b3podcast-logoThe Macbook Pro is upon us and Michael has his paws on one! We discuss some initial impressions with the specs, keyboard, Touch ID, Touch Bar, other touchy things, as well as if it’s suitable for a power user.

We also speak more on Twitter anti-bullying news, EA instates disclosure rules for YouTubers and Streamers in Germany, a USB dongle called PoisonTap that will ruin your life, Office Depot misleads people to sell more services, and Britain passes the most extreme surveillance law in a democracy to date.

Then we wrap up with our review of Tyranny, the story-rich RPG game developed by Obsidian.

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Show Notes

Social

Twitter – new anti-bullying, muting/blocking tools – https://blog.twitter.com/2016/progress-on-addressing-online-abuse

  • Twitter has long had a feature called “mute” which enables you to mute accounts you don’t want to see Tweets from. Now we’re expanding mute to where people need it the most: in notifications. We’re enabling you to mute keywords, phrases, and even entire conversations you don’t want to see notifications about, rolling out to everyone in the coming days. This is a feature we’ve heard many of you ask for, and we’re going to keep listening to make it better and more comprehensive over time.
  • We don’t expect these announcements to suddenly remove abusive conduct from Twitter. No single action by us would do that. Instead we commit to rapidly improving Twitter based on everything we observe and learn.
  • Thank you for choosing Twitter to amplify your voice to the world. We honor our role in protecting your right to speak freely, and our collective responsibility to human dignity.

Twitter – new QR codes for select accounts

http://phandroid.com/2016/11/17/twitter-account-qr-codes/

EA Instates new disclosure rules for YouTubers, Streamers, and “Influencers”; All content supported by EA will require specific hashtags and watermarks – http://www.keengamer.com/article/14938_ea-instates-new-disclosure-rules-for-influencers

Security

USB dongle that installs backdoor on locked or unlocked PCs

https://www.wired.com/2016/11/wickedly-clever-usb-stick-installs-backdoor-locked-pcs/#slide-2

  • Instead of exploiting any glaring security flaw in a single piece of software, PoisonTap pulls off its attack through a series of more subtle design issues that are present in virtually every operating system and web browser, making the attack that much harder to protect against.

Office Depot flagging fake viruses in order to sell services and meet sales goals

https://consumerist.com/2016/11/16/office-depot-allegedly-diagnosing-computers-with-nonexistent-viruses-to-meet-sales-goals/

  • Are these false flags from whatever scanning software they are using?

Britain has passed the “most extreme surveillance law ever passed in a democracy”

http://www.zdnet.com/article/snoopers-charter-expansive-new-spying-powers-becomes-law/

Mobile

Snapdragon 835 detailed, compared to 820 and 821

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Qualcomm-Snapdragon-835-vs-Snapdragon-821-and-SD820-heres-what-the-known-differences-are_id87909?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+phonearena%2FySoL+%28Phone+Arena+-+Latest+News%29

GAMING

Tyranny

  • Developed by Obsidian Entertainment and Published by Paradox Interactive.
  • Story
  • Battle System
  • Acts I & II are solid….III….doesn’t always feel like choices have drastic weight
  • Full written and video review going up.

Gears of War 4 Interview with The Coalition’s Assistant Producer is now live over at Military.com – http://undertheradar.military.com/2016/11/vet-jobs-building-gears-of-war-4/

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