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HomePod can damage furniture and the FBI warns against Huawei
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HomePod can damage furniture and the FBI warns against Huawei 

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It appears that the HomePod is leaving white ring marks on wooden surfaces that are difficult to remove.

Someone tweeted that the HomePod left “etched circles” on their wooden furniture within 20 minutes of use, while others found the speaker left deeper and more obvious marks in several places and on several different types of wooden surface.

Even reviewers also noted that marks have appeared on some surfaces to varying degrees, which faded but not disappear over time.

Apple said in a support page: “It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-damping silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces.

“The marks can be caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface, and will often go away after several days when the speaker is removed from the wooden surface.”

The company suggests the marks can be remedied by wiping the wood down with a soft damp or dry cloth, but failing that, the surface will need to be cleaned or resurfaced.

Facebook

Facebook is reportedly using two-factor authentication phone numbers to spam its users with unsolicited marketing.

Someone noticed that Facebook was sending text notifications to a phone number that he registered only for receiving two-factor authentication codes. But what is more important is that he never opted to enable text message notifications.

Huawei

Huawei has been pushing their phones into North America for the past few years. In what started out as telecoms firm, Huawei is a fairly successful company creating hardware for communications infrastructure.

But the heads of six major US intelligence agencies have warned that American citizens shouldn’t use products and services made by Chinese tech giants Huawei and ZTE.

The intelligence chiefs made the recommendation during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing recently. The group included the heads of the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, and the director of national intelligence.

TechBytes

The age of annoying pop-up ads online may be at an end. Google has begun blocking intrusive ads by default in its Chrome browser. The move leaves the tech giant, which makes most of its revenue from advertising, in control of the kind of ads users can see.

Starting on 15 February, Google will use a default ad blocker in its Chrome browser aimed at stopping ads and pop-ups which make for slow user experience.

Flashing animated banner ads and auto-playing video ads with sound are set to be targeted, while Google will contact websites that breach the advertising guidelines and, ultimately, block their advertising if they fail to make changes after 30 days.

The first big smartphone launch of 2018 is edging closer, with Samsung expected to announce its hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S9 in just a few weeks.

The S9 is the latest phone in the company’s series of flagship smartphones, with high-end specs, an edge-to-edge display and a dual camera.

Samsung has sent out invites to an event on February 25 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to unveil the S9; it’s latest high-end smartphone that will look to take on Apple’s iPhone X.

Amazon has made the surprise decision to cut hundreds of positions, despite recent hiring sprees.

Most of the layoffs said to be in the “hundreds” affect the company’s Seattle headquarters, but there are expected to be more around the world as well.

For more on the HomePod, check out my article: http://itincanadaonline.ca/index.php/mobility/2357-apple-announces-the-release-of-homepod.

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