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The Telecom Digest for Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Volume 37 : Issue 32 : "text" format

Table of contents
Alexa, What Happened to My Car?Monty Solomon
Apple offers free repairs for iPhone 7 devices with 'No Service' bugMonty Solomon
Re: Gmail has marked this morning's Telecom Digest with a warningBob K
Re: Gmail has marked this morning's Telecom Digest with a warningRob Warnock
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <8C588538-70E5-4496-A1D5-8754870AD7FE@roscom.com> Date: Sun, 4 Feb 2018 11:34:13 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Alexa, What Happened to My Car? Alexa, What Happened to My Car? The arrival of voice-controlled assistants in cars raises security and privacy concerns. Depending on automakers' setups, it could expose your information or property. Amazon's Alexa voice-controlled virtual assistant is the Chatty Cathy of the tech world, a digital darling that consumers can't get enough of. It can tell chicken jokes, order pizza and turn off the kitchen faucet. So it's not surprising that Alexa has made the leap from the home to the car. But just as Alexa promises added hands-free convenience for drivers, researchers and engineers warn that it also opens new avenues for hacking, tracking and sonic attacks. Depending on how voice-activated assistants are connected, such hacks could range from annoying pranks like opening a car's windows in the rain to dangerous attacks like remotely unlocking a house's doors for a robbery. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/25/business/amazon-alexa-car.html ------------------------------ Message-ID: <36B80362-BFA9-4BFD-8B0F-2A9DADEE70FB@roscom.com> Date: Sun, 4 Feb 2018 11:49:46 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Apple offers free repairs for iPhone 7 devices with 'No Service' bug Apple offers free repairs for iPhone 7 devices with "No Service" bug Apple has confirmed that a "small percentage" of iPhone 7 devices are affected by a bug that prevents the phone from connecting to a cellular network, instead displaying "No Service" on the status bar. Typically, this occurs after the iPhone switches off Airplane Mode, and is unable to re-connect to service. The company says the problem is due to a failed component on the main logic board, and will offer free repairs to customers experiencing the issue. There are some restrictions, however. The affected devices, according to Apple, must be of a specific model number depending on the region [where] customers bought their devices. The company says these devices were manufactured between September 2016 and February 2018, and were sold in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, and the United States. https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/3/16968092/apple-iphone-7-no-service-bug-free-repair-program ------------------------------ Message-ID: <690f58d4-8e7b-c983-31ce-19bfd5eb8196@Rochester.RR.com> Date: Sun, 4 Feb 2018 12:56:49 -0500 From: Bob K <SPAMpot@Rochester.RR.com> Subject: Re: Gmail has marked this morning's Telecom Digest with a warning On 2/3/2018 1:14 PM, Telecom Digest Moderator wrote: > I just got an email from reader Charles Jackson, alerting me to a > warninghe received when he opened this morning's Telecom Digest. > > Mr. Jackson uses Gmail, and I confirmed the problem by bouncing a copy > of the digest to my Gmail account, where it showed up in the "Spam" > folder. When I opened the message, I got this warning: > > +------------------------------------------------------------+ > + Be careful with this message. Many people marked similar + > + messages as phishing scams, so this might contain unsafe + > + content. + > +------------------------------------------------------------+ I have some things from the digest get dropped into the SPAM folder by Gmail. Has been going on for a couple years. And, I simply check those off as NOT SPAM, and they come on thru. Gmail is supposed to learn from my responses about spam -- they don't seem to in this case -- but from what I understand their settings are developed for each account. So, while they finally understand that for my account, it would not propagate to yours. Possibility, if I were to add the Digest to my address book, that might act as a white list. I do not have any addresses in an address book on that Gmail account. That is intentional, since if the account were to get hacked, at least the hackers would not be getting my address book. Heaven only knows I get lots of unwanted emails from apparent friends that have had their Yahoo accounts compromised. ...Bob K ------------------------------ Message-ID: <p5911t$g2j$1@dont-email.me> Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2018 07:27:58 -0000 (UTC) From: rpw3@rpw3.org (Rob Warnock) Subject: Re: Gmail has marked this morning's Telecom Digest with a warning In an embedded reply to HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org>, our esteemed Moderator wrote: +--------------- | [Google/GMail] dictating that any email service which they deign to | accept connections from must have "SPF" records and a "DKIM" record | in place, plus the "usual" DNS "PTR" record for any domain that they | talk to. No problem for deep-pocketed multi-nationals, of course, | but those of us who run personal servers seldom have the knowledge | or time - or money - to implement such precautions. +--------------- Well, it's not *quite* that bad (yet), though I certainly agree that the intellectual "cost to play" has risen over the last few years. I too run my own email from a personal server at home with no DKIM, and GMail still accepts mail from my domain. True, I do use an access ISP [Sonic.net] that allows [though charges for] static IPv4 address(es) on my service [ADSL2+], and that provides a simple tool for providing [though *not* delegating, but that's o.k.] reverse-lookup addresses [PTR records] for those addresses. And, true, I do run my own DNS, which made adding an SPF record trivial. And I run Postfix with a fairly tight set of configs, which also helps. But once it was set up, it all works pretty well, with no lossage at GMail [that I know of]. -Rob +--------------------------------------------------------------+ Rob Warnock <rpw3@rpw3.org> 627 26th Avenue <http://rpw3.org/> San Mateo, CA 94403 ***** Moderator's Note ***** Rob, you sound like just the guy I'm looking for: please help me set up the SPF and PTR records for the Telecom Digest. :-) Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Tue, 06 Feb 2018

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