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FCC takes long-delayed step against spam text surge

More than 10 billion spam texts were sent in the month of August alone — nearly 39 spam texts for every person in the U.S., according to data from RoboKiller, an app that blocks spam calls and texts.

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Want Windows 11?  Your PC better have these specs

Microsoft has published its hardware requirements for Windows 11, adding strict new security requirements for its next operating system...if you're going the official route, that is. Here’s what you’ll need to run Windows 11 when Microsoft releases it in the fall.

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iCloud Private Relay now considered a 'beta' feature, comes disabled by default with iOS 15

iCloud Private Relay is part of iCloud+, which is what Apple now calls the paid iCloud subscription plans with more storage. With Private Relay, Apple provides multiple security proxies that change the route of user traffic and keep it private. It’s almost as if Private Relay is Apple’s VPN for iCloud subscribers.

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The most dangerous (and interesting) Microsoft 365 attacks

Government-sponsored hackers, who carry out cyberespionage campaigns, invest more resources than ever to find new ways of attacking the cloud. One of their preferred targets is Microsoft 365, previously called Office 365, a platform used by an increasing number of organizations of all sizes.

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Robocalls are out of control.  But that could change after June 30

Millions of Americans don't even bother answering calls from unfamiliar or blocked numbers for fear a call might be from an illegal robocaller. That could change with a June 30 deadline from the FCC that requires voice providers to implement technology to force callers to identify themselves.

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Municipal Broadband Is Restricted In 18 States Across The U.S. In 2021

Over the past year, the broadband sector has come into the forefront of public discourse, with millions of Americans struggling to stay online amidst the pandemic. In many communities, local governments have turned to creating their own solutions where private competition has not met the needs of the populace.

There are currently 18 states in total that have restrictive legislation against municipal broadband networks in the U.S.

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Introducing Twitter Blue - Twitter’s first-ever subscription offering

Twitter is officially rolling out their first subscription offering of Twitter Blue (@TwitterBlue) in Australia and Canada. The subscription service will offer Bookmark Folders, Reader Mode which will allow users to turn threads into easy to read text, and the ability to "Undo"; the ability to delete a tweet using a customized timer which can be set for up to 30 seconds. 

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What is Apple's "Thunderbolt/USB 4" vs. Pc-Windows Thunderbolt 4?

Thunderbolt 4 finally promises PC/Windows users all the features Thunderbolt 3 has long offered Apple users. For Mac users, full Thunderbolt capability has always been present. This has been true since the first Macs with Thunderbolt 3 (Thunderbolt USB-C). 

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FCC's RoboCall plan and how phone providers will protect the consumer

We are increasingly being inundated on a daily basis by telemarketers and spammers on our land lines and on our mobile phones. These phone calls can appear to be from your local area or calls from those impersonating an IRS agent whose purpose may be to steal your IRS refund. This deceptive and sometimes malicious practice of disguising the calling number via Caller ID is known as spoofing.

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Amazon pulls down unofficial refurbished Apple product sales

Amazon is making the change after striking a deal with Apple to sell more of the company’s devices directly over the e-commerce site. But many smaller, independent resellers will have to look elsewhere to sell their recycled Apple gear.

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