Twitter to ban Cryptocurrencies Ads

After Facebook and Google, now Twitter has decided to ban advertisements for cryptocurrencies, according Sky News.

In January, Facebook prohibited ads for currencies such as Bitcoin in an effort to combat deceptive marketers, while Google followed suit last week. Sky News says (via Engadget) that the new advertising policies would ban worldwide ads for ICOs, token sales, and cryptocurrency wallets. The site might also ban ads for cryptocurrency exchanges, but with some possible exceptions. The ban could begin in as soon as two weeks. We’ve reached out to Twitter for comment, and will update this post if we hear back.

This isn’t the first set of steps that Twitter has taken to stop deceptive cryptocurrency scams: it says that it will start taking down accounts that ask for small amounts of a cryptocurrency while impersonating celebrities.

Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 2s Camera May Be the Best


Phone manufacturers are still figuring out the best way to give consumers edge-to-edge screens while also leaving space for the front-facing camera. But in leaked images and videos purportedly showing Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi Mix 2s, the Chinese company seems to have come up with a novel solution: stick the camera in the corner.

Leaked images of the Mi Mix 2s first appeared last month, and a blurry hands-on video that popped up this week seem to confirm this design. In this writer’s opinion, it doesn’t look too bad. It would certainly be more functional than the camera placement on the Mi Mix 2, which put it down in the bottom right-hand corner, and less obtrusive the central notch of the Essential Phone. (Although we wonder if Android has support for corner notches.)

Rumored specs for the Mi Mix 2s include a 5.9-inch display, 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of internal storage, and the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. All of which would make for an impressive handset. We’ll find out more later this month though, with teasers suggesting Xiaomi will unveil the Mi Mix 2s on March 27th.

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Apple's HomePod | New Gadget In Market


The HomePod, whether Apple likes it or not, is the company’s answer to the wildly popular Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers.Apple’s new $350 speaker symbolizes everything backward and compromising about the iPhone maker’s walled garden: the speaker requires you have an iOS device to use it, and it demands an Apple Music account to make use of Siri-powered voice control playback. It is antithetical to platform-agnostic Sonos and unabashedly so, as if Apple is daring its competitors to try and compete with its hardware prowess and platform lock-in.

And yet, I find myself mulling over purchasing one for myself. I’ve been using a review unit HomePod, on loan from Apple, for the past week and I find it simultaneously frustrating and fantastic in almost equal measure. It sounds great, better than any Bluetooth speaker I’ve tried in recent memory and on par with some equitably priced and far more cumbersome stereo systems. I’ve also found that having the HomePod as a lone audio option, at least for a medium-sized San Francisco apartment, is more than enough for almost every listening situation.

There’s just one issue: I am a devout Spotify user. I’ve paid for the Swedish streaming service’s premium subscription for nearly six years now and I consider myself a happy customer. That means my HomePod use has been restricted to AirPlay, which is a major compromise. I can’t use Siri to play music, and the HomePod gets interrupted every time another audio source, like a video on Twitter or Instagram, overrides my phone’s settings. In a world increasingly littered with auto-play video on social networks and news sites, this is a huge problem. I’ve resorted to using the HomePod with my iPad as a standalone music device, and it’s a silly workaround I feel a $350 speaker shouldn’t necessitate.

That’s the promise and peril of the HomePod, a device that works best with other Apple hardware and software products, as is the case with most of the company’s ventures. Yet as my colleague Vlad Savov wrote last month, the HomePod is “the point of no return for Apple fans,” because it not only requires you own an iOS device, but because it goes one step further by limiting some of its most useful features to an Apple-made piece of software. Buying and relying on the HomePod then becomes an act of acquiescence to the more radical ends of Apple’s walled garden philosophy. You can put Google Maps on the iPhone and replace Safari with Chrome on Mac, but the HomePod simply will not work as advertised without an Apple Music subscription or iTunes playback.

My options then are using a speaker other than the HomePod (like Sonos), settling for AirPlay, or switching to Apple Music. Now, I’ve tried tons of competing music streaming services, from Google Play Music to Tidal to Apple’s own, which came perhaps the closest to convincing me to switch over. But Spotify has always reigned supreme in my mind for its more streamlined user interface and its recommendations engine, particularly the Discover Weekly playlist feature.

But beyond those elements, what keeps me using Spotify is the hassle involved with switching to something else. I cannot bring myself to exhaustively transfer over my playlists and relearn an entirely new piece of software that I use daily for hours on end, in addition to having to spend weeks to months training this new piece of software on my listening habits and tastes. I know there is paid software out there that can do most of the heavy lifting in this respect, but I’ve become accustomed to Spotify and am overall happy with the product.
"Apple is building an ever stronger case for its walled garden, one product at a time"

Therein lies the central issue with the HomePod. While I’ve already decided that a nice home speaker is not enough to make me switch from Spotify to Apple Music, the fact that I’m even considering it — or that I’d be willing to live with the limited AirPlay functionality — is proof in my mind that Apple is building an ever stronger case for its walled garden, one product at a time.

