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Red Hat OpenStack tightens OpenShift Kubernetes integration

Red Hat has launched Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16.2, an update to Red Hat’s infrastructure-as-a-service platform that offers tighter integration with the company’s OpenShift Kubernetes container system.

With the new integration, users of both platforms can run VM-based and container-based applications in parallel with improved network capacity, security features, storage, and performance, Red Hat said on October 13. OpenStack 16.2 is available through the Red Hat Customer Portal via a Red Hat subscription.

[ Also on InfoWorld: What to expect in Java 18 ]

Specific capabilities in OpenStack 16.2 include:

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How to become a cloud architecture generalist

Based on the feedback here and from social media, this post about being a cloud architectural generalist, not a specialist hit a few nerves. For a long time I’ve said that cloud architects need to be aware of all technology solutions, not just cloud-based ones. They need a mix of traditional enterprise systems, networking, security, governance, and now cloud-based solutions. They need to understand how all the pieces fit together in an optimized way that’s best for the business.

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TypeScript adds ESM support for Node.js

TypeScript 4.5, a planned upgrade to Microsoft’s strongly typed language based on JavaScript, is set to support ECMAScript modules in Node.js.

TypeScript 4.5 became available as a beta release on October 1. Node.js, which can work with TypeScript, has been working to support ECMAScript modules (ESM), which enable packaging of JavaScript code for reuse. This work has been difficult because Node.js was built on a different module system, CommonJS, Microsoft said. But ESM was largely implemented in Node.js 12. With ESM support in mind, TypeScript 4.5 offers two new module settings, node12 and nodenext.

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Python stands to lose its GIL, and gain a lot of speed

One of Python’s long-standing weaknesses, its inability to scale well in multithreaded environments, is the target of a new proposal among the core developers of the popular programming language.

Developer Sam Gross has proposed a major change to the Global Interpreter Lock, or GIL—a key component in CPython, the reference implementation of Python.

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How to use Simple Injector in ASP.NET Core MVC

Dependency injection (also known as DI) is a design pattern in which an object receives the objects it depends on rather than creating them directly. Dependency injection facilitates loose coupling and promotes testability and easy maintenance. It allows you to change your implementations without changing the classes or interfaces that leverage those implementations.

Support for dependency injection is included in ASP.NET Core. As a result, you can inject both framework and application services into your classes rather than depend on tightly coupled components.

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Visual Studio Code adds split editor capability

Visual Studio Code 1.61, introduced October 7, introduces the ability to open side-by-side editors for the same file.

The new split editor functionality is enabled by a “Split in Group” command, which splits an editor into two sides without needing a second editor group. Developers also can toggle the layout between splitting vertically or horizontally via the Toggle Layout button.

[ Also on InfoWorld: 6 neat tricks for Visual Studio Code ]

Visual Studio Code 1.61, also known as the September 2021 release, can be downloaded from the Visual Studio website. Other capabilities in Visual Studio Code 1.61 include:

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What to expect in Java 18

Java 18 is still five months away but is already taking shape, with six feature proposals anticipated for it so far, the latest being a simple web server and a re-incubation of a foreign function and memory API.

The OpenJDK page for Java Development Kit (JDK) 18 lists the simple web server as proposed to target JDK 18 while a vector API, code snippets, and the UTF-8 charset officially target JDK 18 as of October 13. The JEP (JDK Enhancement Proposal) index of Java technologies also cites the record patterns and array patterns proposal as eyed for JDK 18, although it has not been officially targeted yet. A second incubation of a foreign function and memory API, which was incubated in Java 17, also is eyed for Java 18.

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CNCF and Linux Foundation launch entry-level Kubernetes certification

The Linux Foundation and Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) are launching their fourth Kubernetes certification, after receiving huge levels of demand for a more entry-level qualification.

The Kubernetes and Cloud Native Associate (KCNA) exam is expected to launch at the end of this year after a period of beta testing and is aimed at entry-level developers or people in non-technical roles that are interested in learning more about the open source container orchestration technology, such as technical marketing professionals or product managers.

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Google Cloud extends its reach with new Distributed Cloud options

Google Cloud is extending its reach into customers’ data centers and out to the edge under its new Distributed Cloud banner, primarily aimed at customers with unique data sovereignty, latency, or local data-processing requirements.

The two new options announced this week are Google Distributed Cloud Edge and Google Distributed Cloud Hosted. Both are underpinned by Google Cloud’s Anthos product, which allows customers to deploy and manage Kubernetes workloads across a variety of environments.

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“Google Distributed Cloud is a portfolio of fully-managed software and hardware to extend our capabilities into customer data centers,” Sachin Gupta, VP and GM for open infrastructure at Google Cloud said during a press conference last week.

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Convincing agile product owners to prioritize technical debt

Chances are your agile development team struggles with addressing technical debt. That is unless you work for a ground-floor startup with a cloud-native microservices architecture engineered during the past few years. The rest of us have technical debt embedded in our applications, services, databases, and infrastructure that ranges in size, risk, complexity, and business impact.

Technical debt impedes teams from developing new features, enhancing customer experiences, addressing security issues, improving reliability, increasing performance, automating workflows, and addressing other business priorities.

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Optimizing C and C++ Windows binaries with SizeBench

One key to the modern application development life cycle is the toolchain: all the various applications and services that come together to deliver our own custom tools. They range from code generators that build scaffolding and deliver application frameworks, through IDEs and editors, to testing tools and continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines. It’s often easy to get used to one set of tools, using them to the exclusion of everything else.

That’s not a bad thing; it pays to get familiar with one set of keystrokes, building the muscle memory needed to get peak productivity. But if we get fixated on the tools we use, it’s possible to miss out on new ones that might go a long way to helping us deliver better code more quickly. So how do we find out about them?

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Amazon Honeycode review: No code has its limits

Amazon Honeycode is a spreadsheet-oriented, no-code development platform that builds mobile web and web apps. The spreadsheet includes both data and formulae, and has some of the functionality of a database table. For building an app from the spreadsheet, Honeycode has a palette of user interface objects such as lists, input fields, and buttons. It also has a palette of events and actions.

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Microsoft Visual Studio 2022 is due November 8

Microsoft’s 64-bit Visual Studio 2022 IDE will officially be launched on November 8, the company said. The company also announced the immediate availability of a release candidate and a fifth preview of the IDE.

Both the release candidate and the upcoming general availability version, designated Visual Studio 2022 version 17.0, come with a go-live license for production use. To try out the latest features of Visual Studio 2022, developers should use Preview 5. Visual Studio 2022 will be 64-bit software, no longer limited to roughly 4 GB of memory in the main devenv.exe process, making memory concerns a thing of the past. In addition, the new IDE is intended to be more approachable and lightweight.

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Python tops Tiobe language index

Python this month has taken the top spot in the Tiobe index of programming language popularity, becoming only the third language to ever lead the index in its 20-plus years of existence.

With the October index, published October 6, Python joins C and Java as languages that have led the Tiobe index, which was first published in June 2001. Tiobe assesses the popularity of programming languages based on language-related searches in search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Wikipedia.

[ Also on InfoWorld: The best programming language to learn now ]

Python’s ascent was not unexpected, with the language gaining in popularity in recent years. Tiobe cited Python benefits such as a good ecosystem, ease of use, plentiful libraries, and fast edit-run cycles. “The longstanding hegemony of C and Java is over,” software quality services provider Tiobe said.

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How to choose a cloud IoT platform

IoT, the Internet of Things, is currently one of the most hyped concepts in the computing world. Cloud IoT platforms may even exceed IoT on the hype scale. Nevertheless, both have real applications and could become important to your business. In this article we’ll define IoT and cloud IoT platforms without too much technical detail, then discuss what you need from a cloud IoT platform and how to choose one.

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Edge computing: The architecture of the future
To fully digitize the last mile of business, you need to distribute compute power where it's needed most -- right next to IoT devices that collect data from the real world.
Which cloud database should you use?

The fundamental principle of cloud systems is a focus on multiple, disposable, and replaceable machines. This has direct consequences for the implementation techniques, and therefore the capabilities of database systems implemented in the cloud.

Traditional databases can be roughly classified as parallel-first (for example, MongoDB or Teradata) or single-system first (for example, PostgreSQL or MySQL), often with scale later (for example, Redshift, Greenplum). Each category has limitations inherent to its core design. The extent of these limitations is partially a function of maturity. However, for certain core architectural decisions, particular features may not be efficiently supportable.

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AI won’t save you from a move to cloud computing

A new survey on data center staffing sponsored by the Uptime Institute indicates the skills shortages continue, and survey participants do not expect artificial intelligence (AI) to reduce skills requirements anytime soon. About 50% of the enterprise data center managers and operators surveyed claim to have difficulty finding skilled candidates, which is up from 38% in 2018. 

There could be a light at the end of the tunnel: Three out of four respondents believe AI-based technology will reduce their data center staffing needs at some point. However, they feel this shift is more than five years away. 

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Technical debt will sink you

The pandemic accelerated many large-scale digital transformations and drove growth in many technology businesses. Whether it was Instacart’s sales increase of 230% in 2020 over 2019, or Zoom’s revenue increasing 169% during the early days of the pandemic, many companies were forced to accelerate their digital transformations during the past 18 months.

This growth came at a cost, especially for Zoom. It was unexpected and attracted much attention to the company, leading to numerous cyberattacks, including “Zoombombings”—people intruding into Zoom meetings and flashing pornography or other inappropriate messaging.

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The best way to go ‘all in’ on cloud

In 2015 Capital One CIO Rob Alexander took the AWS re:Invent stage to declaim the company’s independence from its traditional data centers, shifting instead to a reliance on AWS to run its infrastructure. The company went from eight data centers in 2014 to five in 2016 to three in 2018. In late 2020, the company announced that its journey to truly being “all in” on the public cloud was complete. The move away from running its own infrastructure, however, didn’t mean it sent engineers looking for new jobs. The opposite, in fact. Even as the company shifted to public cloud, it more than doubled the number of technical employees on its payroll, roughly 85% of whom are engineers.

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Windows Subsystem for Linux is ready for Windows 11

Microsoft has just made the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) available in the Microsoft Store for Windows 11 systems. WSL is the application that allows Windows users to run a GNU/Linux environment directly on Windows without the overhead of a virtual machine or dual-boot setup.

One good aspect is that it installs as a separate app, decoupled from the OS. This means that users can update the app without having to wait for Windows OS updates to become available.

Summarizing your command-line usage on Linux

The app in the Microsoft Store is not a new version of WSL. It’s still WSL 2, but is a preview version that was added as an option for end users to get the latest features faster and more conveniently. The binaries will no longer be part of the Windows image.

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A dive into Kyndryl, IBM’s managed-services spin-off

Thanks to  a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing new details have emerged about Kyndryl, the IBM spin-off of its managed-infrastructure services unit into a separately traded public company.

Kyndryl does exactly what the managed-infrastructure services unit of IBM’s Global Technology Services segment does: manage enterprises IT infrastructure, whether it comes from IBM or another vendor. That’s a challenge for Kyndryl because it has to deal with the trend toward cloud services and against on-premises infrastructure.

The split is expected to be complete by the end of 2021, and when it was announced last year, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna said IBM will focus on open hybrid-cloud and AI capabilities while Kyndryl would focus on modernizing customer infrastructure.

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BrandPost: 4 Cybersecurity Best Practices for Edge Computing

Incidents of cyber-attacks against IT networks are intensifying globally. The recent spate of ransomware attacks on the American oil pipeline system and the global meat supply chain highlights both the vulnerabilities that exist in our IT infrastructure, as well as the devastating impact these cyber breaches can have even when that breach might seem relatively innocuous.  In the case of the Colonial Pipeline hack, the attack reportedly only reached the front-end business IT systems, not the IT and operations technology (OT) that actually control the pipeline itself. But, nonetheless, the attack resulted in shutting down the entire pipeline for a period of time causing alarming gas shortages up and down much of the East Coast of the United States. Long lines and panic buying became the norm for days.

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BrandPost: Implement a SASE Architecture at Your Own Pace in Three Steps

Organizations have often relied on multiple vendors to connect and secure their branch offices. Through a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) approach, they may have installed a number of disparate WAN edge appliances including routers, firewalls, and WAN optimization devices. As a result, network installations are often complex and difficult to manage. These installations are no longer optimized for the digital era. The network security perimeter is dissolving as more and more applications and workloads are hosted in the cloud and more employees connect from anywhere. However, organizations sometimes don’t know where to start to transform their network and security architectures. They may also be tied to multi-year contracts that prevent them from moving their current architecture to a cloud-first SASE architecture.

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Marvell announces some very smart SmartNIC processors

Marvell has begun to sample the Octeon 10, a server microprocessor aimed at intelligent network management that has up to 24 Arm-compatible cores, making it as powerful as any server processor.

Marvell refers to the Octeon processor line as data processing units (DPUs). They are designed to run high-throughput data in the cloud and on-premises. The DPU is more commonly called the SmartNIC because it can offload non-computational tasks from the CPU like network packet processing, data encryption and compression. That frees up CPU cores to run general-purpose applications.

The Octeon 10 has a few firsts. It's the first processor made by TSMCs 5nm manufacturing process and the first processor to feature Arm’s Neoverse N2 core. The N2 core uses the new Armv9 architecture that the company claims can deliver 40% more single-threaded performance for a variety of workloads vs. the N1, but still retains the same level of power and area efficiency as N1.

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Google Cloud extends its reach with new Distributed Cloud options
The third-placed cloud vendor has announced a new set of options for customers that need to keep certain workloads in self-hosted environments or out at the edge.
US IT job growth slows, but 2021 still on track for record hiring
Businesses would have hired even more IT workers — especially developers, cybersecurity staffers, and compliance experts — had they been able to find enough qualified candidates.
The Dell/VMware relationship remains strong despite split

VMware is in the process of spinning out from Dell Technologies, but the working relationship remains as strong as ever with a bunch of announcements from VMworld.

All told, the pair made four significant announcements at the show, the first being that VMware Cloud will be sold on systems acquired through Dell's Apex pay-as-you-go program. The new Apex offering gives customers the ability to move workloads across multiple cloud environments and scale resources quickly with predictable pricing and costs.

The new offering combines Dell’s hyperconverged infrastructure VxRail with VMware Cloud, VMware Tanzu for building cloud-native applications, and VMware HCX for application migration. Businesses can deploy the offering in their data center, at an edge location or a colocation facility with partners like Equinix.

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BrandPost: What if…? Reimagining the Network Team’s Role with NaaS

By Austin Hawthorne, NaaS Sales Director, at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.

In networking, there will always be a gap between what’s needed and what’s available, whether it’s budget, resources, or time. This not only impacts the ability of a business to be agile, innovative, and competitive, but it also affects its people, specifically the team that’s tasked with ensuring the network meets or exceeds the business’s ever expanding needs. Morale suffers when network teams are not afforded the ability to do the job at the level they expect of themselves and what’s needed to have the desired impact on the broader organization. Networks teams have the skills, passion, and drive to succeed, but all too often they must hurry a project through with “good enough” results, spending far too much time on low-level tasks like troubleshooting basic connectivity issues (many of which would not exist if there was enough time, resources, and budget to resolve the root causes).

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Very quietly, Oracle ships new Exadata servers

You have to hand it to Larry Ellison, he is persistent. Or maybe he just doesn’t know when to give up. Either way, Oracle has shipped the latest in its Exadata server appliances, making some pronounced boosts in performance.

Exadata was the old Sun Microsystems hardware Oracle inherited when it bought Sun in 2010. It has since discontinued Sun’s SPARC processor but soldiered on with servers running x86-based processors, all of them Intel despite AMD’s surging acceptance in the enterprise.

When Oracle bought Sun in 2010, it was made clear they had no interest in low-end, mass market servers. In that regard, the Oracle Exadata X9M platforms deliver. The new Exadata X9M offerings, designed entirely around Oracle’s database software, include Oracle Exadata Database Machine X9M and Exadata [email protected] X9M, which Oracle says is the only platform that runs Oracle Autonomous Database in customer data centers.

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Weekly internet health check, US and worldwide

The reliability of services delivered by ISPs, cloud providers and conferencing services (a.k.a. unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS)) is an indication of how well served businesses are via the internet.

ThousandEyes is monitoring how these providers are handling the performance challenges they face. It will provide Network World a roundup of interesting events of the week in the delivery of these services, and Network World will provide a summary here. Stop back next week for another update, and see more details here.

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Edge computing: The architecture of the future

As technology extends deeper into every aspect of business, the tip of the spear is often some device at the outer edge of the network, whether a connected industrial controller, a soil moisture sensor, a smartphone, or a security cam.

This ballooning internet of things is already collecting petabytes of data, some of it processed for analysis and some of it immediately actionable. So an architectural problem arises: You don’t want to connect all those devices and stream all that data directly to some centralized cloud or company data center. The latency and data transfer costs are too high.

That’s where edge computing comes in. It provides the “intermediating infrastructure and critical services between core datacenters and intelligent endpoints,” as the research firm IDC puts it. In other words, edge computing provides a vital layer of compute and storage physically close to IoT endpoints, so that control devices can respond with low latency – and edge analytics processing can reduce the amount of data that needs to be transferred to the core.

