FTC warns of new Apple support call scam

Scammers are once again using the biggest names in tech to pry personal information from unsuspecting consumers, with the latest gambit involving fake calls from Apple support.

Flagged by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday, scammers are invoking robocalling techniques to glean credit card numbers, account passwords and other sensitive data from Apple and Amazon customers.

The scamming effort is detailed in a blog post that warns consumers of suspicious calls claiming to be from Apple or Amazon support services. Both ask users to follow prompts that ultimately divulge personal information.

In the case of Apple, call recipients are informed of supposedly suspicious iCloud account activity or an outright breach. Fake calls from Amazon are similarly worded, claiming a user’s account shows suspicious purchase activity, a lost package, or problems with a recent order, the FTC says.

Robocalls are forwarded to “customer support” personnel with user

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STRAX: Collaboration with 4ocean to support the development and manufacturing of 4ocean signature iPhone cases | News

STOCKHOLM, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — STRAX is pleased to announce a collaboration with 4ocean, a purpose driven business with the mission to end the ocean plastic crisis and support the development and manufacturing of their new 4ocean Signature iPhone cases made from 4ocean Plastic™. As a part of the development process STRAX supported the material development, testing and optimization for manufacturing, design, and fulfilment of the new 4ocean Signature iPhone Case in the USA. STRAX, an environmentally conscious organization, is concerned by the size of the challenge our oceans face from plastic waste and is happy to be part of the solution by partnering with 4ocean.  Being an expert in the field of mobile accessories STRAX was able to leverage their global R&D resource and market specific knowledge to add value to 4ocean.

“We are very pleased to have been selected as the development partner of 4ocean

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“Powerful and inspiring”: Elliot Page receives support and gratitude on social media after announcing he’s trans

After Elliot Page announced on Tuesday that he is transgender, celebrities and fans took to social media to show support for the actor, whom many called brave. Page, the Oscar-nominated actor known for roles in “Juno” and Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy,” wrote in a long Instagram post that he felt “overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey.”

“So happy for and inspired by you, Elliot,” comedian Ilana Glazer commented on Page’s Instagram post. 

“So proud of our superhero!! WE LOVE YOU ELLIOT!!!” said the account for “The Umbrella Academy.”

“Elliot rules!” Miley Cyrus wrote.

Page’s wife, Emma Portner, a dancer and choreographer, reposted Page’s moving message on Instagram, writing in the caption that she is “so proud.”

“Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world,” Portner wrote. “I also ask for patience & privacy but that you join me in the

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Rotational Action Accelerates but Stimulus Hopes Provide Support

The indexes managed to stay in positive territory all day, but selling picked up later and there was some stronger rotation out of the recent momentum favorites and back into the big-cap growth names.

Special purpose acquisition companies, electric vehicles, cannabis, bitcoin, oil, solar, and other recent leaders were choppy, while the FATMAAN tech names, semiconductors, and software experienced some positive rotation.

This constant rotation allows individual stocks to correct, while the indexes continue to trend higher. It requires more active trading, but it is good for stock pickers that stay focused on which sectors are performing best.

Much of the market could use a rest and a rotation is a good way to do it. It can be deceptive as it is easy to be caught in the wrong names when it takes place, but if you stay focused on managing trades, it won’t do too much damage.


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Microsoft Teams will no longer support Internet Explorer 11

Teams is no longer supported by IE11 as Microsoft phases out its legacy web browser.


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Microsoft Teams

will no longer work on Internet Explorer 11 from today as Microsoft begins the sunset of its legacy web browsers.

Microsoft announced in August this year that Microsoft 365 apps would slowly lose support for IE11 and the legacy Microsoft Edge browser to make was for the faster, leaner and more secure Chromium-based Edge.

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As per
its August announcement,

today (November 30) marks the day that Microsoft Teams stops supporting IE11. So, if you’ve not been able to log into Teams today via Internet Explorer, now you know why.

