Samsung Washing Machine App Requires Access To Your Contacts and Location

For some reason, Samsung apps designed to control internet-connected washer and dryers require “bogus,” “absurd,” “unacceptable,” “pesky,” and “awful” permissions. Motherboard reports: On Wednesday, a Reddit user complained that their washing machine app, the Samsung Smart Washer, wouldn’t work “unless I give it access to my contacts, location and camera.” This is a common complaint. “When I launch the app, the damned thing wants all sort of permissions: location, phone calls, media, and … contacts??? The app won’t work without these permissions,” another Reddit user grumbled last year, referring to another Samsung app — called Smart Home — that requires the same seemingly exaggerated permissions. “Why would the Samsung Smart Home app need access to my contacts?” The reviews for these two apps, both of which have more than a million installs according to their stats on the Google Play store, aren’t very positive either. The Smart Washer App has


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10 Video Games for Newbies Who Always Wanted to Become Gamers

Video games offer a wide range of genres and gameplay styles, and there’s probably a game out there for everyone. But despite the variety of experiences, jumping into console or PC gaming can be daunting, especially if you didn’t grow up playing games. Luckily, there are plenty of great video games out there for…Read more…


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Linux Mint 20.2 Released with the Long-Awaited Cinnamon 5 Desktop

Linux Mint 20.2 comes with Cinnamon 5 and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use. It is a long-term support release based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and it is supported until 2025.
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Drummer for poets

I’m thinking about how people will host their own Drummers.
I don’t want to run the only server, I might not even want to run the main server. I do want to continue developing the software. This is different from how Facebook and Twitter run, I’m not trying to create another walled garden. It’s not the kind of work I like, or am particularly good at. It’s much more like how WordPress works. Only I think Drummer can be even easier to set up and manage.
I want to create networks of outliner users. I call this “Communication with a big C.” Not the wires, but the ideas that go over the wires. Nodes in my network are human minds, not computers.
The world I imagine is something like 1980s software model with a much more efficient distribution system. And the product, unlike the one from the 80s, is built around


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