The Apple Watch is now the industry-leading wearable, and AirPods have set a high bar in the wireless headphone market for convenience and quality. Similarly, the HomePod helps Apple plant a flag in an existing market crowded with long-time players. It tells those outside the walled garden, who may just be peaking in, what they’re missing. Maybe a single product isn’t enough to make you switch from Android to iOS, Windows to Mac, or Spotify to Apple Music, but a litany of appeals over time builds a more convincing case.

Apple has a penchant for using its signature mix of strong product design and aesthetics — alongside the added benefits of platform lock in — to make its options feel attractive and desirable. Even when you know you’re being enticed to spend more money because Apple refuses to play nice with others, it can feel like a tug of war, with the act of giving up sweetened ever so slightly by the knowledge that buying into Apple’s ecosystem means no longer worrying about how to make disparate products and services fit into your life.

I’m not quite there yet. I still love Spotify, and I don’t think the use case of listening to music in my living room warrants tormenting myself over a $350 speaker purchase and my personal software choices. But I am glad these days to own an iPhone and use a Mac, if only to avoid similar problems that play out across other platforms and device types. For now, Apple has me in its grasp, and it seems like the company is just waiting for me to give in.

How to Find IP Address on Any Device

What is an IP Address?

Just like a street address or telephone number, communication on devices also comes with addresses too. IP Address is referred to in full as Internet Protocol Address. An Internet Protocol involves combining of rules that coordinate the affairs of Internet activities. Hence, IP Address oversees internet communication with the sole aim of identifying between devices and destinations. It is a means of identification, usually numerical, designated to each device for the purpose of communicating with other devices in the Internet Protocol Network. There cannot be online communication inexistence without an Internet Protocol address as it is saddled with the responsibility of finding and exchanging information between devices. For instance, just as one cannot send a letter without giving it an address where the receiver could be located so also, information on the web cannot be sent without the IP address. Principally, the IP address has two basic functions which are identification and for Locating. Through the identification system or function of the IP address, computers get to interact with one another and by doing so, necessary information are shared and devices are also located. A standard IP address has four (4) numbers which is always separated by a period or decimal (point).

What is the location of my IP Address? 
As previously identified, locating serves as one of the most principal functions of an IP address. Technically, locating in internet protocol is refers to as ‘geolocation’. It involves identifying the geographical location of an Internet-connected terminal such as mobile phones or computers. In simple terms, geolocation is the generation of coordinates to determine a location when a device is connected to the web.
The location is the public IP Address of a computer or device. The location of a device’s IP Address is the place where the device was at the moment of connecting to the Internet. However, IP Address usually do not represent specific locations of the computer network whatsoever. Although theoretically, internet protocol address is limited to only determining the physical location of an IP and not the actual location. In clear terms, an IP address cannot be directly associated or linked to a home address. Also, all that one could get in locating is an estimation.
To find out the location of an IP address, you can use IP Lookup tools to Find your IP Address or one could just Google search ‘My IP Address’ results would come out. Some of the details included in the search output are one’s current IP connection, the proxy IP, country, state, network city, ISP, Time zone, Operating system, latitude, longitude, local time and many more.

How do I find my servers’ IP Address?
A server is basically an automated software upon which specific contents are produced upon the request of a user. It is an unseen system where information is gotten from usually provided by an internet service provider. In comparison with the computer systems and telephones, all have its IP Addresses; a server also possesses an IP address. More clearly, every server in the network has a distinct IP Address depicted by the dot-decimal form. To locate one’s server’s IP address, below are steps to consider
On Windows
•    Click the start iconon the computer screen
•    Search CMD or Command Prompt and press the enter button
•    Use the command nslookupfollowed by the domain I question. E.G. and press the enter button
•    Follow the command’s output by reading through till you find the Server’s name. The next line that follows with the word address will include the servers’ IP Address

•    Select the Command Prompt
•    At the prompt, type ping or pathping or tracert followed by the servers’ host name in question
Press enter and follow the output to locate your servers’ IP Address

•    Go to the terminal
•    Run the command ipconfiggetpacket en0
•    (If you are on airport, replace en0 with en1)
•    The command would produce an output. Follow through to find the  server identifier

How do I find my IP Address on my Phone? 
To find one’s IP address on one’s phone, first make sure that one’s mobile phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network else, one would not see any four dot-decimal numbers.
On Android
•    Select the setting icon
•    Click on Wi-Fi icon
•    Select the menu button and select advanced
•    Scroll down to find the icon with the title IP Address. Beneath it is the phone’s private IP Address

On IPhone

•    Select the setting icon
•    Tap Wi-Fi which would display a list of connections available
•    Beside the network you are connected to is an information icon, select it and the details of the connected network would come into display.
•    Find the IP Address entry to find your IP Address