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Edge computing: 5 potential pitfalls

Edge computing is gaining steam as an enterprise IT strategy with organizations looking to push storage and analytics closer to where data is gathered, as in IoT networks. But it’s got its challenges.

Tech Spotlight: Edge Computing Proving the value of analytics on the edge (CIO) The cutting edge of healthcare: How edge computing will transform medicine (Computerworld) Securing the edge: 4 trends to watch (CSO) How to choose a cloud IoT platform (InfoWorld) Edge computing: 5 potential pitfalls (Network World)

Its potential upsides are undeniable, including improved latency as well as reduced WAN bandwidth and transmission costs. As a result, enterprises are embracing it. Revenues in the edge-computing market were $4.68 billion in 2020 and are expected to reach $61.14 billion by 2028, according to a May 2021 report by Grand View Research.

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Installing packages on Linux and Mac with Homebrew

Ever heard of Homebrew? It’s a package manager with a very unusual feature. It allows ordinary users to install packages without using sudo, and it’s available for both macOS and Linux. While the tool on each of these systems is referred to as Homebrew, the Linux version installs as linuxbrew.

Once installed, users can use Homebrew via the brew command to install packages very easily. Installation of Homebrew itself, however, does generally require sudo privileges and installs in /home/linuxbrew.

The man page for the brew command calls it “The Missing Package Manager for macOS (or Linux)”.

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4 questions that get the answers you need from IT vendors

It’s the time of year when most enterprises are involved in a more-or-less-formal technology review cycle, as a preparatory step for next year’s budgeting. They’ve done this for decades, and it’s interesting to me that in any given year, enterprises share roughly three of their top five priorities. It’s more interesting that over three-quarters of enterprises carry over at least two of their top five priorities for multiple years. Why aren’t they getting addressed? They say their top problem is an “information gap.”

Buyers adopt network technologies that improve their business, not just their network. They have to justify spending, particularly spending on some new technology that someone inside or outside has suggested. That means that they have to understand how it will improve operations, how they’ll deploy it, and what the cost will be. To do this for a new technology, they need information on how that improvement would happen—and they say they’re not getting it.

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Cisco: Networking, security, collaboration at heart of hybrid workforce concerns

When it comes to supporting the emerging hybrid workforce, getting the network and security right is top of mind among enterprise IT leaders.

That's one finding detailed in Cisco’s new Hybrid Work Index, which the company says will be updated quarterly to gauge how worker and technology habits are evolving as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

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Cisco says the index gleans information from anonymized customer data points culled from a number of its products, including Meraki networking, ThousandEyes internet visibility, Webex collaboration, and security platforms Talos, Duo and Umbrella. The index also incorporates third-party survey data from more than 39,000 respondents across 34 countries.

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BrandPost: Can SASE and Zero Trust Deliver Better Security?

The enterprise network has evolved into a seemingly amorphous entity that traverses on-premises, cloud, and edge environments and raises new management and security challenges. That may explain why so many IT practitioners are eager to find out whether the concept of a secure access service edge (SASE) model, or framework, first articulated by

But, as illustrated by an @IDGTechTalk Twitter chat on Sept. 30, sponsored by @ComcastBusiness, it can be difficult to delineate the hype and reality within a conceptual framework. Moderated by CIO, blogger, and industry speaker Isaac Sacolick @nyike, the online session brought together IT practitioners, consultants, and influencers to weigh into whether enterprise networks are up for today’s security challenges and, in particular, the roles that SASE, SD-WAN, and Zero Trust may play in securing the new network edge.

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A startup using open-source components to offer software-defined private 5G as a service hopes to attract enterprises with an architecture that it says is as simple as Wi-Fi's.

5G resources How 5G frequency affects range and speed Private 5G can solve some problems that Wi-Fi can’t Private 5G keeps Whirlpool driverless vehicles rolling 5G can make for cost-effective private backhaul CBRS can bring private 5G to enterprises

Called Ananki, the company requires little of enterprises in order to deploy the service: Customers set up small-cell 5G radios on-site, point them toward a cloud network running the Ananki software, install SIMs on the enterprise hardware that will tap into the service, and Ananki’s automation remotely configures the radios and provisions the SIMs.

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Kioxia seeks to make the SSD more programmable

NAND flash maker Kioxia has expanded its Software-Enabled Flash technology to bring a greater degree of programmability to NAND storage. The move will benefit hyperscalers the most but will have benefits for enterprises and SMBs as well.

Kioxia (formerly Toshiba) first introduced SEF last year. It’s an open-source API that operates as a new kind of hardware flash controller to offload some functions to a controller, thus freeing up the CPU, while allowing large data-center environments to manage at scale.

Because the API is open source, competitors in the flash space can adopt the API and customize it for their hardware. Hyperscalers think about SSDs in terms of deploying and serving workloads at scale. Kioxia notes that cloud providers often have different types of drives they deploy for different use cases, like block storage versus file storage or ZNS.

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VMworld 2021: VMware to pack more security into NSX

When it comes to protecting data-center-based resources in the highly distributed world, traditional security hardware and software components just aren’t going to cut it.

That’s the bottom line for enterprises as they move to distributed digital environments according to Tom Gillis, senior vice president and general manager of VMware’s networking & advanced security business group. The idea is that security needs to be put deep into the infrastructure fabric and protect workloads across their lifecycle, Gillis said during an interview with Network World at the company’s VMworld virtual conference.

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Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week was one of our strongest shows yet, with a wide diversity of news items that were genuinely fun (and complicated) to chew through. And even though we started off kind of grumpy, we laughed through […]
- Amanda Silberling
‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ will get major updates and ‘Happy Home Paradise’ DLC on November 5
Nintendo announced today that “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” has some big updates set for November 5. This includes the arrival of characters from past games like Brewster, Kapp’n and Harriet; farming and cooking DIY recipes; new furniture items; and even a paid DLC called “Happy Home Paradise,” coming the same day for $24.99. Nintendo also […]
- Kate Park
Apple has removed Quran Majeed, a popular app for reading the Islamic religious text and other prayer-related information, in China, in compliance with Chinese government requests, according to a report by BBC. The move comes as part of a bigger shift in the country to crack down on foreign content, or simply making it harder […]
- Mariella Moon
Surprise Soyuz thruster firing tilted and turned the ISS

The astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station had to initiate emergency protocols after the spacecraft tilted and turned by 57 degrees on Friday. All is well now, but the Roscosmos and NASA ground teams had to spring to action and alert their personnel in space after noticing the change in orientation. According to The New York Times, the incident happened while cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky was testing the engines aboard the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft that's currently docked with the station. 

NASA spokesperson Leah Cheshier told the publication that "the thruster firing unexpectedly continued" when the engine testing was scheduled to end. By 5:13 AM Eastern time, the ISS lost control of its orbital positioning. Russian controllers in Moscow immediately told Novitsky that the station turned 57 degrees, while NASA's mission control in Houston told its astronauts to begin emergency procedures. Flight controllers were able to regain control of the station around 30 minutes later. The Soyuz spacecraft that caused the incident is expected to fly a Russian fillm crew — that same one that flew to the ISS to shoot the first feature film there earlier this month — back to Earth.

"During the Soyuz MS-18 engines testing, the station’s orientation was impacted. As a result, the International Space Station orientation was temporarily changed. The station’s orientation was swiftly recovered due to the actions of the ISS Russian Segment Chief Operating Control Group specialists. The station and the crew are in no danger," Roscosmos said in its announcement.

As The Times notes, this is the second such emergency on the station. Back in July, the thrusters on Russia's Nauka module fired "inadvertently and unexpectedly" causing the ISS to tilt by about 45 degrees. At the time, NASA spokesperson Rob Navias said the ISS lost "attitude control," which is also what happened in this case, and that the event was quite rare.

- Mariella Moon
Moscow metro launches facial recognition payment system despite privacy concerns

More than 240 metro stations across Moscow now allow passengers to pay for a ride by looking at a camera. The Moscow metro has launched what authorities say is the first mass-scale deployment of a facial recognition payment system. According to The Guardian, passengers can access the payment option called FacePay by linking their photo, bank card and metro card to the system via the Mosmetro app. "Now all passengers will be able to pay for travel without taking out their phone, Troika or bank card," Moscow mayor Sergey Sobyanin tweeted.

Теперь все пассажиры #мосметро смогут платить за проезд, не доставая телефон, "Тройку" или банковскую карту. Система Face Pay завтра заработает на более чем 240 станциях. pic.twitter.com/8x4xeFkbqW

— Сергей Собянин (@MosSobyanin) October 14, 2021

In the official Moscow website's announcement, the country's Department of Transport said all Face Pay information will be encrypted. The cameras at the designated turnstyles will read a passenger's biometric key only, and authorities said information collected for the system will be stored in data centers that can only be accessed by interior ministry staff. Moscow's Department of Information Technology has also assured users that photographs submitted to the system won't be handed over to the cops.

Still, privacy advocates are concerned over the growing use of facial recognition in the city. Back in 2017, officials added facial recognition tech to the city's 170,000 security cameras as part of its efforts to ID criminals on the street. Activists filed a case against Moscow's Department of Technology a few years later in hopes of convincing the courts to ban the use of the technology. However, a court in Moscow sided with the city, deciding that its use of facial recognition does not violate the privacy of citizens. Reuters reported earlier this year, though, that those cameras were also used to identify protesters who attended rallies.

Stanislav Shakirov, the founder of Roskomsvoboda, a group that aims to protect Russians' digital rights, said in a statement:

"We are moving closer to authoritarian countries like China that have mastered facial technology. The Moscow metro is a government institution and all the data can end up in the hands of the security services."

Meanwhile, the European Parliament called on lawmakers in the EU earlier this month to ban automated facial recognition in public spaces. It cited evidence that facial recognition AI can still misidentify PoCs, members of the LGBTI+ community, seniors and women at higher rates. In the US, local governments are banning the use of the technology inpublic spaces, including statewide bans by Massachusetts and Maine. Four Democratic lawmakers also proposed a bill to ban the federal government from using facial recognition. 

- Karissa Bell
Jack Dorsey says Square is ‘considering’ building a Bitcoin mining system

Jack Dorsey says that Square is “considering” building its own Bitcoin mining system using custom silicon and open source software. “Square is considering building a Bitcoin mining system based on custom silicon and open source for individuals and businesses worldwide,” Dorsey wrote in a Twitter thread Friday.

He added that such a project would follow a similar approach as the bitcoin hardware wallet Square began working on earlier this summer. But building a mining system would be considerably more complicated for the payments company than simply building a wallet. Creating custom chips is, as Dorsey points out, “very expensive,” and would be new territory for the payments company, which has been a major supporter of Bitcoin.

“Mining needs to be more efficient,” Dorsey wrote. “Driving towards clean and efficient energy use is great for Bitcoin’s economics, impact, and scalability. Energy is a system-level problem that requires innovation in silicon, software, and integration.”

3/Silicon design is too concentrated into a few companies. This means supply is likely overly constrained. Silicon development is very expensive, requires long term investment, and is best coupled tightly with software and system design. Why aren’t more companies doing this work?

— jack⚡️ (@jack) October 15, 2021

As with his earlier tweets about plans for the hardware wallet, Dorsey didn’t share many details about how the mining system would actually work. But he said the goal would be to make mining more efficient and accessible to more people, which could address two of the most important issues related to cryptocurrency mining.

Bitcoin-related power usage has reached record highs in recent years, raising major concerns about the cryptocurrency’s impact on climate change. Mining has also driven up the prices and scarcity of GPUs, which has made it increasingly difficult for the average crypto enthusiast to mine on their own.

Our team led by @jessedorogusker will start the deep technical investigation required to take on this project. We’d love your thoughts, ideas, concerns, and collaboration. Should we do this? Why or why not? We’ll update this thread as we make our decisions. And now over to Jesse.

— jack⚡️ (@jack) October 15, 2021

"Bitcoin mining should be as easy as plugging a rig into a power source,” Dorsey said. Whether or not Square will be able to accomplish that, is less clear. He said that the company “will start the deep technical investigation required to take on this project,” and is hoping to hear feedback on the idea in the meantime.

- Igor Bonifacic
Judge bars county clerk after voting machine passwords leaked to QAnon

In August, QAnon conspiracy theorist Ron Watkins shared a video he claimed showed ballot machines from Dominion Voting Systems could be remotely accessed to tamper with the results of a vote. At the time, he said the information came to him from a “whistleblower.”

This week, a Colorado judge barred Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters from overseeing the county’s upcoming November election in relation to a leak of voting machine BIOS passwords. Peters, who tweeted in support of former President Donald Trump’s election conspiracy theories, invited a man named Gerald Wood to a meeting involving a “trusted build” software update that was meant to ensure the security of the county’s voting machines. Peters claimed Wood was an “administrative assistant” transitioning to her office, but then later described him as a “consultant” she hired to copy information from the computers.

Ahead of the meeting, Belinda Knisley, Peters’ deputy, sent an email to staff asking that they turn off the security cameras in the Election Department and not turn them back on until after August 1st. Knisley didn’t explain the reason for her request, but it was carried out either way. On the day of the meeting, Wood photographed a spreadsheet that contained the passwords to the machines and copied over their hard drives. Following the meeting, the passwords were publicly posted to an “online social media site.”

“Peters directed the creation of the images of the hard drive, which was not authorized by law and which directly led to the decommissioning of Mesa County’s voting systems, facilitating the leak of sensitive data and exposed the county’s voting system to compromise,” Judge Valerie Robinson wrote in a decision spotted by Ars Technica.

In a statement, Peters said she plans to appeal the “decision to remove a duly elected clerk and recorded from her election duties.” She went on to described herself as a whistleblower and called the case against her a “power grab” by Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold.

“Clerk Peters seriously compromised the security of Mesa County’s voting system,” Griswold said in a statement. “The Court’s decision today bars Peters from further threatening the integrity of Mesa’s elections and ensures Mesa County residents have the secure and accessible election they deserve.” The FBI and Mesa County district attorney are investigating Peters, but no criminal charges have been filed yet.

- Jessica Conditt
Netflix fires employee for leaking data about controversial Dave Chappelle special

Netflix has fired an employee, alleging they shared confidential, commercially sensitive information about Dave Chappelle's new standup special, The Closer, with media outlets, Variety reported. 

The employee is accused of leaking data that appeared in Bloomberg about how much Netflix paid for a handful of shows and standup specials, including The Closer and previous Chappelle contracts. According to Bloomberg, Netflix spent $24.1 million on The Closer, compared with $23.6 million for his 2019 show, and just $3.9 million for Bo Burnham's Emmy-winning special Inside. Squid Game, the biggest series debut in Netflix history, cost the company $21.4 million, the report said.

“We understand this employee may have been motivated by disappointment and hurt with Netflix, but maintaining a culture of trust and transparency is core to our company," the company said in a statement to Variety.

Netflix employees and external equality groups — including GLADD and the National Black Justice Coalition — have called for The Closer to be removed from the streaming service, arguing it contains hateful transphobic and homophobic rhetoric. In the special, Chappelle doubles down on his previous transphobic comments and defends the bigotry of anti-trans feminist JK Rowling. As of now, the special is still available on Netflix.

"With 2021 on track to be the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States — the majority of whom are Black transgender people — Netflix should know better," David Johns, executive director of the NBJC, said to CNN. "Perpetuating transphobia perpetuates violence. Netflix should immediately pull The Closer from its platform and directly apologize to the transgender community."

Netflix executives have said little publicly about the controversy, though CEO Ted Sarandos reportedly said in an internal memo that The Closer was too popular to remove.

The fired employee was a leader of the company's internal trans resource group, and was helping to organize a walkout in protest of Netflix's handling of the Chappelle special, The Verge reported. The walkout is planned for October 20th. The former employee is Black and pregnant, and actually spoke out against leaks with colleagues, arguing that they could hurt the walkout, according to The Verge.

Earlier this month, Netflix suspended a trans software engineer who tweeted her disapproval of the Chappelle special. The employee was reinstated a day later and Netflix said the suspension was due to an unrelated matter.

- Kris Holt
Tesla opens Model Y pre-orders in the UK for early 2022 delivery

Tesla will soon bring the Model Y to the UK. The company has opened pre-orders for the EV in the country, with deliveries expected to start in early 2022, according to an email to customers spotted by Elektrek.

The original plan was to start Model Y deliveries in Europe after Tesla started making them at its Berlin Gigafactory. However, Tesla has brought Model Y EVs from its Shanghai production facility to some European markets.

Most countries in Europe drive on the right, but the UK and Ireland stick to the left, so the steering wheel is generally on the right there. Gigafactory Berlin is supposed to start making Model Ys as soon as next month. Still, it's unclear whether Tesla will make Model Ys for the UK there or ship them from China.

The Model Y starts at £54,990 for the Long Range All-Wheel-Drive model and £64,990 for a Performance one, according to Tesla's configurator. Enhanced Autopilot costs £3,400 and the Full Self-Driving Capability add-on is £6,800, but that feature is in beta.

- Igor Bonifacic
Smartphone shipments fell due to ongoing component shortages

From NVIDIA and AMD to automakers like GM, the global chip shortage has affected nearly every industry that depends on computer components, and now it’s even hurting smartphone manufacturers. According to Canalys, phone shipments dropped by six percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2021. The firm says much of that is due to component shortages that made it impossible for those companies to meet consumer demand.

