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Australian Health Booking App Shared Patient Data With Ambulance Chasing Lawyers

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HealthEngine, a service which allows Australians to book appointments with healthcare providers has been caught sharing information with personal injury lawyers. The company expressly states it would do this is its terms of service, however the reasons for and results of this data sharing aren't expressly stated.
An investigation by ABC found that users were asked to enter details of recent workplace injuries or vehicle accidents when trying to book an appointment; and that this information was then shared with Slater & Gordon, a personal injury specialist, via a third-party referrals service.
With users being given no way of opting out of the data sharing and no control over the data shared, this paints HealthEngine in a particularly poor light. What the Australian Data Commissioner might say about this remains to be seen, but HealthEngine is sounds like a service to be avoided. It has also been caught modifying patient reviews of healthcare providers to be more favourable i…

Why I Still Can't Replace My Broken MacBook Air

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Dear Apple, when my MacBook Air died recently it was something of a mixed blessing. We had a challenging relationship, as it proved time and time again to be a problematic product. I was beset with screen glitches, which disappeared for a few years before returning with vengeance some years later. The battery life fell away alarmingly and finally it gave up the ghost completely with what I can only assume is a logic board failure.
Under normal circumstances I might be inclined to open the case and try to fix it - I used to repair and refurbish PowerBook Duos back in the day, so the chance to put some long forgotten skills back into practice might have been fun. But it's a seven year old machine, and even with the history of problems I figure it has earned its retirement (or burial). Plus it won't run macOS Mojave when it arrives later this year, so won't meet one of its primary purposes anymore.
Which means I'd like to buy a new MacBook please.
Only, I don't want …

Claims And Counter-claims Make Drama Of Tesla 'Saboteur'

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Ars Technica has been doing a good job of keeping the world up to date on the breaking Elon Musk v Martin Tripp story, of accusations, claims and counterclaims. Not to mention a brief email storm between the two parties involved.
Musk is claiming that Tripp was involved in what seems like a highly technical attempt and disrupting the Tesla production lines, by modifying software used to run the assembly process. He is also accused of transferring data from the company's servers to third-parties, at least one of whom is Business Insider, which published a story based on that data earlier this month, claiming the Model 3 production line is generation tens of millions of dollars in scrap.
Tesla claims this was motivated by the failure to gain a promotion.
For his part, Tripp claims that he was concerned with waste and the impact on investors and it was Tesla's failure to do something about the issues which prompted him to release the information.
We know that Tesla has had proble…

As Well As Fixing Broken Keyboards On MacBooks, Apple Needs To Fix The Broken Keyboard For MacBooks

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On Friday Apple announced it was creating a repair program for the Butterfly keyboard, covering all MacBook and MacBook Pros for a period of four years from purchase. All repairs related to the keyboard will be free of charge in that period.
Which is good - aside from my previous comments about ensuring faults are resolved for the life of the machine rather than an arbitrary four year period - but it doesn't resolve the most important problem.
Replacing a faulty by design keyboard with exactly the same faulty by design keyboard is a complete waste of time for everyone. The customer potentially gets a machine which is repeatedly in the service centre, Apple gets stung for repair costs and ultimately future buyers get to share the financial pain as Apple ups prices to accommodate the impact on the bottom line.
Apple being Apple, I don't expect this to be the case. As we know, Apple already has a fix for the issue, which relates to small particles of dust or dirt working their w…

Uber Safety Driver Was Watching TV Prior To Self-Driving Fatality

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Uber's safety driver, who was responsible for intervening in the event of a failure of the car's self-driving systems, was watching The Voice on a device instead of the road, prior to the accident that took the life of pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in March.
The police report suggests that Rafaela Vasquez could have stopped the Volvo 12m before the impact if she had been paying attention to the road.
It seems highly likely that criminal charges will be pursued, probably for vehicular manslaughter, and Vasquez will have little in the way of defence should that happen.
Uber's decision to reduce the number of safety drivers in the car from two to one will also come into question. Could the decision be considered negligent? If so Uber, or executives in the self-driving program, could face the same charges.
This underlines the reasons why self-driving cars are dangerous. The systems are reliable and safe to take control for 99% of the time, however for the other 1% of the time th…

Apple Admits MacBook Keyboard Faults, Will Provide Repairs For Four Years From Purchase

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The Butterfly keyboard introduced with the MacBook in 2016 was supposed to be a real advance in mobile keyboard technology, allowing more uniform key performance and a shallower keyboard overall.Unfortunately the keyboard has been divisive as a result of the different feel and travel of the keys. It's also been unreliable and Apple has been the subject of lawsuits after reusing the design on the MacBook Pro, despite being aware of issues with the design.Now Apple has acknowledged the issue and will fix keyboard issues free of charge for four years after purchase irrespective of AppleCare status.That's a big improvement over the current situation, but I don't think it goes far enough. If a MacBook is otherwise functional Apple should be on the hook for keyboard repairs for the life of the machine.Certainly the consumer laws of Australia and New Zealand would suggest this would be the case - Apple already has to provide free repairs for the first three years of the machine&#…

Apple’s AirPower Struggling With Heat Management, Probably Won't Arrive Until September

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Apple’s Qi wireless charging mat, designed to support the devices is very,very late in arriving, even by recent Apple standards. Having been announced with the iPhone X and 8 last year, we were existing it to be available several months ago.Turns out that heat issues are preventing Apple from getting it out if the door.Now having to accommodate three wireless charging coils in a small space was always going to lead Apple into thermal problems, but the company and its customers probably didn't expect them to take the thick end of a year to resolve. A new report on Bloomberg suggests that this may well be the case. The AirPower may not show is face until new iPhones are launched in September.I can't help but wonder if this is Apple putting form over function, trying to pack too much into too little space. If heart dissipation is the problem, spread the components out to allow them greater cooling capacity.Sure it won't look as pretty on the desk, but it will at least be doin…