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Apple rewards teen for fixing FaceTime bug

Grant Thompson and his mother, Michele, look at an iPhone in the family's kitchen in Tucson, Arizona. Image sourced from Washington Post
Grant Thompson and his mother, Michele, look at an iPhone in the family’s kitchen in Tucson, Arizona. Image sourced from Washington Post

Apple may be giving its customers peace of mind with a newly released fix for its FaceTime security bug, but at least one user is getting something more: money for discovering the vulnerability.

Grant Thompson, a 14-year-old in Arizona, stumbled upon the hack last month when he was calling a friend to play the videogame Fortnite. When his friend didn’t pick up the FaceTime call, he added a second friend to the group call, which caused the original call to “pick up” even though his friend didn’t answer, according to multiple reports.

The security flaw let Thompson eavesdrop on the other line.

And he re-created the hack several times with his friends and his mum to confirm the existence of the bug, he said. (read more)

Object-Oriented Programming in Python 3

Object-oriented programming (OOP) focuses on creating reusable patterns of code, in contrast to procedural programming, which focuses on explicit sequenced instructions. When working on complex programs in particular, object-oriented programming lets you reuse code and write code that is more readable, which in turn makes it more maintainable.

This is a four part tutorial by by Lisa Tagliaferri for Digital Ocean. (tutorial here)

AI outguns humans in key Stanford reading test

Alibaba has developed an artificial intelligence model that scored better than humans in a Stanford University reading and comprehension test.

Alibaba put its deep neural network model through its paces last week, asking the AI to provide exact answers to more than 100,000 questions comprising a quiz that’s considered one of the world’s most authoritative machine-reading gauges.

The model developed by Alibaba’s Institute of Data Science of Technologies scored 82.44, edging past the 82.304 that rival humans achieved. (read more)