According to a preliminary estimate, Samsung shipped the most devices in Q3 2021, claiming a 23 percent share of the market. For the South Korean company, the good news is that it’s no worse off now than it was a year ago. Reclaiming the second spot, Apple managed to increase its share of the market by 3 percentage points year-over-year.

🌐📱Q321 smartphones down 6%👉 Vendors struggled to meet demand for devices amid component shortages. 👉 #Samsung - 23% share. 👉 #Apple - 15% share👉 #Xiaomi - 14% share 👉 #vivo and #OPPO took 10% eachhttps://t.co/iWSEvOk4PY

— Canalys (@Canalys) October 15, 2021

Rounding out the top five are a trio of Chinese manufacturers: Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo. Together, they claimed a 34 percent slice of the market. One thing to note about the way Canalys does things is that it includes OnePlus shipments under Oppo, but doesn’t group Oppo with sister company Vivo. All three are owned by Chinese conglomerate BBK Electronics. When you think about things that way, it’s usually only second to Samsung as the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world.

Still, Apple’s performance is impressive when you consider its Q3 numbers only include about one week of iPhone 13 sales. Canalys didn’t speak to the company’s numbers specifically, but it’s likely the strength of Apple’s supply chain helped it thrive in a challenging market. The company is one of TSMC’s most important customers, commanding a sizeable portion of its chip output.

“The chipset famine has truly arrived,” said Canalys Principal Analyst Ben Stanton. “The smartphone industry is striving to maximize production of devices as best it can.” The problem is that the supply shortage is expected to continue well into 2022.

- Kris Holt
Twitch says no passwords were leaked in security breach

No Twitch passwords were exposed in the livestreaming service's recent major security breach, according to the company. In an update on the incident, Twitch said it's confident systems that store hashed login credentials weren't accessed, nor were ACH/banking details. Twitch previously noted it doesn't store full credit card numbers.

After reviewing information in the exposed files, Twitch says the breach "only affected a small fraction of users and the customer impact is minimal." The leaked information mostly contained source code repository documents and a subset of payout details for streamers.

Twitch previously disclosed that someone was able to gain access to its servers due to a configuration change error. It fixed the issue and took measures to shore up its systems. "We take our responsibility to protect your data very seriously," Twitch wrote. "We have taken steps to further secure our service, and we apologize to our community."

- Igor Bonifacic
MIT researchers create fabric that can sense and react to its wearer's movement

Textile production may be one of the oldest technologies known to humans, but it hasn't proven easy to adapt the advances of the information age to our garments. Sure, we've seen efforts like Google's Project Jacquard try to bring clothes into the modern era, but those haven't been particularly successful.

Not that that's stopping a team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Sweden. They've created a smart fiber that can sense and respond to the movement of its wearer. Dubbed OmniFiber, the soft robotic fabric features a hollow center channel that allows a fluidic medium to travel through it. With the help of compressed air, the fibers can bend, stretch, curl and pulse on demand. That's something that allows them to provide tactile feedback in real-time, making them akin to an artificial muscle.

Artificial muscle fibers aren't a new idea; other research teams at MIT have approached the technology in their own way. However, what makes OmniFiber notable is that it doesn't need heat to change its shape. Immediately that makes it more practical since overheating the skin is not an issue. It has other advantages too. It's possible to make the fabric with relatively inexpensive materials, and the fibers don't require a delicate weaving process.

The team envisions their fabric making its way into garments that could help teach athletes and singers how to control their breathing better. Another even more exciting application could see an OmniFiber garment help someone recover their natural breathing pattern after a respiratory disease like COVID-19.

It may be some time before we see OmniFiber make its way into the real world, but that's not to suggest the project is done. Ozgun Kilic Afsar, one of the researchers who worked on the fabric, told MIT News she plans to continue working on the system. Among the things she wants to do is develop a manufacturing system that allows the creation of even longer filaments.

- Kris Holt
Steam bans games that allow cryptocurrency and NFT trading

Steam will no longer allow games that enable NFT (non-fungible token) and cryptocurrency trading through the blockchain. Steam's onboarding page for Steamworks users and partners now states that they shouldn't publish "applications built on blockchain technology that issue or allow exchange of cryptocurrencies or NFTs" on Steam. The rule was added at some point after October 6th, according to a version of the page cached by Google.

Some developers have spoken out about the rule. SpacePirate Games, the studio behind a sci-fi action-adventure title called Age of Rust, said Valve was booting blockchain games off of Steam "because NFTs have value." Some puzzles in Age of Rust, which is in development, will reward players with NFTs as achievements. "Steam's point of view is that items have value and they don't allow items that can have real-world value on their platform," SpacePirate said. The developer plans to publish the game elsewhere.

Community: A few minutes ago, we were notified that @Steam will be kicking *all blockchain games* off the platform, including Age of Rust, because NFTs have value. Behind the scenes, we've had good communication and have been upfront with Steam. #blockchaingames#NFT1/4 pic.twitter.com/W4pR3Xl63q

— Age of Rust (@SpacePirate_io) October 14, 2021

It's unclear how many games already on Steam will be affected. Searching for "NFT" and "crypto" turns up 14 and 64 results respectively. Not all of those necessarily allow real-world trading though. Crypto Mining Simulator, for instance, lets you pretend you're mining cryptocurrency, which sounds like a barrel of laughs.

Engadget has contacted Steam for more details about this rule, including why it was brought in. NFT scams do exist, and unless you know what you're doing, it's not hard to get burned on crypto trading. That said, Valve does allow people to exchange virtual goods for Steam Wallet funds through the community market, so SpacePirate's belief that Steam doesn't permit items with real-world value doesn't entirely hold water.

- Steve Dent
Apple hires a new HomePod software lead amid speaker market struggles

Amid struggles to make headway in the smart speaker market, Apple has hired a new HomePod software head, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. The company has reportedly brought onboard Afrooz Family, who co-founded the high-end audio startup Syng with former Apple designer Christopher Stringer.

Apple's $349 HomePod arrived in 2018 to very mixed reviews, and was discontinued early this year. The company has noticeably failed to compete with smart speaker rivals, particularly Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo devices and Google's Assistant speaker family. 

Family worked for Apple between 2012 and 2016 and was on the original HomePod team before starting Syng. That company aimed to develop a "revolutionary" speaker to produce immersive audio, but eventually developed a rather niche, $1,800 speaker. The previous HomePod software head, Jason Harrison, left Apple for Airbnb last year. 

Apple's latest speaker product is the $99 HomePod mini, which we described in our Engadget review as an "acceptable Echo alternative." That device has reportedly helped sales a bit, but hasn't put much of a dent in a market dominated by Amazon and Google, according to Bloomberg.

The biggest problem with Apple's smart speakers may be Siri and HomeKit, which aren't as widely supported as Alexa and Google Assistant. The original HomePod was also pretty expensive at launch. To make inroads, Apple may need to change its approach and continue to improve integration — as it recently did with a HomePod mini update that made it work with Apple TV. Apple's primary goal is to merge its HomePod and Apple TV hardware, according to Gurman. 

Apple is holding its Unleashed event on Monday, where it's expected to launch new MacBooks and possibly AirPods, but there's no rumors of a new HomePod product coming any time soon. 

- Igor Bonifacic
Weight loss app Noom gets into mental health coaching

Since 2011, Noom has made a name for itself as a weight loss app. This week, with the introduction of a new feature called Noom Mood, it’s expanding into mental wellness. If you’ve already tried the aforementioned weight loss program, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect from Noom Mood.

As you embark on the four-month program, each day the app will provide you with articles and activities centered on teaching you skills you can use to manage and regulate the stress and emotions in your life. Along the way, you’ll be asked to log your mood, and if you ever need additional help, the program includes access to a personal coach.

It’s not surprising to see Noom expand beyond weight loss. It always had a mindfulness streak, and it must be said there’s a lot of money to be made in the health and wellness space. Over the course of the pandemic, a company like Headspace went from a relatively obscure startup to one that now has a $3 billion valuation and partnerships with companies like Netflix and Waze.

- Valentina Palladino
The Apple TV 4K drops to $160, plus the rest of the week's best tech deals

Yes, we know it's October, but the holiday shopping season (apparently) knows no bounds. We're already starting to see early Black Friday deals pop up across the web, so it's not too early to start crossing things off your gift list. The Apple TV 4K remains on sale for $160 while the AirPods Pro and a couple of MacBooks are also discounted. A pair of our favorite Bose earbuds are down to a record low while the Echo Show 8 is still on sale for $100. Here are the best tech deals from this week that you can still get today.

Apple TV 4KApple TV 4K (2021) Siri RemoteDevindra Hardawar/Engadget

The latest Apple TV 4K is down to $160 on Amazon, which is close to an all-time-low price. It's the best high-end streaming device you can get and we gave it a score of 90 for its speedy performance, Dolby Vision and Atmos support and much improved Siri remote.

Buy Apple TV 4K at Amazon - $160AirPods ProAirPods ProBilly Steele / Engadget

The AirPods Pro, Apple's best sounding wireless earbuds, are back down to $179. That's $70 off their normal price and close to a record low. These buds earned a score of 87 from us for their IPX4 design, improved audio and solid ANC.

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Apple's AirPods Max are on sale for $449, or $100 off their normal price. We gave these expensive headphones a score of 84 for their stellar sound quality, good ANC and solid onboard controls.

Buy AirPods Max at Amazon - $44911-inch iPad Pro2021 Apple iPad ProApple

Amazon knocked $100 off most 11-inch iPad Pro models, bringing the 256GB WiFi version down to an all-time low of $800. We gave the larger version of the tablet a score of 87 for its powerful performance, lovely display and new Center Stage feature.

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The 512GB MacBook Air M1 has been discounted to $1,099. This is arguably the best Apple laptop for most people and it earned a score of 94 from us for its impressive performance, excellent battery life, lack of fan noise and good keyboard and trackpad.

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Apple's Mac Mini M1 is on sale for as low as $600 right now thanks to a few automatically applied coupons. The best deal is arguably on the 512GB version, which is $150 off and down to $750. The design of the small desktop hasn't changed much, but the big improvements come from the M1 chipset inside.

Buy Mac Mini M1 (256GB) at Amazon - $600Buy Mac Mini M1 (512GB) at Amazon - $750Bose QuietComfort earbudsBose QuietComfort EarbudsBilly Steele/Engadget

The Bose QuietComfort earbuds are down to an all-time low fo $199 right now. We gave these buds a score of 87 for their stellar noise cancellation, great sound quality and good battery life.

Buy QuietComfort earbuds at Amazon - $199Echo Show 8Amazon Echo Show 8Engadget

The mid-sized Echo Show 8 smart display is down to $100, which is close to the record-low price that we saw during Prime Day in June. We gave it a score of 87 for its minimalist design, lovely display and good sound quality.

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Anova's entry-level sous vide machine, the Nano, is down to $95 on Amazon right now. That's the best price we've seen on the kitchen gadget that would make a great gift for the serious home cook in your life. This model uses 750 watts of power to heat up water and it'll run for up to 3,000 hours before it needs to be recharged.

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You can save up to 67 percent on a bunch of games from Activision and Blizzard at GOG.com for the next couple of days. The sale includes Caesar, Pharaoh + Cleopatra, Singularity and others.

Shop Activison + Blizzard sale at GOG.comRazer Book

Amazon has a high-powered configuration of the Razer Book on sale for $1,200, or $400 off its normal price. It runs on an 11th-gen Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, Intel Iris Xe graphics and a 13.4-inch FHD+ touchscreen.

Buy Razer Book at Amazon - $1,200Sonos Arc (refurbished)

If you're willing to get a refurbished model, Sonos has its Arc soundbar for $80 off right now, and only the white model is on sale and in stock at the moment. We gave the Arc a score of 85 for its excellent sound quality, Dolby Atmos support and slick design.

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NordVPN, one of our favorite VPNs, is running a sale on a two-year subscription. You can sign up and pay $99 for two years, plus you'll get an extra three months free. We like NordVPN for its speed, its no-logs policy, the thousands of servers it has to choose from and that one account supports up to six connected devices.

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Another one of our top VPN services, Tunnelbear, is offering a two-year subscription for $100. You'll save 58 percent if you sign up with this deal, and we think Tunnelbear is one of the easiest VPNs to use, especially for those that don't want to go crazy configuring their connections.

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Follow @EngadgetDeals on Twitter for the latest tech deals and buying advice.

- Kris Holt
An NFT from Signal's founder will look like a poop emoji when someone owns it

Moxie Marlinspike, the founder of Signal, has created an NFT (non-fungible token) that mocks the entire concept of NFTs. "At my whim, #1," as the piece is titled, renders differently depending on where you see it. It has a contrasting appearance on NFT marketplaces OpenSea and Rarible, but the real fun will start if and when someone buys it. As noted by The Verge, Marlinspike says it will look like a big ol' poop emoji in the owner's wallet.

I created an NFT, but the image renders differently based on who's looking at it.For example, on OpenSea: https://t.co/XI0hSerW5y...vs on Rarible: https://t.co/gQTH4tcR9k...vs if you own it, it currently renders as a large 💩 emoji in your wallet. How this works:1/n

— Moxie Marlinspike (@moxie) October 12, 2021

An NFT is a unique digital token that's essentially a certificate of authenticity showing that someone owns a digital artwork, music or other collectible. It lives on the blockchain, with the idea that the blockchain's public ledger adds more security and transparency. Often, though, the media an NFT relates to isn't on the blockchain. The NFT is effectively a verified link to it.

That's the aspect of NFTs that Marlinspike is playing off of with "At my whim, #1." Whoever controls the URL's destination can change the image at any time. Marlinspike says his NFT renders differently depending on the IP or user agent "so the NFT image data isn't ever consistent, and what you bid on isn't what you get."

The description of the NFT on OpenSea and Rarible hints at that. "You may own (?) the results of this function call, but I own the function," it reads. At the time of writing, the highest bid on the NFT is around $1,067 worth of Ethereum, but Marlinspike can't be entirely sure that the bidders know what they're getting into. He asked on Twitter if any bidders would be willing to host an AMA (ask me anything) session and answer queries such as "Is it clear to you that what you're bidding on will render as Pile of poo emoji in your wallet?"

Would any of the people who've been bidding on my NFT be willing to host an AMA? I have so many questions.For example, "Is it clear to you that what you're bidding on will render as 💩 emoji in your wallet?"https://t.co/gBUl67rPvHhttps://t.co/ts3lkajS9W

— Moxie Marlinspike (@moxie) October 14, 2021

- Kris Holt
You can preorder the Xbox Series X Mini Fridge on October 19th

As promised, Microsoft will start shipping its Xbox Series X Mini Fridge in time for the holidays. The company said the fridge costs $100 and pre-orders start on October 19th. It will ship in December.

The mini fridge has its roots in an image Xbox tweeted to show the scale of the Xbox Series X versus a full-sized fridge. Microsoft actually made a six-foot fridge last year to promote the launch of the console. Now, after a Twitter battle of the brands victory, a mini version of the fridge is something you'll actually be able to buy.

The moment you’ve all been waiting for.Pre order begins for the Xbox Series X ‘Mini Fridge’ on October 19: https://t.co/XcjfXqYnpy#XboxandChill ❄️ pic.twitter.com/gOl2Qf0ZSi

— Xbox (@Xbox) October 15, 2021

Microsoft worked with merchandise manufacturer Ukonic! on the mini fridge, which has LEDs and a design to match the Xbox Series X. The small appliance can hold up to 12 cans of your favorite energy drink or another beverage. There's some space in the door's shelves for snacks too. A DC power adaptor is included, and there's a USB port, which could come in handy for recharging your Xbox Wireless Controller.

The mini fridge will be available via Target in the US and Canada. Folks in the UK can buy it from Game for £90. The fridge will also ship in France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Netherlands and Poland at the outset. Microsoft plans to bring the Xbox Mini Fridge to more markets next year, though where and when depends on regulatory approvals and restrictions in each country.

- Nathan Ingraham
Nintendo's Switch Online 'Expansion Pack' costs $50 a year, launches October 25th

Nintendo held a Direct video presentation this morning, announcing two major updates for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. One is a free bit of DLC, and the other is a paid, $25 expansion called Happy Home Paradise. Unexpectedly, Nintendo used this announcement to reveal the price of the upcoming Switch Online "expansion pack." The service, which adds classic N64 and Sega Genesis games to the existing Switch Online offerings, will cost $50 per year or $80 for a family plan. This expansion will include access to the $25 Happy Home Paradise DLC — so if you're an Animal Crossing: New Horizons player, it's like getting the rest of the Expansion Pack benefits for $5.

Shortly after this story was published, Nintendo released more details about the expansion pack, including its October 25th launch date. If you already have a Switch Online subscription, you'll be able to upgrade at a pro-rated cost depending on how much time was left on your original plan.There are more details about the expansion pack in the video above as well as on Nintendo's site.

Finally, you can now pre-order the N64 and Sega Genesis controllers that are compatible with the Switch. A single controller will cost $50, and there doesn't appear to be any discount for pairs. Given how good Nintendo's previous classic controllers have been, we expect these should feel like authentic reproductions.

