LG announced that it will cease the manufacturing of phones by the end of July this year. As Gizmodo reported, LG has committed to supporting phones for three years. LG stated, "LG Electronics (LG) announced today that all premium LG smartphones ...

 

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LG to Provide OS Updates for Three Years

LG announced that it will cease the manufacturing of phones by the end of July this year. As Gizmodo reported, LG has committed to supporting phones for three years. LG stated, "LG Electronics (LG) announced today that all premium LG smartphones currently in use will receive up to three iterations of Android operating system updates from the year of purchase. The three OS update guarantee applies to LG premium phones released in 2019 and later (G series, V series, VELVET, Wing) while certain 2020 models such as LG Stylo and K series will receive two OS updates."

Because of contractual obligations, LG will continue to make phones through the second quarter. If you commit to a purchase of a new LG phone, consider it a throw-away device within three years. That may not be a bad thing if you can get a good price.

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Find Out if You are a Screwed Facebook User

Well, that title is totally redundant. It should appear obvious that you are already screwed just by creating a Facebook account. You've given up your privacy and agreed to allow Facebook to sell your soul. It's not just Facebook that is selling your data, cybercriminals have breached Facebook and are actively exposing the data of 533 million users. As Brian Krebs said, "Are You One of the 533M People Who Got Facebooked?"

Assuming you are already a Facebook user, how do you know if your information is part of the treasure trove sucked up by attackers? Troy Hunt has modified his data breach information site and posted information allowing you to search with your mobile phone number and not just your email address to see if you are part of the compromised Facebook users. As the WOPR computer said in the movie War Games, "A strange game. The only winning move is not to play." Lesson learned. Kill your Facebook ID if you value your privacy.

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Historically Worst Windows Versions

A post on How-To Geek ranks the six worst versions of Windows. There was no hard empirical data to support the ranks, but you've probably wanted to upgrade to a different version if you've ever used one on the list.

"In developing this list, we considered the following metrics: How much people hated each version (appearances on other worst-of lists), how poorly it sold, how slowly it was adopted, how bad its reviews were, the length of its lifespan on the market, and our own personal experiences with the software. For fun, we also googled "Windows [x] Sucks," and tallied up the results."

In reverse order the list is:

  1. Windows 1.01 (1985)
  2. Windows XP (Initial Release, 2001)
  3. Windows RT (2012)
  4. Windows 8 (2012)
  5. Windows Vista (2006)
  6. Windows Millennium Edition (2000)

I started using Windows with version 1.03 so I can't speak to #6. Windows 1.03 was actually pretty good considering the limited amount of RAM supported and limited colors available with the graphics cards in the day. I would replace #6 with Windows 2.x, which came in two versions. If you are an old time Windows user, you will remember the name change to Windows 286 and Windows 386. Unless you are a fairly recent Windows user, I'm confident we can all agree that the Millennium Edition deserves the #1 spot.

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Stupid is as Stupid Does

Forrest Gump must have gotten it right. The weakest link in any security program is a human being. No matter how much technology you deploy or what rigid policies are in place, the human will find a way to screw it up. Apparently, users can't seem to lock their devices with anything more than a easily hacked passcode. iDrop News reported the twenty worst and most easily guessed passcodes (iPhone and Android) revealed by security expert Tarah Wheeler.

  1. 1234
  2. 1111
  3. 0000
  4. 1212
  5. 7777
  6. 1004
  7. 2000
  8. 4444
  9. 2222
  10. 6969
  11. 9999
  12. 3333
  13. 5555
  14. 6666
  15. 1122
  16. 1313
  17. 8888
  18. 4321
  19. 2001
  20. 1010

The scary truth is that these twenty crappy passcodes are used on 26% of mobile devices. Unbelievable. In 2011, the most common lock code was 1234. Ten years later the most common lock code is 1234. Further support that stupid is as stupid does.

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Siri Will No Longer Default to a Female Voice

Since the beginning, Siri has defaulted to a female voice in North America. According to a TechCrunch post, that's about to change. Apple is adding two new English voices for Siri in the latest iOS 14.5 beta version. When you set up Siri, users will no longer have a default setting and must select the voice you want to hear. The Apple statement reads, "We're excited to introduce two new Siri voices for English speakers and the option for Siri users to select the voice they want when they set up their device. This is a continuation of Apple's long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion, and products and services that are designed to better reflect the diversity of the world we live in."

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