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Update Adobe Flash Now, You Can Still Buy Guns on Facebook… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 11-03-2016

It’s time to update Adobe Flash (again), guns are still available on Facebook, Wikipedia’s iOS app gets better, call 200 people at once on Line, and Dynamo creates everyday illusions for Samsung.


Another Day, Another Adobe Flash Fix

It may surprise you to learn that Adobe has discovered a host of vulnerabilities in the latest version of Flash. And that one of these vulnerabilities is already being exploited. I’m being sarcastic, of course, as this new set of vulnerabilities shouldn’t surprise anyone. Flash is flawed, and in lieu of uninstalling it you need to keep it up-to-date at all times.

These vulnerabilities can be grouped into four categories: integer overflow, use-after-free, heap overflow, and memory corruption. Suffice to say they’re all dangerous to some degree. One of these vulnerabilities, CVE-2016-1010, is already being used in “targeted attacks”, and is therefore the main reason you should seek to update Flash immediately.

Better yet, just uninstall it altogether and join those of us freed from the scourge of Adobe Flash Why Flash Needs to Die (And How You Can Get Rid of It) The Internet's relationship with Flash has been rocky for a while. Once, it was a universal standard on the web. Now, it looks like it may be headed to the chopping block. What changed? Read More for good.

People Still Buy Guns on Facebook

Facebook has failed to solve the problem is people buying and selling guns on its platform. According to Forbes, those involved in the trading of firearms have merely changed their tactics, conducting business in private messages rather than public forums.


In March 2014, Facebook first attempted to regulate gun sales Facebook Guns, Snowden Phone, Free Getty Images, Minecraft Smoking [Tech News Digest] Facebook regulates gun sales, Snowden Phone is a thing, Getty Images concedes defeat, Congressman calls for the U.S. dollar to be banned, look out for Skype on Outlook, and using Minecraft to quit smoking. Read More conducted on the social network. Then, in February of this year, Facebook announced it was banning the sale of guns altogether Microsoft Edge Fails Privacy Test, Facebook Takes Your Guns... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft Edge is storing your private data, Facebook stops users selling guns to each other, Lonely Planet offers free travel guides, Netflix brings Gilmore Girls back to life, and The Fine Brothers are losing subscribers. Read More . Much to the chagrin of the pro-gun lobbyists in the United States, many of whom think guns are the solution to everything.

However, since the ban was enacted Forbes has investigated several private Facebook groups whose members previously bought and sold firearms. They have circumvented the ban by doing anything but explicitly advertising guns for sale. Instead, they post photos, and ask people to PM them to discuss it. Hence, the buying and selling of guns is still happening, just behind closed doors.

Jodi Seth, director of policy communications for Facebook, told Forbes, “This will not be our last policy update. We’ll continue to think about how we can do this better. We’re always trying to find ways to improve the process”.

Wikipedia Improves Its iOS App

Wikipedia has released an updated version of its mobile app on iOS, adding several new features designed to put more information in front of your eyes. Wikipedia is, of course, at its most useful when you want to know more about a particular subject matter Everything You Need To Know About Wikipedia And More Wikipedia is one of the most famous sites on the Internet. It's informative, as well as controversial, and having a page on there is highly sought after. Let's get to know it better. Read More . However, Wikipedia Mobile 5.0 adds an element of exploration to proceedings.


By using the new Explore feed, users can browse personalized content including a “Featured article of the day,” the “Top read articles,” “Random articles,” and “Nearby articles”. You can also navigate the app using gestures, search using Spotlight, view high-resolution image galleries, and share articles via email or social media.

Wikipedia Mobile 5.0 is available in the iTunes App Store now.

Line Lets You Call 200 People At Once

Messaging service Line, which is insanely popular in Asia, now includes the ability to call 200 people at the same time. That’s you and 199 other people taking part in a conference call. Which is an epic number of people when you consider that Skype only supports conference calls How to Do a Conference Call on an iPhone Conference calls on iPhone are easy! Here's how to do a conference call on iPhone and how to manage three-way calls. Read More of up to 25 people.

These 200-person conference calls are available now on Windows, Android, and iOS, with Mac support promised to be on its way soon. The feature is being trialed outside of Asia before being introduced into Line’s core market. The only question remaining is, Why would you want to talk to 200 people at the same time? I don’t even know that many people.


Dynamo Creates Everyday Illusions

And finally, Dynamo proves it’s possible to be an illusionist using nothing more than your smartphone. As long as you have the creative vision, expensive props, and time to pull it off. Which he does have, thanks to being paid by Samsung to create these “everyday illusions”.

This is a promotional effort for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Read Samsung Galaxy S7 Reviews, Google Previews Android N... [Tech News Digest] Read reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Google launches Android N developer preview, experiment with Google's Chrome Music Lab, Steve Chen launches Nom, and YouTubers play real-life Hitman. Read More , two capable handsets garnering positive reviews online. The camera is seen as being a particular highlight, even giving the camera on the iPhone 6s iPhone 6s Review and Giveaway Spoiler alert: if you like iPhones, you’re probably going to love the iPhone 6s. But are you really surprised? Read More a run for its money. As these amazing shots demonstrate.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Are you still persevering with Adobe Flash? Have you ever seen a gun for sale on Facebook? How would you improve the Wikipedia app? How many people would you call at one time on Line? Do you shoot photos with your smartphone?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.