[Announcement]Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Happy Home Paradise will also be included as part of a #NintendoSwitchOnline + Expansion Pass membership! Learn more; https://t.co/OAQxiyOpj1pic.twitter.com/HSk07X1j6L

— Isabelle (@animalcrossing) October 15, 2021

- Jon Fingas
What to expect at Google's Pixel 6 launch event

Google has shared quite a few details of the Pixel 6 series, but it hasn't revealed everything ahead of its October 19th event. Just how powerful will these phones be? Will they represent a good value? And does Google have any surprises up its sleeve? Here's what you can expect from the presentation, including a few last-minute leaks.

The specs: A return to flagship phones

Unlike with past phone launches, Google has been happy to share basic details of the Pixel 6 family months in advance. Both the base Pixel 6 and the larger, brawnier Pixel 6 Pro will mark Google's return to high-end phones after the Pixel 5 'break,' with premium glass designs. They'll offer upgraded cameras with improved low-light performance (150 percent more light than in the past), and they should tout "all day" battery life despite support for battery-hungry 5G.

The centerpiece, however, will be the Tensor chip inside both Pixel 6 models. Google hasn't officially divulged full specs for Tensor as of this writing, but it's the company's first custom system-on-chip. The design uses its namesake AI processing to achieve things that were "previously impossible" on typical SoCs, such as juggling multiple AI tasks or processing live video.

Google Tensor chip inside Pixel 6Google

However, Google hasn't said much about the exact specs of the Pixel 6 line or the range of Tensor-assisted features. Expect the company to share many more gritty technical details for the Pixel 6 at the event, although we wouldn’t count on enough info to make easy comparisons between Tensor and rival mobile chips.

You might not have to wait long to get the full scoop. Well-known leaker Evan Blass spotted Carphone Warehouse promo pages that appear to spoil much of what Google intends to announce. The standard Pixel 6 will likely compete against 'entry' flagships like the Galaxy S21 and iPhone 13 with a 6.4-inch flat 90Hz screen, a 50-megapixel main camera and a 12MP ultra-wide shooter. The Pixel 6 Pro, meanwhile, should be the definitive top-of-the-range model with a 6.7-inch curved 120Hz display and a third 48MP telephoto lens. You may also see 30W wired charging, 23W wireless charging and reverse charging to top up your earbuds or other phones.

As for Tensor? That retail listing claimed up to 80 percent better performance than the Pixel 5 (not difficult given the 5's middling Snapdragon 765G chip), but the real star may be Tensor's photographic prowess. Google reportedly plans multiple AI-driven camera tricks that include a Magic Eraser to get rid of photobombers, Face Unblur to keep people in focus and a Motion Mode for action photography. These aren't completely novel concepts (anti-photobombing has been present in Huawei and Samsung phones for a while), but they're new to Pixels and might perform better with Tensor involved.

A focus on services and supportGoogle Pixel 6 in peach at an angleGoogle

Google might also break new ground in how it sells the Pixel 6. This is Tech Today's M. Brandon Lee obtained what he says is evidence Google will make the Pixel 6 available as a part of a "Pixel Pass" that combines monthly phone payments with an extended warranty, Google One cloud storage, Play Pass, optional Google Fi service and either YouTube Music or YouTube Premium. Effectively, Google would counter Apple One by including virtually everything you need in a single subscription, not just internet services.

You could also enjoy better software support regardless of what you pay. Those Carphone Warehouse pages echoed longstanding rumors that Google would offer "at least" five years of security updates to Pixel 6 owners. That's more than the three to four years you often find in the Android world, and roughly on par with Apple. It's not clear if you'll get full operating system updates for those five years, but you might not have to worry about patchable vulnerabilities for the practical life of your Pixel.

Price and release date

There's little doubt the Pixel 6 will cost more than its predecessor. Where the Pixel 5 was an upper-mid-range phone, its sequel is an upscale device. Google has even made clear the Pixel 6 Pro will be a "premium-priced product." But how much more will you have to pay?

Google Pixel 6 Pro colorsGoogle

That's a difficult call. One Reddit user spotted a German listing that mentioned a €649 (about $750) price for the base Pixel 6. A source for This is Tech Today, meanwhile, quoted a price of €899 (roughly $1,050) for the 6 Pro. We'd be cautious about these prices, as they could change and might not convert neatly even if they're accurate. Still, Google is apparently returning to top-tier pricing.

Like it or not, Google will also borrow a cost- and waste-cutting measure from its rivals: it's leaving the charger out of the box. That's not too dire an omission when there's a real chance you'll have a USB-C charger hanging around, but it could be frustrating if you're either new to USB-C devices or saddled with a slow power brick. Factor that into the price before you rush to check out.

The German listing and other leaks have pointed to a Pixel 6 release sometime the week of October 25th. We'd expect a broad international launch, for that matter. Where the Pixel 5a was limited to the US and Japan due to supply constraints, the leaks so far already hint that Google wants to make the Pixel 6 as ubiquitous as possible.

Don't expect many surprisesGoogle Pixel 6 colorsGoogle

We wouldn't bet on Google announcing much else besides the Pixel 6 and its accompanying software. Google's marketing for the event has revolved exclusively around its new phones. It's unlikely that you'll see any other gadgets, and they'll definitely be secondary if they do appear.

That's not to completely rule out new hardware. It has been more than a year since Google debuted its higher-end Pixel Buds, and other devices like Nest WiFi haven't been updated in a while. There's just not much need for Google to revamp products beyond the Pixel line — what's there is still relevant and functional.

There's also the possibility of new or upgraded services. If Google really does introduce a Pixel Pass, it might want to sweeten the deal by offering more for the money, whether it's a brand new service or perks like more cloud storage. We haven't seen rumors to this effect so far, but Google also kept unlimited photo uploads for Pixel owners when it capped everyone else in June. The company knows that services sell hardware, and that may be crucial for the Pixel 6.

- Mariella Moon
Amazon slashes up to 26 percent off monitors from Dell and LG

Amazon's deal of the day includes a bunch of monitors and Chromebooks on sale for up to 26 percent lower than their usual price. Dell's 27-inch QHD curved gaming monitor, for instance, will set you back $270, which is an all-time low for the product on the website. That's a $60 discount from its usual price of $330. The 27-inch monitor has a 2560 x 1440 resolution and a 165Hz refresh rate that enables fast-moving visuals and faster reaction times. 

Buy 27-inch Dell Curved Monitor at Amazon - $270

LG's 27-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) 27GL83A-B IPS display is also on sale for $300, down $80 from its usual price and only $3 more than its all-time low. It's NVIDIA G-SYNC compatible and has an adjustable stand. Likewise, the 27-inch Acer Predator XB273U IPS gaming monitor is now available for $398, or $152 less than its usual price of $550. It's a widescreen 2560 x 1440-pixel resolution display that's also NVIDIA G-SYNC compatible and has a refresh rate of 170Hz. IPS displays have wide viewing angles, exhibiting minimal image distortion when viewed from different positions. They also have great color reproduction and visibility in sunlight. 

Buy 27-inch LG QHD Gaming Monitor at Amazon - $300Buy 27-inch Acer Predator Gaming Monitor at Amazon - $398

If you play competitive video games and need a monitor that can respond rapidly and make sure you don't miss anything onscreen, you can get Dell's 24.5-inch S2522HG full HD monitor instead. It has a refresh rate of 240Hz and can make fast-moving visuals more visible — it also uses IPS display tech for better viewing angles. This option will set you back $225, or $97.50 lower than its full price of $322, which is also an all-time low for the product on Amazon.

Buy 24.5-inch Dell Gaming Monitor at Amazon - $225

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- Valentina Palladino
Most 11-inch iPad Pro models are $100 off at Amazon right now

Those looking for a powerful laptop alternative need look no further than this year's iPad Pros. Outfitted with Apple's M1 chipset, they're the most powerful tablets the company has ever made. Now you can get an 11-inch iPad Pro for less at Amazon thanks to a $100 discount that's dropped the prices of most available models. The base 128GB version is sold out right now, but the 256GB WiFi model is down to $800, which is a record low. The sale also includes the 512GB, 1TB and 2TB iPad Pros, which are on sale for $1,000, $1,400 and $1,799, respectively.

Buy 11-inch iPad Pro (256GB) at Amazon - $800

These iPad Pros don't look very different from their predecessors because Apple focused most of the updates on the internals. Inside is the company's M1 processor, which makes the tablets run similarly to the MacBook Air M1 — which is to say, remarkably fast and smooth. When we reviewed the larger of the two Pros, we were impressed by its ability to play laborious games and piece together 4K video without breaking a sweat. The latest iPad Pros also support 5G connectivity, along with a USB-C port for charging and a new ultra-wide camera that enables Center Stage. When paired with the right accessories, these iPads are the closest things Apple has made to laptop replacements or 2-in-1 machines.

The biggest difference between the 11-inch and the 12.9-inch iPad Pros is in the screen. In addition to being larger, the 12.9-inch's display is a Liquid Retina XDR panel, which will make a difference when doing things like watching videos and editing photos. And that comes with a higher price tag — the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $1,099, but it's been on sale for $999 on Amazon for a few months. You're still getting a lovely display on the 11-inch model, though — it's a 2,388 x 1668 resolution Liquid Retina display with ProMotion and True Tone technology, so don't think you're giving anything up by going with the slightly smaller tablet (and saving some money in the process).

Follow @EngadgetDeals on Twitter for the latest tech deals and buying advice.

- Devindra Hardawar
Engadget Podcast: Diving into the Apple Watch Series 7 and Twitch's big hack

This week, Cherlynn and Devindra chat about what to expect from Apple’s upcoming event (new MacBooks, baby!), as well as all of the other launch shindigs from Google, Samsung and Sony. Cherlynn also tells all about her Apple Watch Series 7 review, and why she hates testing sleep tracking gadgets. And to catch up on some big news from last week, Manda Farough from the Virtual Economy Podcast joins to dive into the massive Twitch hack.

Listen below, or subscribe on your podcast app of choice. If you've got suggestions or topics you'd like covered on the show, be sure to email us or drop a note in the comments! And be sure to check out our other podcasts, the Morning After and Engadget News!

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- Nathan Mattise
The Every: When Big Tech rules all, don’t say Dave Eggers didn’t warn us
Bestselling author talks latest "sequel," in which humanity cedes control to tech.
- Jennifer Ouellette
The Weeping Angels are as terrifying as ever in Doctor Who: Flux trailer
"There's no use being squeamish, we've got the future to save."
- Beth Mole
FDA advisors recommend J&J boosters for all as agency eyes mix-and-match doses
FDA advisors recommend a second J&J dose for everyone ages 18 and up.
- Ron Amadeo
Continuous scrolling comes to mobile Google Search
The mobile site and app will soon let you scroll and scroll.
- Andrew Cunningham
Fixes for AMD Ryzen performance, other Windows 11 issues rolling out to testers now
Update is reportedly being prepared for public release early next week.
- Jon Brodkin
Trumpist county clerk barred after leak of voting-system passwords to QAnon
Peters lied about "consultant" who copied data; deputy clerk had cameras disabled.
- Jennifer Ouellette
The proof’s in the poop: Austrians have loved beer, blue cheese for 2,700 years
They also ate primarily cereal grains, supplemented with beans, fruits, nuts, or meat.
- Andrew Cunningham
MacBook Pros, an “M1X” chip, and other stuff to expect at Apple’s October event
New Macs, an "M1X" chip, and even new AirPods could all be on offer.
- Scharon Harding
You may soon be able to answer phone calls on your Chromebook
Update would give Chrome OS a feature Windows and macOS already offer.
- Eric Berger
NASA’s Lucy mission will soon be in the sky, with a launch set for Saturday
"Each one of these tells us a chapter of the story that we're all a part of."
- Tim De Chant
Theranos’ second lab director got $5K a month to rubber-stamp forms
COO Balwani hired his longtime dermatologist to run Theranos’ lab.
- Eric Berger
Rocket Report: Virgin Galactic stands down, SpaceX faces environmental lawsuit
"Will I be able to break ground tomorrow? No. Do I want to break ground tomorrow? Yeah."
- Steve Haske
Metroid Dread developer leaves names out of credits, ex-staffers say
"Why do I not appear on the game's credits? Is it some kind of mistake?"
- Jennifer Ouellette
Seminal Michael Faraday paper digitally stored in fluorescent dyes
The dyes are cheap to make, but they can't be read without a special microscope.
- Beth Mole
FDA advisors unanimously green-light Moderna boosters for people 65+, high-risk
Moderna boosters are recommended for the same groups eligible for a Pfizer booster.
- Jon Brodkin
Missouri gov. calls journalist who found security flaw a “hacker,” threatens to sue
Governor also threatens to sue paper for finding flaw that exposed teachers' SSNs.
- Ron Amadeo
Tile’s 2022 lineup has longer battery life, longer range, and a UWB model
Tile takes on Apple AirTags and Samsung SmartTags in 2022 with new tracker.
- Steve Haske
Activision claims Call of Duty’s new anti-cheat system won’t look at your files
High-level security driver allegedly only runs when games are active, server-side protections also included.
- Ax Sharma
Passengers couldn’t fly after NHS vaccine passport went offline
Outage lasted approximately 4 hours, causing issues with health app.
- John Timmer
Biden administration plans for offshore wind everywhere
The US presents a roadmap for leasing on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf Coasts.

Crystal Tse / Bloomberg: Expensify files for an IPO, and reports net income of $15M on revenue of $65M in H1 2021, up from $3.5M on revenue of $41M in H1 2020  —  Expensify Inc. filed for an initial public offering, disclosing growing revenue and income.  —  The maker of expense management software in its filing Friday …

Chavi Mehta / Reuters: Jack Dorsey says Square is considering building an open source Bitcoin miner, using custom silicon, for individuals and businesses  —  Square Inc (SQ.N) Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey said on Friday the fintech firm is looking to build a bitcoin mining system based on custom silicon …

- Jay Peters
Dbrand pulls its PS5 Darkplates from sale after Sony threatens legal action

Earlier this year, Dbrand started selling matte black PS5 side plates that it called Darkplates, and when it did, it baited Sony right on the product’s info page to “Go ahead, sue us.” We got our hands on some, and they look exactly like you expect, making the sides of your PS5 black instead of white. They even have their own tongue-in-cheek take on the PlayStation icon microtexture.

As of Saturday, though, you can’t buy Darkplates anymore, as Dbrand has removed them from sale after (perhaps unsurprisingly) receiving a cease and desist letter from Sony. (If you visit the Darkplates site right now, it just shows a list of news articles, including ones from The Verge).

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- Jay Peters
After seeing new leaked photos of the Pixel 6, I think I finally get the phone’s unusual design
The Pixel 6’s distinctive look is easy to spot at a distance. | Image: Evan Blass on Twitter

We’re just a few days away from Google’s October 19th launch event for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, but if you want an early look at what to expect, you might want to check out this big thread of leaked images from prolific leaker Evan Blass. The thread includes what appear to be official renders of both phones, images of cases, and some photos of people using the phones — and it’s that last category of images that were the most interesting to me.

Ever since early rumored renders of the Pixel 6 lineup hit the web, I wondered exactly why Google decided to make the massive camera bar across the back of both phones. It never really appealed to me, and since the bar isn’t flush with the back of the phones, I’ve been worried it’s going to...

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- Sean Hollister
A year later, Apple’s MagSafe continues to underwhelm
The watch charger flips up so you can use the Apple Watch in nightstand mode. Photo by Dieter Bohn / The Verge

One year ago yesterday, I wrote how MagSafe could be the biggest reason to buy an iPhone 12. I believed it, too. It looked like Apple had cracked the code to effortlessly accessorize the iPhone and even add modular new capabilities. The company showed its pricey new MagSafe cases and wallets seemingly snapping into place, plus faster wireless charging. The future looked bright.

But if you became an early adopter like me, you might have wound up disappointed. As Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman points out, two of Apple’s first overpriced MagSafe accessories are already out of date. First, we just learned Friday that Apple’s $129 MagSafe Duo Charger can’t fast-charge an Apple Watch Series 7. Second, Apple has already replaced the $59 MagSafe...

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- Mitchell Clark
US Treasury says ransomware payouts in 2021 could top entire past decade
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

The ransomware business is booming this year and could be bringing in billions for some of its top players, according to a report released by the US Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN (via The Record). The report analyzed the massive growth in ransomware payments in the first half of 2021 by looking at suspicious activity reports from financial institutions and was even able to estimate how much some hacking groups were making by analyzing blockchain transactions linked to their wallets.

The report found that reports of suspicious ransomware-related transactions totaled around $590 million from January 2021 to June 2021. One of the most shocking numbers in the report is that the top 10 hacking groups have...

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- Mitchell Clark
Valve bans blockchain games and NFTs on Steam, Epic will try to make it work
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Games that use blockchain technology or let users exchange NFTs or cryptocurrencies won’t be allowed on Steam, according to a rule added to Valve’s “What you shouldn’t publish on Steam” list. The change was pointed out by SpacePirate, a developer working on an NFT-based game, who said that the change was because the company doesn’t allow game items that could have real-world value. But Steam could also be avoiding controversy with the move.

