Unlock your Mac with an Apple Watch

Mac’s security is great, but sometimes it can become a pain re-typing a password each time you want to login. Fortunately, Apple has added a way to unlock any newer Mac with an Apple Watch.  To use it, you have to turn on two-factor Authentication on both the iPhone and Mac. Here’s how to set it up:   On Mac: Go to System Preference > iCloud > Account Details. If prompted, enter your iCloud Password. Click the Security Tab. Click on Set Up Two Factor Authentication. Click on Security & Privacy. The last option should say Unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch. Put a Check Mark next to Click Here to Read more

HBO offered $250,000 to hackers in bid to delay data release

(Reuters) – Time Warner Inc’s (TWX.N) HBO network last month offered $250,000 to cyber criminals who hacked into its computer system, asking them to extend a deadline for paying a much larger ransom, according to an email reviewed by Reuters. “You have the advantage of having surprised us,” a member of HBO’s technology team said in the July 27 email. “In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week.” The attack came at a sensitive time for HBO: Parent Time Warner is seeking regulatory approval to sell itself to AT&T Inc (T.N) Click Here to Read more

Snap shares hit record low as user growth miss unnerves investors

(Reuters) – Snap Inc’s (SNAP.N) shares fell more than 14 percent to hit a record low on Friday morning after messaging app Snapchat’s daily active user growth missed expectations for the second quarter in a row. Snapchat’s second-quarter daily active users rose 21 percent to 173 million from an year earlier, falling short of the 175.2 million expected by analysts, according to financial data analytics firm FactSet. In comparison, Snapchat’s main rival Instagram Stories, where users and businesses can post a string of photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours, had more than 250 million users as of Aug. Click Here to Read more

Netflix says in discussions with Disney over Marvel, ‘Star Wars’ films

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) is in “active discussions” with Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) about keeping Marvel and “Star Wars” films after 2019 when new Disney and Pixar movies will stop appearing on the streaming service, a senior Netflix executive said on Thursday. Disney announced on Tuesday that it was pulling new Disney and Pixar films from Netflix starting with its new releases in 2019 and will put the movies on a new Disney-branded online service. Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger told analysts the company had not yet decided where it would distribute superhero films from Marvel Studios Click Here to Read more

China investigates top local social media sites in push to control content

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is investigating its top social media sites, including WeChat and Weibo, for failing to comply with cyber laws, the latest step in the country’s push to secure the internet and maintain strict Communist Party control over content. President Xi Jinping has made China’s “cyber sovereignty” a top priority and has also reasserted the ruling party’s role in limiting and guiding online discussion. Surveillance is being further tightened ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party later this year, when global attention will be on news coming from the world’s No.2 economy. Apart from Tencent Click Here to Read more

Uber investor sues to force former CEO Kalanick off board

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Venture capital firm Benchmark Capital is suing former Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick to force him off the board of the ride-services company and rescind his ability to fill three board seats, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit filed Thursday accuses Kalanick of concealing a range of misdeeds from the board and scheming to retain power at the company even after he was forced to resign as chief executive of Uber Technologies Inc in June following a series of scandals. (Lawsuit: tmsnrt.rs/2hPzxYj) The company is currently seeking a new CEO, a search that has proved Click Here to Read more

Exclusive: Amazon in talks to offer event ticketing in U.S.- sources

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) is seeking to partner with U.S. venue owners to sell event tickets, four sources have told Reuters, a move that could loosen Ticketmaster’s powerful grip on the lucrative ticketing business. If Amazon moves ahead, it would represent the latest attempt by the world’s largest online retailer to use its massive customer base, tech savvy and bargaining power to shake up a big market. The Seattle-based company sees the U.S. ticketing market as ripe for attack. Consumers dislike ticket fees, and venue owners, sports leagues and teams want more distributors for their tickets Click Here to Read more

Microsoft Surface devices fail on reliability: Consumer Reports

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The breakage rate for Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) Surface devices is significantly worse than for other manufacturers’ laptops and tablets, Consumer Reports said, adding that it was removing its “recommended” designation for Surface products. The non-profit publication surveyed 90,000 tablet and laptop owners and found that an estimated 25 percent of those with Microsoft Surface devices would be presented with “problems by the end of the second year of ownership,” according to a study published on Thursday. “If you are very concerned about how long your products are going to last, it might be better for you Click Here to Read more

Developers file antitrust complaint against Apple in China

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese law firm has filed a complaint against Apple Inc (AAPL.O) on behalf of 28 local developers alleging the firm breached antitrust regulations. The complaint, lodged by Beijing-based Dare & Sure Law Firm, accuses Apple of charging excessive fees and removing apps from its local store without proper explanation, Lin Wei, an attorney at the firm told Reuters on Thursday. “During its localization process Apple has run into several antitrust issues … after an initial investigation we consulted a number of enterprises and got a very strong response,” said Lin. The law firm invited developers to Click Here to Read more

Kaspersky Lab to withdraw Microsoft antitrust complaints

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday it would withdraw antitrust complaints made in Europe against Microsoft after the U.S. technology giant agreed to change how it delivers security updates to Windows users. Both companies simultaneously announced a resolution to nearly a year of disputes that included Kaspersky alleging that Microsoft had erected unfair obstacles for independent security vendors on its Windows 10 operating system. Kaspersky Lab in June accused Microsoft of abusing its dominance in the personal computer market to unfairly harm third-party antivirus providers in how it distributed its own Defender antivirus Click Here to Read more

Exclusive: Tesla developing self-driving tech for semi-truck, wants to test in Nevada

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tesla Inc is developing a long-haul, electric semi-truck that can drive itself and move in “platoons” that automatically follow a lead vehicle, and is getting closer to testing a prototype, according to an email discussion of potential road tests between the car company and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), seen by Reuters. Meanwhile, California officials are meeting with Tesla on Wednesday “to talk about Tesla’s efforts with autonomous trucks,” state DMV spokeswoman Jessica Gonzalez told Reuters. The correspondence and meeting show that Tesla is putting self-driving technology into the electric truck it has said Click Here to Read more