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  1. Anony
    March 15, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    "We’re always trying to find ways to improve the process”... Hey FB, maybe you should add 500% more H1B visa slaves (sorry.. employees) to the task and put American workers on the street with no job. You know.... like you and other corporations have been doing for years.

  2. LAG
    March 15, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    You may not like guns.

    That is your right.

    You may not believe in God.

    That is your choice.

    But if someone breaks into your home after midnight, the first two things your are going to do are...

    1) Call someone with a gun
    2) Pray they get there in time.

    Other options are run, hide or die while crying like a little girl.

    (Or if you're like me, you shoot, then call.)

  3. d korabel
    March 15, 2016 at 6:43 am

    more people are injured by animals with guns than animals with alcohol. Admittedly it's idiots that can't be bothered using the safety that are the primary cause. Much like leaving a loaded gun with safety off next to your 4 year old child in the back seat(who does that?!)

  4. Steve
    March 15, 2016 at 2:36 am

    Actually - you cannot simply "buy" guns from Facebook. Or any Internet source in the USA. This is a long-held myth - lie? - propagated until low-info people accept it as fact.

    Truth is, you send payment to an online seller - but YOU yourself do not get the gun from the online seller.

    The online seller must send it to a federally licensed firearms dealer in your own state.

    You paid for the gun remotely, but locally; your local gun dealer executes all the federal firearms paperwork and Nation FBI InstantCheck (NICS) that Bill Clinton implemented - just as they do with every transaction.

    If you pass NICS - you get the gun you paid for. If not - your local dealer gets to keep it until you get the NICS issue worked out.

    Can't work the NICS issues out? You have to work the details of having your local dealer return the gun (or keep it) while you try to get a refund from the seller.

    Despite what Bloomberg says, there is no unicorn selling guns over the 'net to be delivered to your front door.

  5. Leah
    March 14, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Homestar Runner!

  6. Anonymous
    March 12, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Luddite Alert.


    About Guns...

    ...To Drive A Car You Need A Drivers License - It Is Not A Right, It Is A Privilege.

    Guns And Cars Can More Or Less Be Lethal Weapons.

    Why Having A Permit Is A Right, And Having A Drivers License Is A Privilege ?

    If You Have No Prior (Para)Military Official Duties, You Should Not Be Allowed To Have Guns, Period.

    Serve Your Country Armed Forces First - Then You Will Have All The Privileges You Want.


    About Flash...

    ...While There Are Still Lots Of Shady Free Streaming Sites Around, You Can Pry Flash From My Cold Dead Hands.



    • Anonymous
      March 12, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      > If You Have No Prior (Para)Military Official Duties, You Should Not Be Allowed To Have Guns, Period.

      So only people who have been hired by the state for some policing/military activity should be allowed to have guns ?

      >>To Drive A Car You Need A Drivers License – It Is Not A Right, It Is A Privilege.

      Incorrect! You don't need a license to drive on private property ... just state-owned/managed property.

      >> Serve Your Country Armed Forces First

      Serve your country first by supporting our freedoms/rights

      • Anonymous
        March 12, 2016 at 2:46 pm

        A - Consider It A Mandatory Screening, Like Having A Drivers License To Drive Outside Your Property,

        I Will Give You This, People Who Live In Rural Areas, Where There Are Wild Animals ( And I Am Excluding The Human Kind ), Should Be Allowed To Defend Themselves,

        B - The Chance For You To Drive Over Someone In Your Property Is Not That Big,

        C - Your Freedom Stops Where Others Freedom Begins.


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    March 12, 2016 at 11:35 am

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    • Anonymous
      June 10, 2016 at 11:37 am



  8. Anonymous
    March 11, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Well, Dave, then there are those anti-gun lobbyists who think substance control is the answer to everything .... perhaps alcohol and drugs too . :)

    • Dave Parrack
      March 11, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      You can't really equate guns to alcohol and drugs. Guns are used to harm other people, whereas alcohol and drugs generally only harm the individual consuming them.

      • Anonymous
        March 11, 2016 at 8:29 pm

        They are used for many things, and I know lots of substances that can be used to harm people. You sound like the government that says encryption can be used to harm national security.

        These preemptive laws are bad ideas in general :)

      • Chris
        March 14, 2016 at 11:57 pm

        Approximately 13,000 Americans die every year in drunk driving related accidents.

      • Seekertom
        March 15, 2016 at 3:52 am

        Dave, wrong attitude? You can compare anything to anything if there are similarities. Guns, alcohol, other drugs each can injure, kill or benefit people, depending on how they are used. Same with cars and probably everything else else in our society. One thing to always remember... If it's in the Constitution it's a right. If it is there we all should be willing to defend that right with our lives. Alternative? Go some place where there is no Constitution and see what that is like. Amen.