Steam is one of the most well-known PC game stores, but it’s not the only one. While Epic’s CEO Tim Sweeney has said that the company isn’t interested in touching NFTs, that policy doesn’t seem to apply to games in its store: Epic told The Verge that it’s “open” to the idea of games that use NFTs or...

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- Mitchell Clark
Epic says it’s ‘open’ to blockchain games after Steam bans them
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Epic tells The Verge that it’s “open to games that support cryptocurrency or blockchain-based assets” on its game store, unlike its competitor Valve which has banned games that feature blockchain technology or NFTs from Steam. When we asked about allowing games that featured NFTs, Epic told us there’d be some limitations, but that it’s willing to work with “early developers” in the “new field.”

Epic says that the games would have to comply with financial laws, make it clear how the blockchain is used, and have appropriate age ratings. It also says that developers won’t be able to use Epic’s payment service to accept crypto; they would have to use their own payment systems instead.

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- Emma Roth
McDonald’s is testing the McPlant, a Beyond Meat meatless burger
New McPlant McDonald’s burger Photo by McDonald’s

McDonald’s new plant-based burger, aptly named the McPlant, is coming to eight restaurants across the US (via CNBC). The fast-food chain teamed up with Beyond Meat to make the meatless option. This comes about a year after McDonald’s ended its P.L.T. pilot, another Beyond Meat branded burger.

It’s still unclear what the differences are between the McPlant and the P.L.T., other than the name. A post on McDonald’s website says that the McPlant patty will contain peas, rice, and potatoes and will also be topped with tomatoes, lettuce, onions, pickles, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, and American cheese. That sounds a lot like the P.L.T., but we won’t really know until the start of its test on November 3rd. It’s also important to note that the...

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- Kim Lyons
Human rights activist suing Twitter for allegedly giving Saudi spies access to his info
Twitter’s blue bird silhouette logo on a black background. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

A Saudi human rights activist has filed a lawsuit against Twitter, alleging that the company hired two people who spied on behalf of the government of Saudi Arabia and accessed his personal information.

Ali Al-Ahmed, head of the human rights advocacy organization Institute for Gulf Affairs, has frequently been critical of the Saudi government. Twitter, Al-Ahmed claims, did not have the right to disclose or share his private information under its own privacy policy and should have done more to protect his information. He names two men in the suit who were indicted last year (.pdf) by federal prosecutors for working as agents of the Saudi government while working for Twitter several years ago.

Al-Ahmed also claims in the lawsuit that his...

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- Ian Carlos Campbell
Moscow adds facial recognition payment system to more than 240 metro stations
Face Pay launched at all Moscow Underground stations Photo by TASS\TASS via Getty Images

Moscow launched “Face Pay” on Friday, a facial recognition payment system implemented in more than 240 Mosmetro stations, “the largest use of facial recognition technology in the world,” officials claim (via The Guardian). The service relies on stored photographs to validate metro payments, an obvious privacy concern given the previous uses of facial recognition technology by the Russian capital’s law enforcement.

Face Pay requires metro riders to upload a photo and connect their bank and metro cards to the Mosmetro mobile app. With everything uploaded, all you need to do is look at the camera posted above the turnstiles to make it in time for your next train. Moscow authorities expect 10 to 15 percent of riders to use Face Pay...

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- Richard Lawler
Busta Rhymes has questions about NFTs, and he has NFTs for sale
Nas Performs At City Harvest Benefit Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage

You can’t always take Busta Rhymes literally, and sometimes you shouldn’t take his questions seriously at all, but a tweet from this morning about NFTs is solidly in line with the disturbing reality of 2021.

SHOULD I BUY A HOUSE… or.. A LINK TO A PICTURE OF A PIXELATED MONKEY

— Busta Rhymes (@BustaRhymes) October 15, 2021

I won’t give you, or Busta, any help with your investment or trading decisions. However, understanding that some NFTs are a link to a picture on a server that could change or disappear is information worth knowing before you spend your hard-earned cryptocurrency on a digital collectible.

And yes, Busta Rhymes is talking about crypto and NFTs for the same reason almost anyone else is. Just like every TV network, s...

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- C. Scott Brown
Oxygen OS 12 beta hands-on: Color OS by any other name
If you want to know what Oxygen OS 12 could be like when it lands on your OnePlus phone, we have an early look here.
- Paula Beaton
Weekly Authority Edition #164
Settle in for the week's top tech news in a five-minute read or less! — The Weekly Authority
- Robert Triggs
Huawei's first 3:2 16-inch notebook, the MateBook 16, packs performance and style but is it the complete package?
- Dhruv Bhutani
All the fitness bells and whistles without the premium trimmings make the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro hard to justify for the price.
- Kaitlyn Cimino
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- Chase Bernath
Just $699 for the OnePlus 9 and Buds Pro, plus more of the latest OnePlus deals
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- Frederick Blichert
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- Luke Little
The traveling professional should have the best travel mouse in their bag.
- C. Scott Brown
Here’s a sneak peek at ‘Bloom’ wallpapers on the Google Pixel 6 series
They are pretty fancy with parallax and blur features.
- Palash Volvoikar
How to watch Apple’s October 2021 event and what to expect
MacBooks? Macs? AirPods? iPod? Keep your eyes peeled for a host of new hardware.
- Matt Horne
Save 31% on Mario Kart Live Home Circuit, and more Nintendo Switch deals
Level up your Nintendo Switch game library and accessories with these great deals, including $31 off Mario Kart Live.
- C. Scott Brown
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- Mark Hachman
Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable review: An excellent business tablet PC
Dell’s Latitude 7320 Detachable rivals what some may call the definitive Windows tablet, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7+. The Latitude 7320 may be a little more expensive, but it also boasts Thunderbolt connectivity, a one-two punch of biometric security options, and a suite of genuinely useful utilities. Unfortunately, the Latitude 7320 is not immune to […]
- Mark Hachman
Best Windows tablet 2021: Surface Pro vs. Dell, HP, and Lenovo tablets
The best Windows tablets squeeze as much performance, battery life, and features as they can inside their ultraportable form factors. Also sometimes referred to as 2-in-1s, thanks to their ability to function as a laptop with the aid of rotating or removable keyboards, these compact PCs can replace a traditional laptop or an iPad for […]
- Mark Hachman
On Friday, Microsoft began testing a fix to eliminate the cache latency issues that have plagued PCs powered by AMD Ryzen processors running Windows 11. However, the patch, part of Windows 11 Build 22000.282, is available just to the Windows Insider Beta and Release channels—both opportunities for members of Microsoft’s beta program to test new […]
- Gordon Mah Ung
Intel Alder Lake to offer a non-hybrid version and AVX512, too
Intel is planning to offer an 8-core version of its hybrid Alder Lake chip—without efficiency cores—and will apparently offer AVX512 support too, according to a developer guide released by the company. The two tidbits were in a gaming software developer guide Intel released on its website to help game developers prepare for its 12th gen […]
- Brad Chacos
The best graphics cards for PC gaming
Most people who are in the market for a new graphics card have one primary question in mind: Which card will give me the most bang for my buck? Obviously, the answer will vary depending on your budget. Beyond that, there are a number of factors to  consider: Raw performance is important, but so are things […]
- Marshall Gunnell
How to check what graphics card you have
Every computer has a graphics processing unit (GPU), and what kind of GPU you have largely determines which applications and games you can smoothly run. Before you buy expensive software, check which GPU you have to make sure your PC can handle it. Why you should know which graphics card you have Before we get […]
- Ian Paul
You can lock down your PC and get productive for a fraction of the usual price right now. Newegg is selling a bundle with one year of Microsoft 365 Family and one year of AVG Internet Security for just $70 combined. That’s $65 off the MSRP of the two products separately, and an absolutely awesome […]
- Alaina Yee
Edit PDFs right in your browser with Adobe’s upgraded Acrobat extension
Good news, Chrome and Edge users—you no longer need to download PDFs in order to make basic edits. Earlier this week, Adobe officially rolled out new features to its Chrome extension, giving you the ability to skip the standalone application for common tasks. A phased rollout for Edge users will begin later this month as […]
- Ian Paul
Today is the day to pick-up a new laptop, Chromebook, or monitor at Amazon. The online retailer is throwing a huge one-day sale on all of these PC-rific items. The deals end just before midnight on Friday evening Pacific time. We’ve sifted through all the deals to identify our favorite picks from the sale, though […]
- Matt Elliott
PC diehards are wrong: Why I love Windows 11’s controversial new look
Let me start with a disclaimer: I am primarily a Mac user writing about Windows 11. For more than a decade, I’ve used a MacBook Pro as my primary work computer. I’m no stranger, however, to Microsoft’s operating system. Prior to my embrace of macOS, I used a Windows PC at my job and at […]

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- Sean Szymkowski
2022 Toyota Tundra, Subaru BRZ, Lexus LX 600 and more: Roadshow's week in review     - Roadshow
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- Brian Bennett
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- Jon Skillings
9 great reads from CNET this week: Scotch whisky, NASA's Lucy, ransomware and more     - CNET
How Scotch distilleries are crafting whisky for tomorrow's world, what the Lucy spacecraft will be up to out in the solar system, why ransomware is now a national security threat, and much more.
- Chowhound Staff
The best wine club for 2021     - CNET
Wine subscriptions abound in 2021. Find the wine club that's best for you.
- Katie Teague
6 smelly, slimy signs that it's time to purge food from your fridge and pantry     - CNET
It's time for some condiments to go, too. We'll show you what to look out for.
- Katie Teague
Best COVID-19 face masks for kids: KN95, disposable, cloth and more     - CNET
If your child is back in the classroom this school year, you'll need to stock up on masks designed for kids to help protect against COVID-19.
- Roadshow staff
Best new cars under $40,000 on sale today     - Roadshow
$40,000 can buy a lot of car. Let us help you find the right one.
- Lisa Eadicicco
I switched to the iPhone 13 Mini. Here are 3 things I loved -- and 3 I hated     - CNET
Commentary: Apple's smaller smartphone doesn't have me convinced.
- Jackson Ryan
NASA's Lucy spacecraft launches on first ever mission to Jupiter's Trojan asteroids     - CNET
The asteroids are 4.6-billion-year-old relics from the solar system's earliest days.
- Dave Johnson
Hey, bookworm! Save $29 by getting three months of Kindle Unlimited for 99 cents     - CNET
Usually $10 per month, Kindle Unlimited gives you unlimited access to over a million books.
- Brian Cooley
EV range: Maximize an electric car's potential     - Roadshow
Check these tips to make sure you make sure you maximize an EV's range.
- Brian Bennett
Google Pixel 6 vs. Pixel 5: How we think the newer phone will stack up     - CNET
Google's Pixel 6 will be unveiled next week. In the meantime, here's what we've heard about what's changing from last year.
- Ty Pendlebury
Sonos Beam Gen 2 review: Atmos, Alexa and the best music streaming get even better     - CNET
Excellent features and sound quality make this compact soundbar worth the money.
- Alison DeNisco Rayome
Microsoft launched Windows 11. Now what? Essential info about the new OS     - CNET
What's in Windows 11? Who has access to the new OS today? Here's everything we know.
- Joshua Goldman
Best Nintendo Switch accessories for 2021     - CNET
From controllers to charging to protection, here are our recommendations to keep you playing at your best.
- Molly Price
5 subtle devices that don't scream 'smart home'     - CNET
Not every connected thing in your home needs to be flashy. These products prove it.
- Kara Tsuboi
New gadgets expected at Apple's and Google's events next week video     - CNET
In this week's top stories, William Shatner (aka Captain Kirk) became the oldest person to go to space. Also, Apple and Google are set to announce more new products next week.
- Alexandra Garrett
Apple's October event: New Macs, AirPods 3 and all other rumors     - CNET
Apple's next event is set for Oct. 18. Here's everything we know so far.
- Sean Szymkowski
Best bug and tar remover for cars     - Roadshow
Removing bugs and other road grime is a real pain, but not when you have the best products at your disposal.
- Ian Sherr
How to watch Apple's October event live without leaving your couch     - CNET
We're expecting to see new Mac computers powered by Apple silicon, as well as potentially some new AirPods.
- Gabe Gurwin
The best Nintendo Switch shooter games
The Nintendo Switch is home to excellent shooting games like BioShock, Overwatch, Cuphead, and more. Here, we'll go through the best shooters on the system.
- Rick Marshall
The best movies on Disney+ right now
Hundreds of films are on Disney's streaming video service, from Star Wars to Pixar to Marvel flicks. We've rounded up the best of them for you in this list.
- Rick Marshall
The 50 best movies on Netflix right now
Netflix is a trove, but sifting through the streaming platform's library of titles is a daunting task. Thankfully, we've rounded up the best films available.
- Christine Persaud
The 60 best shows on Amazon Prime Video right now
After sifting through hundreds of shows on Amazon Prime Video, we've chosen the best ones available for streaming, from the classics to new originals.
- Michael Bizzaco
The 99 best movies on Hulu right now
From award-winning dramas to the latest hits, Hulu has an awesome collection of movies. We've put together the best films currently available on the streamer.
- Rick Marshall
The best shows on Disney+ right now
Disney+ is packed with fan-favorite TV series, including Star Wars and Marvel shows, Disney Channel originals, and more. These are the best you can stream now.
- Derek Malcolm
The 49 best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now
From new movies to the classics, we've hunted through Amazon Prime Video's library so you don't have to. Updated weekly, here's the best on offer right now.
- Rick Marshall
The 91 best movies on HBO Max right now
HBO Max offers fans several reasons to stay home and enjoy their subscriptions thanks to an unmatched lineup of movies from the past and the present.
- Michael Archambault
The best comedies on Amazon Prime
If you're looking for a few laughs, you might want to turn to Amazon Prime Video. From classic laughs to darker fare, we round up the best comedies it has.
- Nick Perry
The 66 best shows on Hulu right now
It can be overwhelming to navigate Hulu's robust library of TV shows, but this list is continually updated to bring you the best shows that Hulu has to offer.
- Rick Marshall
The best shows to binge-watch on Netflix right now
From The Good Place to The Squid Game, Netflix keeps adding more great shows every week! Here are the best shows available for you to stream right now.
- Ajay Kumar
24 hours hands-on with the Apple Watch Series 7: Bigger is better
I spent 24 hours going hands-on with the Apple Watch Series 7. Here are my first impressions.
- Christine Persaud
The best new shows to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and more
Every week, new and exciting shows are made available to stream on the most popular services, and we've curated a list of the best ones to watch.
- Jacob Roach
Is Alder Lake good at gaming? Intel says developers need ‘careful planning’
A new developer guide from Intel shows how game devs can take advantage of its hybrid architecture. And it reveals some key details about the upcoming range.
- Caleb Clark
Wild rumors claim an unlikely feature is coming to the new MacBook Pros
Rumors about a notch on the new MacBooks are flooding the internet, but do they hold any water? We don’t think so, and here’s why. There’s no FaceID.
- Blair Marnell
Marvel’s Eternals go monster hunting in first official clip
In the distant past, three of Marvel's Eternals take on their foes, the Deviants, in a first-look clip from the next big-screen adventure in the MCU.
- Otto Kratky
Switch Online + Expansion Pack’s pricing gives the service too much credit
Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack customers have to fork over $50 and forget the company's online track record.
- Erin Lawrence
What are ionizer air purifiers and do they work?
Trying to learn about the best way to purify the air in your home or office? Air ionizers are one way to go, but do they work?
- Simon Sage
Do air purifiers help with allergies?
Learn how air purifiers help with allergies by capturing pollen via HEPA and other types of filters.
- Michael Allison
WhatsApp’s online backups are getting end-to-end encryption
WhatsApp's backups are now end-to-end encrypted in the cloud as Facebook rolls out a new update.
Free Guy did nothing for me, because I am the enemy of fun
Free Guy is a movie made for people who don't actually like computer games, but that's not its real problem.
I played Deathloop on the 10-inch screen in an EV, and it was painful
You can plug a PS5 into the Honda e and play full console games in this electric car.
Apple Unleashed October 2021 event: what we expect to see
Apple's October 2021 event Unleashed! is expected to show off several new devices including the AirPods 3 and new MacBook Pros powered by the M1X.
How Steam refunds are a blessing and a curse
Steam refunds are a three-way controversy. Here we look at they system's pros and cons.
Dbrand declares its PS5 Darkplates 'are dead’ after Sony threatens legal action
Dbrand has stopped selling its PS5 faceplates following contact from Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Best monitors for Xbox Series X 2021
The Xbox Series X ticks quite a few modern upgrades to your console gaming experience. So should the gaming monitor you use with it.
That new MacBook Black Friday deal might be harder to get than ever in 2021
Getting a new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air this Black Friday might be even harder than ever thanks to just-in-time production.
The latest Google Pixel 6 leaks include images, promos and specs
We've got more Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro leaks for you, including some promotional photos and videos.
Here's why tablet deals could be the best part of Black Friday in 2021
With so many Android tablets on the market in 2021, the Black Friday deals promise to be plentiful.
Apple Watch 8: what we want to see
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6 things we'd like to see from the rumored Sony A7 IV
The rumor mill is predicting the arrival of a Sony A7 IV full-frame camera soon. But what does it need to be as game-changing as its predecessor?
This handy tip could net you a hefty saving on a KitchenAid mixer on Black Friday
KitchenAid stand mixers aren’t cheap, so it’s no surprise they’re popular Black Friday deals and this tip will ensure you net a bargain.
5 things about the Google Pixel 6 we have left to learn
Here are 5 Google Pixel 6 things we have left to learn about the new phone when it’s revealed on October 19.
The unexpected benefits of playing video games at work
A company called Stakester gives staff free rein to play video games throughout the day.
State-sponsored attackers infiltrate Play Store with fake VPN app
Google's Threat Analysis Group is working behind the scenes to keep 'high risk' users safe from cyber threats.
Microsoft is toying with a new way to roll out Windows 11 updates
Update Stack Packages in Windows 11 will deliver new update improvements outside of major OS updates.
The best early Black Friday deal is LG's C1 OLED TV on sale for a record-low price
We've spotted LG's stunning OLED TV on sale for a record-low price of $1,796.99 in Amazon's early Black Friday deals.
GTA Remastered Trilogy system requirements dash hopes for full remake
Leak of the GTA Remastered Trilogy system requirements indicate the game will be pretty much the same as the originals, but with upscaled textures and other minor tweaks.
Steam is now banning all games that engage in cryptocurrency or NFT trading
Valve is now banning all games that feature cryptocurrency or NFT trading from its Steam storefront.
Did the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 just get better? Official video teases new colors
You might soon be able to pick the colors on your Samsung Z Fold 3 or Z Flip 3 foldables, according to a new teaser video.
- Tony Hoffman
SanDisk Professional G-Drive ArmorATD
Rugged platter storage for Mac loyalists