How Do I find my Wi-Fi routers IP ADDRESS?
The network routers IP Address in a business network connection is known as the default gateway as it serves as the means by which other devices connect. This routers default gateway can be easily located on a computer by simply using the command prompt. It is essential to connect one’s device to a wireless network in order to get the routers IP Address else, there would be an empty space left for the celestial to fill which cannot be trusted. Below are the instructions

•    Click on the start icon
•    Type CMD on the search area to launch the command prompt
•    A prompt would appear, type ipconfig followed by hitting the enter button.
•    A list of all network adapter connected to the device would appear
•  Find the default gateway and jot down the number sequence next to it because that is your routers IP Address

•    Click the apple icon on the computer screen
•    Select the system preferences icon
•    Select the network icon to open the menu
•    Select your network adapter in which you are connected to (It is usually the one with a green indicator)
•    Trace the number following the router entry as that is our routers IP Address or default gateway.

By the end of this, the location of one’s IP address should have been located including servers IP address, telephones IP address and one’s routers IP Address simply by following every step which has been identified above. The material is practical and as such I hope one practises what one has learnt.
Author: Osama Khan

Osama is a guest blogger at Cyber Shaft. He is a tech reporter and internet privacy and security enthusiast, who regularly shares his knowledge and ideas through this writings in an effort to make the internet a safe and secure place for all.

Facebook Page Admin Disclosure Vulnerability

Facebook Page admins are publicly displayed only if admins have chosen to feature their profiles.

However, there are some situations where you might want to contact a Facebook page admin or want to find out who is the owner of a Facebook page.

Egyptian security researcher Mohamed A. Baset has discovered a severe information disclosure vulnerability in Facebook that could have allowed anyone to expose Facebook page administrator profiles, which is otherwise not supposed to be public information.

Baset claimed to have discovered the vulnerability in less than 3 minutes without any kind of testing or proof of concepts, or any other type of time-consuming processes.


In a blog post, Baset said he found the vulnerability, which he described as a "logical error," after receiving an invitation to like a particular Facebook page on which he had previously liked a post.

Facebook has introduced a feature for page admins wherein they can send Facebook invitations to users asking them if they wished to like their page after liking a post, and a few days later, these interacted users may receive an email reminding them of the invitation.

After Baset received one such email invite, he simply opened "show original" drop-down menu option in email. Looking at the email's source code, he noticed that it included the page administrator's name, admin ID and other details.

The researcher then immediately reported the issue to the Facebook Security Team through its Bugcrowd bug bounty program. The company acknowledged the bug and awarded Baset $2,500 for his findings.

Though Facebook has now patched this information disclosure issue, people who have already received one such page invitation can still find out admin details from the invitation emails.

    "We were able to verify that under some circumstances page invitations sent to non-friends would inadvertently reveal the name of the page admin which sent them," Facebook said. "We've address the root cause here, and future emails will not contain that information."

Facebook has now patched this information disclosure issue.

For the next 24 Houhs, google’s letting you skip the line for project Fi

Google’s all excited about the official launch of its flagship Nexus devices. We’ve reviewed the 5X and 6P and since they’re both unlocked, you get to choose your carrier.

One option? Project Fi. It’s been closed off to the world up until now, but the team is opening the gates just for the rest of the day:

The lure of Project Fi is that it intelligently connects you to the best network…be it a 4G partner or freely available Wi-Fi. I’ve been using it with the Nexus 6P and so far, so good. I even was able to get access while driving to a mountainy part of northern California this weekend.

AT&T : Connect all your devices with one number

As you buy more devices and wearables, the idea of having one phone number to connect them all is an increasingly attractive one.

AT&T is readying a service that will allow users to connect all their devices, from smartphones to wearables, with a single phone number.

The company promises that the service, called NumberSync, will allow users to send and receive texts and calls from any device using one number. A person familiar with the matter confirmed to Mashable that the service will be made possible due to changes on AT&T's existing telecom network. And unlike some similar Bluetooth-based solutions, NumberSync connectivity will function even if the user's primary mobile device with the originating number is physically nowhere near the other NumberSync-connected devices.

"Since NumberSync operates in our wireless network, it is not dependent on a Bluetooth connection to your smartphone," AT&T spokesperson David Christopher posted on the company's website on Wednesday. "Your devices don’t need to be near each other and NumberSync will work even if your primary phone is turned off or disconnected from the network.

Christopher also mentions that the service will be able to connect wearables like fitness bands and hints at possible in-car functionality. Yet no specific NumberSync devices are mentioned, and it's not clear whether the service will work across a wide array of mobile platforms such as iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

Apple offers a similar concept in the form of its Continuity feature, which allows you to make and receive calls through your Mac and iPad via your iPhone. But depending on how AT&T's service is delivered, NumberSync has the potential be much more powerful than Apple's solution.

AT&T says the first NumberSync-ready device (likely a wearable) will launch sometime this month, with at least two additional devices to come during the holiday season.