Family hold ‘gayceañera’ to celebrate teen’s sexuality and it’s the antidote we we need for this dark world

Congratulations to Aiden on this special milestone and for having such an awesome family!

As tensions escalate over Iran and Australia burns, a cozy Italian restaurant in Maryland, US, was decorated with rainbow cakes and balloons. A refuge from the outside world.

Read the full article at www.pinknews.co.uk.

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

If the capabilities of this technology doesn’t scare you enough, the idea that Peter Thiel is helping finance it should.

A little-known start-up helps law enforcement match photos of unknown people to their online images — and “might lead to a dystopian future or something,” a backer says. Until recently, Hoan Ton-That’s greatest hits included an obscure iPhone game and an app that let people put Donald Trump’s distinctive yellow hair on their own photos.

Read the full article at www.nytimes.com.

Mobile Carrier Customer Service Ushers in SIM-Swap Fraud

It’s pretty ridiculous that you can do everything right to protect your account, but you cell carrier can’t ensure their staff are trained well enough to avoid social engineering. Or maybe they need to pay them enough so they’re not as open to bribes.

Weak challenge questions by customer service reps make it easy for fraudsters to hijack a phone line and bypass 2FA to breach accounts. Mobile carriers have left the door wide open to SIM-swap attacks, particularly when it comes to prepaid accounts, researchers have found.

Fun with Charts: Why Apple’s Services and Wearables are in the spotlight

Looks like the “iPhone company” is in trouble. 🤔

Every three months, we get to peer inside Apple’s business via the financial disclosures that are mandatory for American public corporations. (The company will reveal the specifics of its holiday quarter on January 28.)

Read the full article at sixcolors.com.

Scientists put 3D glasses on cuttlefish and showed them film clips. The results were surprising.

Following this study, animal rights activists insisted that the cuttlefish not be deprived of their newfound interest and will be getting 8K OLED TVs and 3D Blu-ray players. A new study planned for next year will assess the impact of 7.1 surround sound.

(CNN) — Cuttlefish have the ability to watch 3D movies and react to them much like they would if they saw the real thing out in the ocean. And when it comes to depth perception, they’re incredibly proficient.

Read the full article at www.cnn.com.

Downlink 2.0: Custom Views of Earth

As much as I love science and Macs, how have I not heard of this before?

It’s been a few months since I launched Downlink, and since then I’ve put out a few nice updates—better handling of Spaces, multiple displays, and so on. But there was one big feature on my list that I’m happy to announce is now available: custom views of Earth!

Read the full article at acolangelo.com.

WENDY VICTORA: Stop hiding behind safety of our screens

I realize it would be a lot of work to remove anonymity from social media, but it sure would be nice for people to have to take responsibility for their words. Of course, there are those who don’t care even though their identities are well known. Still, this would be a good start.

Accountability — being held responsible for our actions and our words — keeps us kinder. As a longtime columnist for the Daily News, I enjoy the smallest level of celebrity status. Occasionally people recognize me as being the face that’s looked back at them on Sunday mornings for more than a decade.

Read the full article at www.nwfdailynews.com.

Irresolute?

Instead of resolving to make big changes at the beginning of the year, I’ve been taking advantage of the quiet time around the holidays when work slows down and I have a few extra days to decompress. It’s basically a mini staycation without even burning vacation hours at work. That almost makes it even more relaxing since I’m not spending vacation time on it.

This time has been spent working through things I’ve wanted to do for a while, but at a relaxed pace. This includes things like cleaning out my action and project lists1, getting rid of things that seemed like a good idea at the time, but aren’t really as worthwhile now.

This time has been good for gaining a sense of accomplishment and feeling there is less hanging over me because I’ve refocused on the important things. The quiet time of the new year happens to give me space to do this, but to some extent, this is something I try to do at least once a month. I highly recommend it.


  1. If you haven’t noticed from other posts, this is some GTD lingo ↩︎