The SanDisk Professional G-Drive ArmorATD (starts at $89.99 for 1TB; $109.99 for 2TB as tested) is a cost-effective, semi-rugged external hard drive available in capacities up to 5TB. As a spinning (5,400rpm) platter drive, its speed is typical of its class, meaning well short …

- Tony Hoffman
SanDisk Professional G-Drive SSD
A compact, take-anywhere SSD that plays well with Macs

Western Digital's new SanDisk Professional line, of which the SanDisk Professional G-Drive SSD ($149.99 for 500GB; $359.99 for 2TB as tested) is one of the first products, is touted as offering premium storage solutions for content creators and professionals. The G-Drive SSD fits that bill. It costs a little more …

- John R. Delaney
TP-Link Archer AX73 AX5400 Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi 6 Router
Strong 5GHz throughput, but backed by few extras

Designed for three-bedroom houses, the TP-Link Archer AX73 ($199.99) is a dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router that installs in minutes and offers strong parental controls and basic network security protection. It delivered solid 5GHz throughput and decent file transfer performance in our tests, but its …

- John R. Delaney
Asustor Drivestor 2 AS1102T
A simple, affordable, powerful NAS

An entry-level storage solution for all of your home's data, the Asustor Drivestor 2 AS1102T ($169.99) is a reasonably priced two-bay network-attached storage (NAS) device that offers a handful of features typically found on more expensive NAS products. It's not often you see multi-gig LAN ports …

- Neil J. Rubenking, Ben Moore
Keeper Password Manager & Digital Vault
A top pick for securely managing your passwords on every platform

The main reason to use a password manager is to create varied, strong passwords for every website and app you use—ones that you don't have to remember for yourself. However, it's also important that you can access your passwords from every one of your devices …

- Daniel Brame
Microsoft 365 Business Premium
The best all-around email and productivity hosting service

Microsoft 365 Business Premium is the most feature-rich email hosting provider we've tested, which stands to reason seeing as how it's been around such a long time. The service makes domain and email setup easy for any sized business and has lots of migration …

- Daniel Brame
Google Workspace Business Standard
Excellent email hosting that's also a solid value

Google Workspace, formerly known as GSuite, remains one of the top business-class email hosting choices. You get a maximum of 300 users, a hefty 2TB of cloud storage per user, 150 participant video meetings with recordings through Google Meet, and the suite of Google tools …

- Daniel Brame
Intermedia Hosted Exchange Email
First-class, cloud-hosted Microsoft Exchange servers

Intermedia Hosted Exchange is a powerful outlier in the world of hosted email. It offers unlimited mailbox storage, free migration help by experts, and ActiveSync for mobile devices, plus access to Intermedia AnyMeeting, 2GB of file-sharing storage, and innovative security …

- Daniel Brame
Fastmail
Low-cost email hosting with an emphasis on privacy

Fastmail isn't a household name in the hosted email space, but it's got a solid offering. You don't get a big suite of productivity tools with this platform as you do with our Editors' Choice award winners Google …

- Daniel Brame
ProtonMail Professional
Secure email for small and micro businesses

ProtonMail is an ultra-secure email hosting provider based in Geneva, Switzerland. You might know the consumer version of this service, which offers free accounts with 500MB of storage and 150 messages per day, but there's a business-oriented offering, too.

ProtonMail Professional …

- Daniel Brame
GoDaddy Microsoft 365 Business Premium
A Microsoft 365 re-sell with some twists

If you're in the market for a web hosting service, GoDaddy is almost certainly on your shopping list. And though its various tiers include email hosting options, the company also offers its own rebranded version of Microsoft 365 Business Premium. While it offers feature parity and …

- Daniel Brame
Rackspace Email Plus
Tries to squeeze between basic email and Microsoft 365, with little success

Formerly known as Rackspace Hosted Exchange, Rackspace Email Plus is a low-cost email hosting answer for users that need only slightly more than just a mailbox but less, than a full productivity suite like the ones that come with two of our Editors' Choice winners …

- John R. Delaney
Should You Upgrade to Wi-Fi 6?
Wi-Fi 6 promises faster performance, better battery life for your mobile devices, and less bandwidth congestion. Is it time to take advantage by upgrading your router? Here's what you need to know.

It’s been almost two years since Wi-Fi 6 technology made its debut, and there is now a wealth of router and client devices available that will take advantage of all that this powerful wireless networking standard has to offer. Wi-Fi 6 (otherwise known as 802.11ax) brings faster throughput speeds, better …

- Michael Kan
Steam To Ban Games That Use Blockchain Tech For Cryptocurrencies and NFTs
The developer of one upcoming game that'll use non-fungible tokens is not happy.

Steam will no longer welcome games that involve blockchain-powered cryptocurrencies or NFTs, according to a newly-added rule.

The developer of the game Age of Rust pointed out the new rule on Friday. “A few minutes ago, we were notified that Steam will be kicking all blockchain games

- Nathaniel Mott
State Attorneys General Seek More Info About Facebook's XCheck Program
The group of 14 state attorneys general wants to know if Facebook protected the 'Disinformation Dozen.'

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong has announced a coalition of 14 state attorneys general seeking additional information about the XCheck program that gave an estimated 5.8 million Facebook users—including politicians, celebrities, and influencers—special treatment.

The Wall Street Journal revealed the XCheck program in …

- Jason Cohen
25 Top-Rated Gadget Gifts for Men
Whether you're shopping for a husband, boyfriend, brother, father, or friend, this hand-picked gift list includes some of the best products we've tested.
- Nathaniel Mott
Thingiverse Data Breach Reveals Passwords, User Addresses
And the number of affected users is somewhere between 500 and 2 million.

Have I Been Pwned? revealed a data breach at Thingiverse, a MakerBot-operated platform where 3D printing enthusiasts can share designs with each other, that was originally believed to have revealed data related to approximately 228,000 email addresses. But there's an ongoing dispute regarding the scope of …

- Steven Winkelman
Motorola Moto Edge (2021)
Motorola loses its Edge

A lot changes in a year. In 2020, we recommended the $699.99 Moto Edge to anyone looking for 5G connectivity for under $1,000. The 2021 edition of the Moto Edge carries the same price, but 5G connectivity no longer carries the same premium. That puts more of a focus on …

- Michael Muchmore
Customizing Windows 11: How to Change Default Apps
With Windows 11, Microsoft makes it a little more difficult to choose which apps handle webpages, photos, and documents. Follow these steps to set default apps for all your file types.

Windows 11 adds slick design updates and some great new options to Microsoft’s desktop OS, but it doesn’t make everything easier. The process for changing default apps is a notable example.

In Windows 10, it’s easy to choose a default music …

- Sascha Segan
Analyst Report: Buyers Are Flipping for Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip3
Both Samsung and an independent analyst say that the new smaller folding smartphone is a winner.

Samsung's new folding smartphones are selling "well above expectations" and stores are having trouble keeping them in stock, according to a new report from Wave7 Research.

Wave7 tracks US smartphone sales by surveying reps at major carrier stores. While the new Z Flip3 and <a alt="Z …

- Jeff Grubb
Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack is expensive and ‘mid’ | GB Decides 218
The Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack is $50 per year, and that seems like a lot. But Nintendo also likes money.
- Mike Minotti
The RetroBeat: Consoles that should be in Nintendo Switch Online’s Expansion Pack
Nintendo announced today that it's new tier for Nintendo Switch Online is going to costs $50 a year, and I'm still trying to process that.
- Rebecca O'Keeffe, Jobbio
3 jobs to apply for this weekend (including a REALLY cool one at Twitter)
This week, we’re bringing you three brilliant roles that are available on VentureBeat Careers. Time to get applying.
- Dean Takahashi
Steam reportedly blocks cryptocurrency and NFT games
Valve is blocking cryptocurrency and NFT games on its Steam digital distribution network, said Age of Rust developer SpacePirate Games.
- VB Staff
Report: 79% of companies say they will raise DEI budget in 2022
While devoting more resources is a positive step, it's just one factor in creating a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
- Rachel Kaser
Animal Crossing New Horizons Happy Home Paradise expansion coming Nov. 5
Animal Crossing New Horizons players can brace for a huge influx of new content with the massive November 5 update.
- Dean Takahashi
The DeanBeat: Life Is Strange: True Colors — discovering emotions, identity, and your story
Life Is Strange: True Colors is a rare high-quality video game where a couple of the lead characters are of Asian descent.
- Mike Minotti
Nintendo Switch Online’s new tier costs an absurd $50 a year
The original version of NSO online costs $20 a year. Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack will cost $50 a year.
- Shannon Flynn
Cybersecurity report reveals critical business vulnerabilities
Predicting which assets that hackers will attack can be challenging, potentially making business networks harder to defend.
- VB Staff
Putting your minimum viable product (MVP) on the path to success with AWS (VB Live)
Building a minimum viable product can be overwhelming --- learn how the AWS cloud platform helps lower costs and speed up innovation.
- Rachel Kaser
Laguna Games raises $5M to launch Crypto Unicorns with egg NFTs
The seed round was led by Bitkraft Ventures, and the developer will use that game to release its Crypto Unicorns title.
- Dean Takahashi
GamesBeat Summit Next: Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick, Niantic’s John Hanke, Xbox’s Sarah Bond
Our GamesBeat Summit Next online event will feature Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick, Niantic's John Hanke, and Xbox's Sarah Bond.
- Dean Takahashi
Order of Meta raises $1.5M for mobile shooter game
Helsinki-based Order of Meta has raised $1.5 million from Play Ventures and others for a mobile shooter game.
- Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center
The data economy: How AI helps us understand and utilize our data 
@HARMAN’s Chairman Young Sohn talks with international journalist Ali Aslan about the relationship of AI & data and the ethical use of both.
- David Gargaro
AI-powered personalization provider Qubit gets acquired by Coveo
AI-powered relevance platform Coveo acquired Qubit, a leader in AI-powered personalization technology for merchandising teams.
- Dean Takahashi
Sledgehammer Games invades the UK with new Call of Duty studio
Sledgehammer Games is expanding into the United Kingdom with a new studio to support Call of Duty in Guildford, U.K.
- Jeremiah Fowler
More than 82M records exposed by an enterprise software developer
The records had info that referenced companies like Whole Foods Market, and included customer order records, names, addresses, and more.
- Rachel Kaser
Metaverse studio Melon announces its first original game in Roblox
A studio that has created marketing products in Roblox is now releasing its first original game on the platform.
- VB Staff
Report: 80% of consumers prefer to speak with AI to avoid long hold times
The survey also found that 91% of consumers reported that they've experienced poor customer service in the past six months.
- Jeff Grubb
Dragon Age 4 is heading to PS5, Xbox Series X/S without cross-gen releases
Dragon Age 4 will not get a cross-gen release on PS4 and Xbox One. Instead, it's only heading to PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.
- Roman Loyola
The next AirPods: Third-gen redesign finally arriving alongside new Macs
AirPods are popular because they exemplify what Apple is all about: high-quality products with great features that work without fuss. And while you may not think of earbuds and headphones as the types of products that would be updated with new features on a regular basis, Apple does a great job of integrating them into […]
- Jason Cross
Apple Arcade FAQ: ‘Tiny Wings+’ is available today
Gaming subscription services are all the rage now, but Apple Arcade isn’t quite like Google Stadia or Xbox Live. So if you’ve got questions about it, we’ve got plenty of answers. Updated 10/15/21: Tiny Wings+ has been released today. The game was a huge hit when it was first released over 10 years ago. What […]
- Jason Cross
Apple TV+: ‘Puppy Place’ and ‘The Velvet Underground’ are now streaming
Apple has planted its own flag in the streaming wars with Apple TV+, its in-house streaming service that focuses almost entirely on original programming rather than an extensive library of existing TV shows or movies. The service launched on November 1, 2019, and has been steadily releasing original content ever since. The COVID pandemic had […]
- Michael Simon
Forget the M1X and save $150 on the M1 Mac mini right now
Apple’s “Unleashed” Mac event kicks off in just three days, but you can skip all the preorder drama with a fantastic deal on the current Mac mini. Amazon is slashing the price of the 512GB Mac mini to $750, knocking $150 off the MSRP for a new all-time low. The price is listed as $799, […]
- Roman Loyola
The next MacBook Pro: Port layout leak reveals MagSafe, HDMI, SD card slot
It’s been about a year since Apple began rolling out Macs powered by its own silicon, followed by the launch of the 24-inch iMac earlier this year. Now the rumors say the next in line to get the Apple silicon treatment are the high-end MacBook Pros, and the updates are shaping up to be far […]
- Roman Loyola
Ever since Apple released the iPhone 13 at its “California Streaming” event last month, we’ve been waiting patiently for an announcement of the next Apple event that we all knew was coming. And the news finally dropped—Apple’s is holding an event on Monday, October 18, at 10 a.m. Pacific. So mark your calendars! How to […]
- Michael Simon
Apple’s latest hire could mean big things for Siri and HomePod
If there’s one Apple product over the past few years that’s been something of a disappointment, it’s the HomePod. Apple’s smart speaker had a ton of potential when it was unveiled at WWDC 2017, but by the time it arrived in February 2018, it was overpriced and underwhelming. Now Apple is taking steps to right […]
- Roman Loyola
Macs, M1X, AirPods and more: What to expect at Apple’s ‘Unleashed’ event
Apple’s “Unleashed” event on Monday, October 18, is possibly one of most anticipated tech events of the year—more than the WWDC 21 keynote and the “California Streaming” iPhone 13 event last month, even more than any event put on by Google, Intel, AMD, or any other tech company this year. Why? Because Apple is about […]
- Glenn Fleishman
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Monitoring the battery status of our Mac laptops used to be an absolute necessity. When not plugged in, you had to prioritize and manage tasks carefully to avoid your Mac, iPhone, or iPad shutting down with work (or fun) left to do. And batteries lost capacity in years past rapidly, sometimes by percentage points each […]
- Michael Simon
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- [email protected] (Kajoli Anand Puri)
Facebook to Protect Famous People, While Stomping on the Masses

Facebook’s content moderation policy has been under scrutiny lately, thanks to the fair bit of evidence that shows its role in inciting multiple cases of violence across the world. In response to a wide range of allegations, the company is striving to demonstrate its willingness to alter its content policies. Facebook’s Global Head of Safety, Antigone Davis, recently announced that it will not allow public figures to be harassed on the platform, and has categorised journalists and human rights activists as involuntary public figures to protect them. 

But, what inspired Facebook to start thinking about public figures in the first place? The answer is its own complicated policies that allow public figures to post unmoderated content. 

Facebook to Protect Famous People, While Stomping on the Masses

Facebook’s XCheck Feature lets celebrities off the hook

Facebook’s content moderation policies have always been a bit dodgy, at best. However, the full extent to which the platform allows its own biases to affect its judgement came into light when The Wall Street Journal exposed the XCheck or Cross Check feature. This feature white-lists certain accounts and protects them from Facebook’s own rules. In other words, if someone with a white-listed account shares derogatory content on their profile, the same is not likely to be taken down.

"White-listed" accounts have shared claims that Hillary Clinton had covered up "pedophile rings," and that then-President Donald Trump had called all refugees seeking asylum "animals," according to The Wall Street Journal.

Facebook’s internal study titled ‘Effects of Politician Shared Misinformation’ demonstrates how out-of-context videos shared in India caused widespread political polarisation. This means that while the platform is fully aware of the fact that content shared by public figures is often believed at face-value, it still implemented an XCheck feature to allow public figures to share anything they want, without moderation. Not only does this contribute to the spread of fake news (both intentional and unintentional), but also has a direct impact on the lives and safety of people across the world. 

