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How to drop a pin in Google Maps

Trying to give your friends directions somewhere, but can’t find the address in Google Maps? If you have an idea of the area, you can add a pin to Google Maps that you can save and get directions to. Here’s exactly how to do it.

The post How to drop a pin in Google Maps appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Apple WWDC could bring big iTunes change – CNET

A move to scrub iTunes social media accounts makes it seem all the more likely that the iconic product is about to be replaced.
Source: CNET

YouTuber gets 15 month prison sentence, $22,000 fine for toothpaste-filled Oreos

YouTube star Kanghua Ren was just handed a 15 month prison sentence and 20,000 euro ($22,300) fine for a January 2017 video.

The video, which generated widespread outrage online, found Ren giving a homeless man in Barcelona repackaged Oreo cookies filled with toothpaste.

“Maybe I’ve gone a bit far, but look at the positive side: This will help him clean his teeth,” the China-born YouTuber (then 19) known as ReSet said in the video. “I think he hasn’t cleaned them since he became poor.”

The 52-year-old man vomited after ingesting the cookies, later telling a paper that he had, “never been treated so poorly while living on the street.”

Ren was given the sentence on Friday, though The New York Times notes that he’ll likely not actually serve any time, given how nonviolent crimes are generally treated in Spanish court. In addition, his YouTube channel and various social media counts were also ordered shut down for five years.


Source: TechCrunch

Good Omens review: Devilish David Tennant a hell of a lot of fun – CNET

Amazon unites Tennant and Michael Sheen as it adapts Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s book.
Source: CNET

Where are all the biotech startups raising?

Where are all the biotechnology companies raising these days? We crunched some numbers to arrive at an answer.

Using funding rounds data from Crunchbase, we plotted the count of venture capital funding rounds raised by companies in the fairly expansive biotechnology category in Crunchbase. Click the chart below and you can hover over individual data points to see the number of venture rounds raised in a given metro area between the start of 2018 and late May 2019 (as of publication). Although there are biotechnology companies located throughout the world, we focused here on just the U.S.

USA_Biotech_2018-May2019

Unlike in the software-funding business, where New York City (and its surrounding area) ranks second in overall deal volume, the greater Boston metro area outranks the Big Apple in biotech venture deal volume. The SF Bay Area (which includes both San Francisco and the towns in Silicon Valley north and west of San Jose) outranks Boston in biotech deal volume, but, then again, it’s also a much larger geographic area with a higher density of startups overall.

The bio business model breeds big deals

Crunchbase News recently covered a $120 million round raised by immunotherapy upstart AlloVir. In the software business, a raise that large would be notable; however, in the business of biology, not so much.

Just for reference, the average Series B round raised by U.S. enterprise software startups between 2018 and May 2019 was about $22.7 million. The average Series B for biotech companies from that same time period: just about $40 million on the dot.

Spinning up a cluster of cells at a lab bench is costlier, harder to do and the outcomes of experiments are less certain than the results of implementing a new software framework. Add to that the tremendous cost of performing clinical trials and clearing regulatory hurdles — all before costly sales and marketing campaigns to get treatments in front of doctors and end users — and it’s easy to understand why many biotechnology companies need to raise so much money in the early stages of the startup cycle.


Source: TechCrunch

What is Wi-Fi Direct? Here’s everything you need to know

You may use it every day, but what is Wi-Fi Direct? This is an important peer-to-peer connection for your devices that doesn’t require a wireless network to use. Here’s how it works and how it helps out.

The post What is Wi-Fi Direct? Here’s everything you need to know appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Password expiration is dead, long live your passwords

May was a momentous month, which marked a victory for sanity and pragmatism over irrational paranoia. I’m obviously not talking about politics. I’m talking about Microsoft finally — finally! but credit to them for doing this nonetheless! — removing the password expiration policies from their Windows 10 security baseline.

Many enterprise-scale organizations (including TechCrunch’s owner Verizon) require their users to change their passwords regularly. This is a spectacularly counterproductive policy. To quote Microsoft:

Recent scientific research calls into question the value of many long-standing password-security practices such as password expiration policies, and points instead to better alternatives … If a password is never stolen, there’s no need to expire it. And if you have evidence that a password has been stolen, you would presumably act immediately rather than wait for expiration to fix the problem.

…If an organization has successfully implemented banned-password lists, multi-factor authentication, detection of password-guessing attacks, and detection of anomalous logon attempts, do they need any periodic password expiration? And if they haven’t implemented modern mitigations, how much protection will they really gain from password expiration? …Periodic password expiration is an ancient and obsolete mitigation of very low value

If you have a password at such an organization, I recommend you send that blog post to its system administrators. They will ignore you at first, of course, because that’s what enterprise administrators do, and because information security (like transportation security) is too often an irrational one-way ratchet because our culture of fear incentivizes security theater rather than actual security — but they may grudgingly begin to accept that the world has moved on.

Instead: Use a password manager like LastPass or 1Password. (They have viable free tiers! You really have no excuse.) Use it to eliminate or at least minimize password re-use across sites. Use two-factor authentication wherever possible. Yes, even SMS two-factor authentication, despite number-porting and SS7 attacks, because it’s still better than one-factor authentication.

And please, if you work with code or data repositories, stop checking your passwords and API keys into your repos. I’m the CTO of a consultancy and you would be amazed how many times clients come to us with this unfortunate setup. Repository access is not fine-grained, repos are very easily copied and/or their copies misplaced, and once you’ve checked in credentials they can be annoyingly tricky to truly delete. Using even something as simple as environment variables instead is a huge step up, and also makes your life simpler in many ways when working across multiple environments.

Perfect security doesn’t exist. World-class security is hard. But decent security is generally quite accessible, if you faithfully follow some basic rules. In order to do so, it’s best to keep those rules to a minimum, and get rid of the ones that don’t make sense. Password expiration is one of those. Goodbye to it, and good riddance.


Source: TechCrunch

Hybrid Ferraris! Flying Cars! And More Car News This Week

Plus: You can now pay for some NYC subway rides with your iPhone, but the system is about more than just fast taps.
Source: Wired

Trump's Response to Robert Mueller Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

The president had an interestingly-worded response to Robert Mueller’s press conference last week.
Source: Wired

Apple will probably kill off iTunes. But don’t worry, it’s for the best

Ahead of Apple’s annual and perennially anticipated WWDC, rumors are circulating that the company is set to announce the phaseout of one of its longest-running and most iconic pieces of software, the iTunes music player.

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Source: Digital trends

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