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Tech News Roundup 05/03/18

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Here is today’s tech news roundup for May 3rd, 2018

Twitter advising all 330 million users to change passwords after bug exposed them in plain text

Twitter is advising that all of its 330 million users change their passwords after a bug exposed them in plain text. The company claims that there’s no evidence that any breach or misuse of the unmasked passwords occurred, but it recommends changing passwords anyway to be safe.

Sickened NY Man Says Apple Watch Saved His Life

The growing obsession with self-medical monitoring devices could actually pay off in unexpected ways. Just ask New York resident William Monzidelis, whose life was saved in part thanks to a notification from his Apple Watch. The 32-year-old Monzidelis was working at his family bowling alley business, Bowlerland, on April 3, when he became dizzy and went to the bathroom, where he started bleeding.

Twitter Approved an Ad Pretending to Be Twitter

On Monday, while taking an early morning scroll through Twitter, I noticed a peculiar ad that seemed perfectly tailored to me, an unverified journalist who has tried to get verified, but gave up because Twitter temporarily suspended its verification program -with good reason, considering the heat it took for verifying a white nationalist-last fall.

Pocket Casts acquired by NPR, other public radio stations, and This American Life

Pocket Casts, widely considered to be one of the best mobile apps for podcast listening, has been acquired by a collective group that includes NPR, WNYC Studios, WBEZ Chicago, and This American Life .

Google’s Advanced Protection program now allows access from Apple’s mobile apps, too

Last October, Google launched its Advanced Protection Program for users who want to ensure the highest degree of protection for the data they store in services like Gmail, Google Calendar and Drive.

Google Assistant hits 5,000 smart home partners, adds Dish, Logitech

With Google’s developer conference right around the corner, the search giant wants you to know that its digital assistant is quite proficient at controlling the smart home. The Google Assistant built into your Android phone and your Google Home smart speaker can now control more than 5,000 smart devices.

The Nokia 6.1 launches in the US for $269

HMD has announced that the Nokia 6.1 smartphone is now officially available in the US for $269. This device was originally announced for other territories as the Nokia 6 (2018) in January, but somewhere along the line it got a name change.

The Trump administration is pushing hard for smartphone backdoors

The encryption that secures your phone doesn’t come with a backup key. That may make you nervous if you’re prone to forgetting your passcodes – but it makes many law-enforcement and national-security types even more anxious when they contemplate permanently losing access to valuable evidence.

The Systems That Control Water and Power Plants Are Shockingly Vulnerable to Hackers, Study Finds

A disturbingly high percentage of industrial control systems (ICS)-the technology used to manage everything from water treatment plants to the International Space Station-are eminently vulnerable to malicious hackers, according to tests performed by a leading global security firm. Positive Technologies reported on Thursday that its researchers were able to penetrate 73 percent of industrial organizations.

Huge price cut for students: Photoshop and the rest of Adobe software for $5 a year

You may think of Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects as expensive professional tools for photographers and video editors, but Adobe Systems wants them to be what your kid sees when flipping open the laptop lid at school. Adobe will offer K-12 schools its full suite of Creative Cloud software for $5 per student per year, starting May 15, it said Thursday.

HTC will launch its next Android flagship on May 23rd

HTC’s smartphone division isn’t dead yet. Freshly tweeted this morning, we now have a launch date for HTC’s next major Android release, which is almost certain to be the HTC U12 that has already made a couple of early appearances.

Xiaomi picks Hong Kong for what’s probably 2018’s biggest IPO

Xiaomi’s 2017 sales jumped by two-thirds to 114.6 billion yuan, while operating profit tripled and adjusted net profit soared from a year earlier

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