Facebook’s XCheck Feature lets celebrities off the hook

Now, Facebook Wants to Protect Public Figures from Harassment

While one cannot argue against the need to protect involuntary public figures from online harassment, it is important to raise questions regarding what Facebook plans to do to protect us lowly commoners from similar harassment. As discussed in a previous article, Facebook has allowed political pages that share dehumanising content about specific communities to thrive, and while these pages may not target celebrities, they do target regular people and result in real-world consequences like ethnic cleansing and riots.

This new step to protect public figures online feels like a means to curb backlash against content that might be shared via white-listed profiles. With users allowed to post comments calling for the death of certain people (as long as they don’t tag them), there’s hardly any protection afforded to non-public figures who may be at the receiving end of bullying simply for belonging to certain communities, or sharing news pieces to their feed. 

Like Instagram’s Nudge feature, this too feels like the bare-minimum step being undertaken by a trillion dollar company with massive resources to save face in public. Facebook needs to take stronger steps to eradicate harmful content from its platform, rather than only focusing on measures that impact public appearance. 

Also Read: What do Civil Unrest in Myanmar, Ethiopia, India and the US have in Common? Facebook

- [email protected] (Digit NewsDesk)
Facebook gets serious about gaming in India, announces FBGamingPressStart event

Facebook has announced its first-ever gaming event in India. Called FBGamingPressStart, the virtual event will be spread across two days and aims to give game developers, publishers, and creators across India an opportunity to build, grow their communities, and monetize on Facebook. The event will be held from October 19 to October 20. 

“FBGamingPressStart is another step in Facebook’s mission of bringing the world closer together. On Facebook, people can find entertaining gaming videos to watch, follow their favorite creators and game titles, build meaningful connections in gaming groups and chats, discover new games and play those games with people from across the globe — all in one place,” The company stated in a press release. 

Facebook FBGamingPressStart event: Details

The FBGamingPressStart event is focused on gaming publishers. The event’s opening address will be made by Gio Hunt, VP of Gaming Business and Operations, Facebook, Ajit Mohan, Managing Director and Vice President, India, and Manohar Hotchandani, Business Development Director, Facebook.

The event will include sessions such as ‘Play 101: Facebook Instant Games & Cloud Opportunities’, ‘Get In-App Ads Right With Audience Network’, ‘Supercharge Your Game With Facebook Gaming Services’ and AR as well as gaming communities.

Facebook FBGamingPressStart event: How to register

Those interested can sign up via this link and RSVP via the button there. The link will also include the schedule of sessions as well as timings. The event will be hosted by comedian, Abish Mathews. 

Also Read: ​​People forced to talk to each other after Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp Stop Working

- [email protected] (Kajoli Anand Puri)
WhatsApp Will Now Let You Hide Your About Status Updates From Users

Don’t want the whole world to see your Whatsapp About status updates? Well, you’ll be glad to know that Whatsapp’s latest update will let you hide your status updates from certain people. This update has not been made available to beta users yet, however, reports indicate that it will be made visible alongside other privacy options once it rolls out. With Whatsapp enhancing a few of its existing privacy features, it is likely that this option will also apply to features such as Last Seen and Profile Picture updates.

How will WhatsApp’s new update work?

How will WhatsApp’s new update work?

Wabetainfo released a few screenshots showing the new custom privacy setting in action. Apart from showing “everyone”, ‘my contacts” and “nobody” in the About status update section, the screenshot also featured an additional option - “my contacts except…” implying that the status can be hidden from specific people.

How will WhatsApp’s new update work?

According to Wabetainfo, this new update will be a part of the WhatsApp for Android beta 2.21.21.8 version, although beta users have not gained access to the feature yet. Additionally, it has been suggested by Wabetainfo that this feature may also be available for Last Seen and Profile Picture updates. 

Whatsapp typically tests new features for a long time, so end users will probably not see the feature anytime soon. 

Also Read: Whatsapp Expands into the Business Directory Market with latest offering

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Jio Platforms Haptik launches app that lets SMBs grow their businesses on WhatsApp

Jio Haptik, which is Jio Platforms’ customer experience AI platform, announced its new app, Interakt on Monday. This app is specifically geared towards SMBs and MSMEs to help companies grow their businesses on Whatsapp. While this is Haptik’s first platform for SMBs and MSMEs, it’s already estimated to be 50 million businesses strong.

How will Jio Interakt Work?

How will Jio Interakt Work?

Jio Interakt is an app that helps businesses grow via Whatsapp. It has been built on top of the official WhatsApp Business API, which means that its functionality should mirror that of Whatsapp.  Businesses will receive their own dedicated Whatsapp numbers that can be used to undertake operations such as conducting sales, managing conversations at scale, ensuring customer care, working on public relations, sending alerts, answering public enquiries and so on. There is also a Shared Inbox functionality that ensures that a brand’s in-house team has access to updated information at all times. 

“WhatsApp is already the default platform for people in India to shop directly from brands and small businesses,” said Aakrit Vaish, co-founder and CEO of Haptik. “However it can get challenging for businesses to manage these interactions at scale. We believe there will be a time when WhatsApp will become the largest channel for such transactions, even bigger than the web. We have built Interakt to power this new conversational commerce economy.”

How will Jio Interakt Work?

How many companies have adopted Jio Interakt?

Over 500 brands, including SleepyOwl, Bare Anatomy and The Pillow Company have already adopted Interakt and made it a part of their business operations as they are part of the early access club. The company plans to grow this number 10x within the next 6-12 months. 

Interakt is said to launch new features such as automated responses, catalogue creation, advanced analytics, integrations with payment gateways.

Also Read: New Jio plans now come bundled with a Disney+Hotstar subscription and more

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Twitter will now let you remove followers without even blocking them

Twitter is working on a new feature that allows you to remove certain followers without having to block them. Last month, Twitter’s support page announced that it will be testing this feature to allow users to curate their own followers list. Now, after testing the feature with limited groups of people, Twitter is ready to roll out this update.

Twitter will let you remove followers without blocking them

How to remove followers from Twitter?

Earlier, when users wanted to remove followers from their Twitter page, they would have to block them entirely. Now, you can simply remove specific individuals altogether. To remove a follower from your page, all you need to do is: Load your profile and click followers.

Scroll through the list until you happen upon the desired name (or manually search the handle via the search bar). Click the three dot icon next to the following button that appears near the name of the follower. Select the remove follower option from the list that appears. 

How to remove followers from Twitter?

Twitter’s new social privacy updates

Twitter is also working on other updates designed to enhance your privacy, according to Bloomberg. These include the following:

Archived tweets: Twitter is considering hiding tweets after a set number of days, such as 30, 60 or 90 days. There has been no confirmation regarding the launch of this particular feature, but it will certainly help people hide problematic tweets from the past.  Hiding tweets you’ve liked: Twitter will also let you hide information regarding the tweets you’ve liked. The company has not announced whether this feature will be tested soon.  Leaving conversations: Twitter will also allow users to exit from public conversations that they don’t want to be a part of. The company will reportedly start testing this feature before the end of the year. 

What do you think of these new social privacy updates? Do you think that these are likely to take away a sense of accountability on the internet, or will they help create a more positive space? Let us know in the comments. 

Also Read: Twitter will now coddle its users to protect them from ‘heated’ conversations

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BSNL may finally jump on the 4G bandwagon soon

In a tweet announcing the fact that BSNL finally has a 4G network, the Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics and Information Technology, Ashwani Vaishnaw said that he has used the service “Made first call over Indian 4G network of BSNL (Designed and Made in India). PM @narendramodi Ji’s vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat taking shape.”

Made first call over Indian 4G network of BSNL (Designed and Made in India). PM @narendramodi Ji’s vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat taking shape.

— Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) October 10, 2021 BSNL can finally offer its customers 4G plans

While all other telecom companies in India offer 4G services, BSNL remained the only key player still sticking to 3G. Now it looks like BSNL is finally ready to enter the 4G market and recapture its lost audience. The government initially noted that BSNL would be able to offer 4G networks to consumers within 2 years, the Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics and Information Technology’s tweet indicates that the company might be fairly ahead of schedule. 

While BSNL has some of the most affordable plans in the market, the lack of 4G offerings was certainly hurting the company’s revenue. It was believed that if BSNL continued to go into losses, it would be sold off to a private entity the way Air India was. IN his tweet, Vaishnaw noted that BSNL would be using a 4G system that has been designed and made in India, furthering the government’s mission to make the country as self-reliant as possible. 

Also read: BSNL Rs 499 prepaid voucher: Everything you need to know

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OnePlus 9RT officially launched with Snapdragon 888, upgraded cameras and more

The OnePlus 9RT has officially launched in China as an upgrade to the OnePlus 9R which debuted earlier this year alongside the OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9 Pro.

The OnePlus 9RT has received a new chipset, a new primary camera and a larger screen which makes it more than just an incremental upgrade to the 9R. That being said, there’s no word on the launch of the OnePlus 9RT in India yet.

OnePlus 9RT specifications and pricing

The OnePlus 9RT features a large 6.62-inch AMOLED display that offers Full HD+ resolution along with support for 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ certification. The display is bigger than both the OnePlus 9 and 9R and is topped with a layer of Gorilla Glass 5. It measures 8.3mm in thickness and weighs 198.5 grams.

It is powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset with an octa-core CPU and Adreno 660 GPU. This is paired with upto 12GB RAM and 256GB storage options to choose from.

OnePlus 9RT features and availability

The OnePlus 9RT has a 50MP primary camera with an f/1.8 aperture and OIS, a 16MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP macro camera. The rear cameras can record in 4K at 60FPS and we also get a 16MP selfie camera tucked away in the punch-hole notch cutout in the top-left corner.

It also has stereo speakers and an in-screen optical fingerprint reader. There is a 4,500mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging out of the box which OnePlus claims can fully charge the battery in 29 minutes.

The OnePlus 9RT is priced starting at CNY 3,299 (~Rs 38,600)for the base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The 8GB+256GB storage variant is priced at CNY 3499 (~Rs 40,900) and the maxed-out version with 12GB+256GB storage is priced at CNY 3799 (~Rs 44,000).

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Vivo Y20T launched in India: Price and specifications

Vivo has announced its latest launch in India - the Vivo Y20T. The launch has fans of the company excited as the Y20 series is known for borrowing up to 1GB of the phone’s in-built storage for RAM functions, making these smartphones a good option for gamers and those who use heavy-duty apps frequently. 

Vivo Y20T specifications

Vivo Y20T specifications

The Vivo Y20T has a large 6.51-inch HD+ Halo FullView display. The smartphone runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 with 6GB of RAM and 1GB of extended RAM, along with 64GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable up to 1TB. The Vivo Y20T is equipped with Multi Turbo 5.0 along with Ultra Game Mode, Esports Mode, 4D Game Vibration, and Game Picture-in-Picture, making it a good option for gamers. Additionally, the Vivo Y20T uses the Funtouch OS 11.1, which is based on Android 11. 

The smartphone has a triple rear camera setup that includes a 13MP primary sensor with an f/2.2 lens, 2MP macro shooter with an f/2.4 aperture, and another 2MP depth sensor with an f/2.4 lens. The Vivo Y20T has an 8MP selfie camera with an f/1.8 aperture. This front camera comes with an Aura Screen Light along with Portrait Mode to enhance selfies.

Vivo Y20T specifications

Vivo Y20T price in India

The Vivo Y20T is priced at Rs. 15,490 for the sole 6GB RAM + 64GB storage model. You can buy this smartphone on Amazon, Flipkart, Paytm, Tata Cliq, Bajaj Finserv EMI Store, and the Vivo India E-Store. 

Keep an eye on this space for our official VIvo Y20T review! 

Also Read: Vivo X70 Pro+, X70 Pro launched in India: Price, specifications and more

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Instagrams new feature will tell you if the app is malfunctioning

Instagram announced on Monday that it will be testing a feature that informs users of technical issues and outages in the app. This comes after a 6-hour long outage on 04 October left the company with a 6 Billion Dollar loss. 

Instagram’s new feature will tell you if the app is malfunctioning Why is Instagram’s new feature needed?

Apart from long outages, Instagram has also been facing technical issues that disrupt the ability of content creators to upload media onto the app. With the social media platform trying to merge multiple functionalities like Reels, Instagram stories, Instagram videos, and posts, users frequently face issues that hamper the reach of their content. 

This new feature should help users identify potential issues and create content plans based on the same. It can prevent them from uploading content during an outage period and mitigate the risk of that content piece not reaching its full potential.

Why is Instagram’s new feature needed? When is Instagram’s new feature rolling out?

Instagram will also roll out a feature that will let users know if their accounts are at-risk for being disabled. This should go a long way in helping creators reformulate their marketing approach and adhere to the platform’s guidelines. 

Instagram, and its parent company, Facebook, have been making headlines after The Wall Street Journal exposed Instagram’s knowledge of how it harms teen girls. The app is working on a new feature called Nudge, which is designed to help steer people away from harmful content. 

Also Read: Instagram Post Videos and IGTV will now be combined into ‘Instagram Videos

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BITSZ, Indias newest crypto exchange platform launched in Hyderabad
India’s newest crypto exchange platform launched in Hyderabad

BITSZ, a Made-In-India crypto exchange platform was launched in Hyderabad on Sunday. Founded by Naveen Kumar, the platform provides a 24 x 7 multilingual live chat service and 100 percent insurance on users’ wallets.

India’s newest crypto exchange platform launched in Hyderabad

While interacting with the press, Kumar announced that the platform’s trading volume has crossed 1 million. He further said that the platform has five-plus exchanges and more than 2,000 retail investors. 

“Cryptocurrencies are growing, and we are positive it will lead the market. There is a lack of awareness of digital currency, and this issue can get solved with the support of this platform,” said Naveen Kumar, BITSZ Founder.

BITSZ is the only crypto exchange platform to provide insurance on users’ wallets

BITSZ has tied up with digital asset management Fireblocks to provide insurance to users on all types of wallets. The company claims that it is the only exchange to provide 100 percent insurance on all wallets. The partnership will also help new crypto traders trade safely. The company also claims that the platform has the capacity to handle 30 million transactions per second.

“Extensive efforts have been made to launch a platform that provides insurance for all accounts. Ours is the only platform in the market that ensures every user wallet is secure, compared to other platforms in the market. The platform does not have bugs, and supports Anti-Money Laundering,” said Kumar in a press note.

BITSZ is the only crypto exchange platform to provide insurance on users’ wallets

India’s crypto exchange platform is equipped with many unique features

The Made-In-India crypto exchange platform is equipped with many features - fastest transactions, 100 percent insurance on wallets, extremely easy UI, 24 X 7 multi-lingual live chat, customer support, and AI suggestions. The company claims that the availability of unique features has made the platform quite popular even before launch. The company started accepting registrations from August 6. 

The company had also launched several pre-launch offers for those users who registered on their platform between August 6 to October 10, 2021.

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The Grand Theft Auto Trilogy  Definitive Edition will come to your PCConsole soon

With the 20th anniversary of Grand Theft Auto III approaching, Rockstar Games has confirmed that the Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas games will be remastered. The three remastered games will be included as a part of a series known as The Grand Theft Auto Trilogy - Definitive Edition. Now, before you hardcore fans take to your message boards, here’s a quick note - the games will retain the original look and feel, with improvements in graphics and gameplay that won’t take away from what you loved most about them.

Where will the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy - Definitive Edition be available?

Rockstar Games has officially confirmed that the trilogy will be available on a bunch of platforms including the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/ S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and the Rockstar Games Launcher on PC. Additionally, the games will also come to iOS and Android around the first half of 2022.

However, while Rockstar Games has confirmed a ton of details, it has kept its lips sealed regarding the launch dates. To prepare for the launch, however, older versions of the games will be removed from retailer websites, so if you still haven't bought the original titles, might as well wait for the remastered ones. On the other hand, if you’ve already bought these games, you’ll still be able to download and play them on your consoles/PC. 

Rockstar Games will also be introducing new in-game gear to celebrate the games’ 20th anniversary. This gear will be available in GTA Online. 

Also read: Everything We Think We Know About GTA VI

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Battlegrounds Mobile India Announces Key Updates Coming Soon

Great news for Battlegrounds Mobile India fans - Krafton has announced that they’ll be rolling out new updates and modes soon, with a few that are geared towards Indian events like Diwali. 

New Battlegrounds Mobile India Modes and their dates

The following are some of the modes that have been released (and are yet to be released) by Krafton.

Mode name

Start Date

End date

Metro Royale Mode

September 28

November 16, at 5.30 am IST

Titan-Last Stand mode

October 31, at 7.30 am IST

November 16, at 5.30 am IST

Vikendi Mode

October 8

November 16, at 5.30 am IST

Zombie: Survive till Dawn mode

October 22, at 7.30 am IST

November 16, at 5.30 am IST

Infection Mode

October 31, at 7.30 am IST

November 16, at 5.30 am IST

Payload 2.0

October 31, at 7.30 am IST

November 16, at 5.30 am IST

Erangel – Runic Theme Mode

October 15, at 7.30 am IST

October 22, at 5.30 am IST

Erangel – Runic Theme Mode (will start again)

October 31, at 7.30 am IST

November 16, at 5.30 am IST

Battlegrounds Mobile India, Diwali in-games

There will be a lamp exchange event in Battlegrounds Mobile India starting on October 20 to November 9. Users can collect lamp items through different in-game missions and then exchange them with permanent ‘Cool Cat set and headband’, permanent ‘Rock Star-Mini14’, and Crate Coupon Scraps.

