39 – Playstation 5 Rumors and Tor for Android


First Official Version of Tor Browser for Android Released on Play Store

  • The Tor Project today made the first stable version of its privacy-focused browser available on the Google Play Store.
  • This new mobile browser integrates the Tor protocol stack into a standalone browser and replaces Orfox as the main way to navigate the Tor network from an Android device.
  • “We made it a priority to reach the rising number of users who only browse the web with a mobile device,” said Isabela Bagueros, Executive Director of the Tor Project. “These users often face heavy surveillance and censorship online, so it is critical for us to reach them. We made sure there are no proxy bypasses, that first-party isolation is enabled to protect you from cross-site tracking, and that most of the fingerprinting defenses are working,”
  • There is no official Tor Browser version for iOS, but the Tor Project recommends that iOS users install Mike Tigas’ Onion Browser iOS app if they want to use Tor on iOS.

BLOCK TRACKERS

  • Tor Browser isolates each website you visit so third-party trackers and ads can’t follow you. Any cookies automatically clear when you’re done browsing.

DEFEND AGAINST SURVEILLANCE

  • Tor Browser prevents someone watching your connection from knowing what websites you visit. All anyone monitoring your browsing habits can see is that you’re using Tor.

RESIST FINGERPRINTING

  • Tor aims to make all users look the same, making it difficult for you to be fingerprinted based on your browser and device information.

MULTI-LAYERED ENCRYPTION

  • When you use Tor Browser for Android, your traffic is relayed and encrypted three times as it passes over the Tor network. The network is comprised of thousands of volunteer-run servers known as Tor relays. Watch this animation to learn more about how it works:

BROWSE FREELY

  • With Tor Browser for Android, you are free to access sites your local internet service provider may have blocked.  Access deep web.  (Smart to use NordVPN as well)

Huawei Banned from Google – What does this mean??

  • President Trump issued a “Blacklist Order” last week.
  • Google is reportedly  ceasing all business with Huawei entirely.
    • Future Huawei phones will not have access to Google services.
      • No Android, no play store, no apps (Gmail, Chrome, Docs…).
      • Cannot use the AOSP (Android Open Source Project).
        • No technical support or collaboration.
  • On Sunday Google confirmed that the Play Store, Play Protect and other services will keep functioning on Huawei devices.
  • Huawei has previously mentioned that it has an operating system in the works.
  • The US Department of Justice has given Huawei a 90 day grace period before American companies must stop supporting or supplying components.
    • There are a lot of companies that rely on Huawei equipment (specifically, Telecom, internet and WiFi).  
    • States like Oregon and Wyoming have invested in Huawei and will need to swap it out in 90 days.
    • Google will continue to support Huawei phones for the next 90 days.
  • An article put out by the Chinese Government says the new OS will be ready this fall and Android Apps that are “re-compiled” to this OS will be 60 faster than on Android (Nice propaganda).
  • Huawei isn’t even sure if American Citizens are allowed to continue to work at the company.  

Sony Leaks PS5 Again

  • This is becoming a weekly occurance.
  • Last week, the loading times for the PS5 were leaked (10x faster).
    • Earlier we heard the GPU will have Ray Tracing.
  • Will be backwards compatible (VR too).
  • May be pricing the PS5 at a loss when it gets released (relying on PS4 games to keep it profitable).
  • All new CPU and GPU
    • 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen (8 cores).
    • Custom GPU – AMD Radeon Navi (with Ray Tracing) & 8K.
  • Provide console with 3d Audio.
  • Will use SSds for storage instead of Hard drives.
  • Will still have support for games on disk (nice for 2nd hand games).
  • Streaming may be an option.
    • Focusing on Playstation Now till Streaming improves.
    • Streaming will come with the Microsoft Partnership it just inked last week.
  • Definitely not coming out this year
    • Skipping E3 next month.

Artificial Intelligence has been Weaponized in China (George Soros).

  • At this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, George Soros (Billionaire and Philanthropist) warned that the Chinese Government’s use of AI presents an “Unprecedented danger” to its citizens and all open societies.
  • Last month the New York Times confirmed that the Chinease Government is using AI facial recognition to monitor and target members of the Uigur (Muslim Minority).
  • Human Rights Watch also released a report titled, “China’s Algorithms of Oppression” confirming the same thing.
  • In the province of Xinjiang (where the majority of Uigurs live) have surveillance cameras everywhere (streets, mosques, schools, bus stops…)
  • Everyone must use a transportation app that tracks religious practices, political affiliation, social media platforms and even blood type.
  • The Social Credit System
    • Developed by both private and state entities.
    • Collects data on people (financial, social) and creates a “social score” to determine if they pose a threat to the Communist Party of China.
    • People with low “credit worthiness” are publically shamed with their names and faces on Billboard displays.  

TikTok Maker Set To Take on Spotify With Free New Music Streaming App

  • Does the overcrowded and cut-throat music streaming business have room for an additional player? The world’s most valuable startup certainly thinks so.
  • Chinese conglomerate ByteDance, valued at more than $75 billion, is working on a music streaming service, two sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The company, which operates popular app TikTok, has held discussions with music labels in recent months to launch the app as soon as the end of this quarter, one of the sources said.
  • The app will offer both a premium and an ad-supported free tier, one of the sources said. Bloomberg, which first wrote about the premium app, reported that ByteDance is targeting emerging markets with its new music app. Further reading: Chinese Video Sensation TikTok Surpassed Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube in Downloads in October 2018.

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