Teams isn’t the only app that will eventually stop working with IE11. As of 17 August 2021, the

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Microsoft ends support for Teams on Internet Explorer 11

Microsoft Teams will stop working for the users of Internet Explorer 11 from November 30.

The Microsoft Teams web app will no longer support IE 11. Users who have been using IE 11 will have to move to Microsoft Edge to be able to use it on the browser.

This is part of Microsoft’s push to move users to Microsoft Edge from Internet Explorer.

Microsoft had made the announcement earlier this year. Furthermore, beginning August 17, 2021, the remaining Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support IE 11 as well.

“This means that after the above dates, customers will have a degraded experience or will be unable to connect to Microsoft 365 apps and services on IE 11. For degraded experiences, new Microsoft 365 features will not be available or certain features may cease to work when accessing the app or service via IE 11,” Microsoft had said

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Yale ranks #124 for best global universities in computer science, faculty comment on lack of institutional support

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Just over four years since Yale University President Peter Salovey first said that the University would make up ground in the sciences, 2021 U.S. News rankings have placed the computer science department at Yale as 124th in the world.

The University is currently ranked #11 in overall best global universities according to U.S. News, but its standing in computer science is far lower. The ranking is based on the department’s research performance. 

Within the past 10 years, the number of CS majors at Yale has grown ten-fold, and the program is now the third most popular undergraduate major. But for more than 20 years, the number of faculty in the department did not increase significantly, even as the field has gained popularity. The hiring process is also crippled by subpar facilities, seven faculty who spoke to the News said, and Yale’s science priorities initially placed computer

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Early Docker build demonstrates incoming Apple Silicon support

The virtualization software Docker is getting closer to being usable by developers on an Apple Silicon Mac, with an early version of the tool confirmed as being able to run on the new chip architecture.

Mentioned in Apple’s launch of its Apple Silicon Mac lineup, Docker has yet to fully make the transition from being usable on Intel Macs to versions using M1. In a tweet, it seems the work to make the transition is making progress.

Docker VP of engineering Jean-Laurent Morlhorn shared a post on Twitter by developer Dave Scott, showing a version of Docker that is working on an M1 Mac. In commenting on the screenshot, Morlhorn adds it is a “super early version of Docker Desktop running on Apple Silicon.”

While the post is a good sign for users of the tool, it doesn’t mean it will be released imminently with Apple Silicon

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Roadside Attractions – A Startup’s Plan To Support Britain’s Green Car Revolution

Petrol driven cars are set to disappear from Britain’s roads rather sooner than expected. Under the government’s updated “Green Industrial Revolution” plan, every new car sold from 2030 onwards must be either electric or an approved hybrid. This replaces a previous deadline of 2040.   


All except the most hardened climate change skeptics will see this as a good thing, but a rapid transition to battery-powered mobility does pose certain short-term problems, not least in terms of providing a workable and user-friendly charging infrastructure.  

As things stand, even a rapid charging point will take around thirty minutes to pump up a battery from empty to full. Arguably that’s not too bad, but it compares unfavorably with the two or three minutes required to fill a petrol tank. Yes, you’re helping to save the planet but a half-hour wait is less than convenient.  

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VMware Gets Wary Support From Analysts on Third-Quarter Results

Several analysts gave guarded praise to VMware  (VMW) – Get Report Wednesday after the cloud-computing company beat Wall Street’s third-quarter earnings expectations .

Shares of the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company, which is a subsidiary of Dell Technologies  (DELL) – Get Report, were down 2.62% to $146.63 in pre-market trading.

VMware reported net income of $704 million, or $1.66 per share, up from $602 million, or $1.42 per share a year ago. FactSet’s consensus called for earnings of $1.44 per share.

The combination of subscription and Software as a Service (SaaS) and license revenue came to $1.32 billion, an increase of 10% from a year ago. 

“The star of the show was the bottom-line performance as tighter expense controls led to a massive beat,” wrote Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives, who maintains an outperform rating with a $175 price target, “which we believe is sustainable for the

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