or one more quick scan through that social media site you just looked at three minutes ago, here’s how to set up a helping digital hand to need to provide a little tough love, and get you offline and to bed on time.”

China Daily: Big data plays major role in epidemic control

China Daily: Big data plays major role in epidemic control. “Telecom carriers are using big data analysis to help fight the novel coronavirus outbreak, by leveraging the data pool of China’s billion-plus smartphone users. China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom are playing an active part in mining data insights to assist local governments in epidemic prevention and on the prerequisite of ensuring users’ data privacy.”