Additionally, a Diwali log-in event will start from October 29 and go on till November 8, 2021. You can basically log in to the game for seven days and earn the ‘Naughty Kitty set and headband’ (valid for 14 days each), Crate Coupon Scrap, and AG.

Also, there will be a premium crate special sale for a limited time. This will last from October 15 to 25. You can buy one 50% discount coupon that will be valid for the Premium crate. The crate will help users unlock new items in the game.

Also read: Battlegrounds Mobile India: Here’s What You Need To Know About The Karakin Map

 

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Moto G Pure and Moto E40 launched: Price, specifications and features

Motorola has unveiled its new offerings - the Moto G Pure and the Moto E40. While the former has been launched in Europe, the latter has been launched in the USA. The Moto E40 is going to launch in India on 12 October. 

Moto G Pure and Moto E40 Launched: Prices and Specifications Moto E40 Specifications and Price

The Moto E40 has a 6.5-inch HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It is powered by a Unisoc T700 octa-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM. Internal storage is 64GB, and you can expand this with the help of an SD card. The Moto E40 has a triple rear camera setup with a 48 MP main camera that’s equipped with Quad Pixel technology. The brand claims that this helps with better night photography. The phone packs a 5,000mAh battery that is claimed to last for up to 40 hours.

The Moto E40 is priced around roughly Rs 12,900. The Moto E40 is priced around roughly Rs 12,900. Moto G Pure Specifications and Price

The Moto G Pure has a 6.5-inch HD+ (720x1,600 pixels) IPS TFT LCD display. It is powered by a MediaTek Helio G25 SoC paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal memory (expandable to 512GB). It has a 13 MP + 2 MP camera setup at the back, along with a 5MP front camera. The Moto G Pure has a 4,000mAh battery with 10W charging support. The Moto G Pure is priced around Rs 12,000.   Also Read: Motorola Edge 20 overshadows Realme GT Master Edition, as the first phone with Snapdragon 778 in India

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Google will auto-enrol users in two-step verification by end of 2021

Google is making it easier for users to sign in with new devices by rolling out its two-step verification by the end of 2021. This two-step verification will be automatically enabled for users who have a properly verified account, and users will only have to tap once on their smartphone to ensure they can sign in on their devices. With this, the signing up process should be more seamless. Currently, Google has already begun the process of auto-enrolling accounts with backup mechanisms so that they can transition seamlessly. 

Google will auto-enrol users in two-step verification by end of 2021

How will Google’s two-step verification help users?

“Because we know the best way to keep our users safe is to turn on our security protections by default, we have started to automatically configure our users’ accounts into a more secure state. By the end of 2021, we plan to auto-enroll an additional 150 million Google users in 2SV and require 2 million YouTube creators to turn it on,” Google noted in a blog post.

Google has also confirmed that the two-step verification option will not be suitable for all users and that it is working on other solutions that can help offer a convenient, secure authentication, ultimately reducing the reliance on passwords in the long term.

Google will auto-enrol users in two-step verification by end of 2021

While the tech giant wants to reduce the reliance on passwords, it will also offer a feature that lets users access their old passwords and remember their new ones. This feature will be called the Google Password Manager and will be integrated in the app at some point in the future. Google has, at the same time, begun releasing a new group of APIs under Google Identity, which should help with secure authentication without the need of passwords. 

Also Read: Google Search page finally receives a Dark Mode update

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Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event scheduled for October 20, same week as Apple and Googles events

Next week is all set to be a busy one. Following announcements from both Apple and Google, Samsung has now announced that it too will be hosting its Galaxy Unpacked event next week. Specifically, on October 20. Due to the ongoing situation, the event will be held completely online. Apple and Google are scheduled to host their events on October 18 and October 19 respectively.

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event: How to watch

As mentioned earlier, the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event will be streamed online on October 20. Those interested can head over to Samsung’s official YouTube channel to watch the event. It is scheduled to kick off from 10:00 am ET, which is 7:30 pm here in India.

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event: What to expect

In its press release, Samsung states, “Our users are multifaceted and live life in so many colourful, interesting, and unique ways. As such, the technology they use every day should reflect their individuality. Join Galaxy Unpacked Part 2 on October 20 to see how Samsung is opening up new experiences for self-expression through technology.”

This seems to suggest that we might see more colour options for the company’s current lineup of devices. In fact, the company may even allow for more customisation by allowing buyers to pick the colour they want, thereby expressing their “individuality.” Of course, nothing has been confirmed yet, so all this is mere speculation. 

While Samsung is pretty quiet about what it plans to showcase at the event, rumours circulate that it could be a new Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. The ‘FE’ version is usually a more affordable version of the year’s flagship S-series smartphone. It should be noted that last year’s Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (review) was also unveiled around this time. 

As mentioned earlier both Apple and Google plan to host events next week. Apple will be the first of the trio to hold its event on October 18. The Apple Unleashed event is expected to see the unveiling of new M1X-powered MacBooks. 

Google’s event is set to happen a day later on October 19. During the event, the company will give more details about its Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones. It should be noted that while Google has already announced the phones, it still hasn’t given more information about the new Tensor cores that will power the new smartphones. 

Also read: Exclusive: Google Pixel 6 Pro renders with triple camera setup and curved display break cover

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M1X-powered MacBook leaked prior to Apples official October 18 Unleashed Event

The upcoming M1X-Powered MacBooks have leaked before their official launch. The new report from the tipster Dylan brings to light several important details regarding the M1X-Powered MacBook including its specs and features.

Apple is most likely to officially reveal the upcoming M1X-Powered MacBooks during its October 18 “Unleashed” event. However, the latest leak could spoil the surprise for many fans.

Apple M1X MacBook Pro Specs Details Features Revealed

Apple M1X-Powered MacBook Pro Specs Leaked

According to the tipster, the new Apple M1X-Powered MacBook will launch in two screen options - 14 and 16-inch. Additionally, the screen bezels will get narrower on the new M1X Macbook Pro and won’t feature an Apple logo. Apple is also rumoured to finally bring a 1080p webcam to the M1X Macbook Pro laptops. 

However, we will most likely not see an updated display featuring a 120Hz refresh rate on the new MacBook Pro models. 

One thing is for certain that the Apple M1X-Powered MacBook Pro will feature a noticeable bump in performance. The leak point towards a 10-core CPU paired with either a 16-core or 32-core GPU. Additionally, the leak suggests 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage as standard across both Apple M1X laptops. Apple will not remove the charging brick from the M1X Macbook Pro’s packaging, at least not yet, but will most likely upgrade it. 

Since it’s the MacBook Pro we’re talking about, you’ll most likely see the inclusion of more I/O ports including an SD card reader, HDMI port and more USB Type-C ports. Lastly, Apple could very well remove the touch bar in favour of Function keys.  

Everything will finally become clear on October 18, 2021. So mark your calendar and keep watching this space for more.

- [email protected] (Digit NewsDesk)
Amazon Great Indian Festival Happiness Upgrade Days 2021: Best deals and offers on mobiles

Amazon Great Indian Festival Happiness Upgrade Days sale is now live on amazon.in. It marks the starting of the second leg of the Great Indian Festival sale which began on October 3. The Happiness Upgrade Days sale is now live with tons of deals and offers on best selling smartphones and will conclude on October 17.

For its second sale, Amazon has partnered with Axis Bank, Citi and RuPay to offer a 10% instant discount on credit/debit cards and EMI transactions. Apart from that, there is No Cost EMI offers on many products along with exchange offers for additional discounts.

APPLE IPHONE 11 AT RS 40,999

Apple iPhone 11 is available to buy at Rs 38,999 (Rs 29,301 flat off) during the Amazon Great Indian Festival sale. The iPhone 11 has a bright 6.1-inch Retina display, is IP68 rated and runs on the A13 Bionic chip.

Click here to check out the deal

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G at Rs 39,990

The price of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is down to Rs 39,990 and Axis Bank, Citi and RuPay cardholders can get upto Rs 1250 off which brings down the price to Rs 38,740.

Click here to check out the deal

iQOO Z3 at Rs 15,740

iQOO Z3 is currently selling for Rs 17,990 and if you combine it with the bank offer you can get the phone for Rs 16,740.

Click here to check out the deal

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Lite at Rs 11,749

The Redmi Note 10 Lite is priced at Rs 14,999 but during the Amazon sale, it is available to buy at Rs 11,749 inclusive of the bank offer and coupon discount.

Click here to check out the deal

Xiaomi Mi 11X at Rs 24,999

The Xiaomi Mi 11X is available at a heavy discount of Rs 4,000 on its current selling price of Rs 28,999. This brings down the price to Rs 24,999 which makes it a great deal.

Click here to check out the deal

Also Read: Amazon Great Indian Festival sale 2021: Upto 70% off on laptops, headphones, tablets and electronics

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Moto E40 with 65-inch HD+ display, 90Hz refresh rate launched in India at Rs 9,499

Motorola has unveiled a new smartphone in India, the Moto E40. As with other Moto E-Series smartphones, the phone is aimed at the affordable segment and comes with features such as a high refresh rate display, triple-rear camera and more. Here’s what the new smartphone has to offer.

Motorola Moto E40: Specifications

The Moto E40 packs a reasonably large 6.5-inch IPS LCD HD+ display. However, it packs a 90Hz refresh rate, which is not that common at this price range. It is also powered by a Unisoc Tiger T700 octa-core chipset. This chipset is manufactured using the 12nm node and features six power efficient Cortex A55 cores and two high performance Cortex A75 cores. It also comes with 4GB RAM. 

At the back is a 48MP triple-rear camera with Quad Pixel technology that is said to offer 4x better light sensitivity for improved low-light pictures. The trio of cameras is completed with a depth sensor and a macro lens. The depth sensor allows users to take Portrait photos, while the macro lens lives up to its name by allowing users to indulge in macro photography.

The Moto E40 also packs a large 5000mAh battery. The company notes that this should be enough for the phone to last up to 40 hours on a single charge. 

Other features of the Moto E40 includes a water-repellant design and a dedicated microSD card slot. Motorola notes that the device supports up to 1TB of expandable storage. The phone comes with Android 11 and as with all other Motorola devices, the Moto E40 packs a near-stock Android 11 experience. There is also a dedicated button on the side to bring up the Google Assistant. 

Motorola Moto E40: Price and availability

The Moto E40 is priced at Rs 9,499 and will be available in Caron Gray and Pink Clay colour variants. The phone will go on sale exclusively on Flipkart from October 17 onwards. 

- [email protected] (Digit NewsDesk)
Amazon Great Indian Festival sale 2021: Upto 70 off on laptops, headphones, tablets and electronics

Amazon India has begun the second leg of its Great Indian Festival sale 2021 with upto 70% off on laptops, headphones, tablets and electronics. Amazon’s Great Indian Festival sale 2021 went live on October 3, a full day after the Prime members get early access to the deals. In the second leg of the sale, Amazon has partnered with some banks and is offering a 10% instant discount on Credit/Debit cards and EMI transactions. Amazon is offering a 10% instant discount on American Express, Citi, RBL Bank and RuPay cards.

Amazon Great Indian Festival sale 2021: best deals on laptops, headphones, tablets and more electronics

If you are looking to buy a laptop, headphone, tablet or any electronic products, the Great Indian Festival sale 2021 could be a good place to get some deals and discounts on best selling products across categories.

Dell Inspiron 15 (2021) at Rs 40,240

The Dell Inspiron 15 (2021) is available at Rs 40,240 down from its usual selling price of Rs 43,000. This laptop has an 11th Gen Core i3 processor paired with 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD and features a 15.6-inch Full HD display.

Click here to check out the deal

Lenovo Ideapad Slim 5 at Rs 62,990

The Lenovo Ideapad Slim 5 is powered by the 11th Gen Core i5 processor and is paired with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage. It features a 15.6-inch display and is priced at Rs 62,990 during the Amazon sale.

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HP Victus at Rs 59,740

HP Victus with Ryzen 5-5600H processor and 16.1-inch Full HD display. This is paired with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD along with an NVIDIA GTX 1650 graphics card. It is priced at Rs 59,740 during the Amazon Great Indian Festival sale 2021.

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Acer Nitro 5 at Rs 69,990

The Acer Nitro 5 with 11th Gen Core i5 processor and features a 144Hz 15.6-inch Full HD display. There is an 8GB RAM paired with 256GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. There’s NVIDIA RTX 3050 onboard and the Nitro 5 is available at Rs 69,990 on Amazon.

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Sony WH-1000XM4 at Rs 22,990

The Sony WH-1000XM4 noise-cancelling headphones are available at Rs 22,990. It is one of the best headphones you can buy this year with 30+ hours of battery life and touch controls.

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Sony WF-1000XM3 at Rs 9,990

Sony WF-1000XM3 is the company’s industry-leading truly-wireless earphones with active noise cancelling features and offers upto 32 hours of battery life. It is available at Rs 9,990 during the Amazon sale.

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Apple iPad Air 2020 at Rs 59,900

The Apple iPad Air 2020 is available at Rs 59,900 during the Amazon sale. It has a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display and is powered by the A14 Bionic chipset.

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Mi Smart Band 6 at Rs 2,999

The Mi Band 6 is Xiaomi’s latest fitness tracker that features a 1.56-inch AMOLED screen and offers features like SpO2 tracking, heart rate sensor and sleep tracking to name a few. During the Amazon Great Indian Festival sale, it is available at Rs 2,999 down from its usual selling price of Rs 3,499.

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Heres how you can disable the new Firefox ads in the address bar

As if we aren’t being bombarded by enough ads on a daily basis, Firefox has decided to up the number via a new update that lets it display ads in the address bar. This means that you can see ads while you’re conducting any searches while using the browser. With this new update, the browser will show content from content partners while also displaying search suggestions and results. This new feature is called Firefox Suggest.

What is Firefox Suggest?

Firefox has offered information about Firefox Suggest on the support page so that users know exactly how to leverage the feature. Firefox says that this is a "feature that serves as a trustworthy guide to the better Web, surfacing relevant information and sites to help you accomplish your goals." These relevant suggestions come "from trusted partners based on what you're searching for." 

Firefox Suggest is not an automatically enabled feature - users can elect to enable it once the browser sends them a pop-up message asking whether they want to use the feature. All you need to do is click “Allow suggestions” for it to start working.

What is Firefox Suggest?

Will you see sponsored content?

Yes. 

Firefox will show you content from its sponsors through adMarketplace and will show you results based on the same. Sponsored links will be displayed at the end of the search bar. 

How to disable Firefox Suggest? You can easily disable Firefox Suggest by. Clicking the Menu button in the Firefox browser Clicking Settings > Privacy and Security. Scrolling the Address Bar options and heading to Firefox Suggest section Selecting or deselecting the checkbox next to Contextual suggestions.

 Also Read: Alternatives to banned app UC Browser for mobile browsing

Windows 11 Insider Previews: What’s in the latest build?

Windows 11 has been released, but behind the scenes, Microsoft is constantly working to improve the newest version of Windows. The company frequently rolls out public preview builds to members of its Windows Insider Program, allowing them to test out — and even help shape — upcoming features.

The Windows Insider program is divided into three channels:

The Dev Channel is where new features are introduced for initial testing, regardless of which Windows release they’ll eventually end up in. This channel is best for technical users and developers and builds in it may be unstable and buggy. In the Beta Channel, you’ll get more polished features that will be deployed in the next major Windows release. This channel is best for early adopters, and Microsoft says your feedback in this channel will have the most impact. The Release Preview Channel typically doesn’t see action until shortly before a new feature update is rolled out. It’s meant for final testing of an upcoming release and is best for those who want the most stable builds.

Not everyone can participate in the Windows 11 Insider program, because the new operating system has more stringent system requirements than Windows 10. As outlined in this Microsoft blog post, if your PC fails to meet the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11, you cannot join the Windows 11 Insider Program.

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Experts call Apple's CSAM scheme 'a dangerous technology'

Apple’s decision to postpone introduction of its controversial client-side scanning (CSS) CSAM-detection system looks like an even better idea amid news governments already want to use the controversial tools for other forms of surveillance.

A 'dangerous technology'

In a new report, an influential group of 14 internationally reputed security researchers have said such plans represent a “dangerous technology” that expands state surveillance powers. They warn the client-side scanning system, if used “would be much more privacy invasive than previous proposals to weaken encryption. Rather than reading the content of encrypted communications, CSS gives law enforcement the ability to remotely search not just communications, but information stored on user devices.”

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Biggest tech IPOs of 2021

The 2020 calendar year will long be remembered as an annus horribilis for most, except for a handful of technology companies that reaped the rewards of a global shift to remote work with successful initial public offerings (IPOs).

US companies alone raised a record $435 billion in stock sales in 2020, with more than a quarter of that figure coming from IPOs — far outstripping 2014's mark of $279 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The vast majority of those new listings defined themselves as technology companies.

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Smart phones, webcams, and YouTube have made it simple for anyone to record and share video. But adapting your visual creations for business purposes isn’t so easy.

If you want to overlay text, add background music, splice in B-roll, or add slide shows to your message, you’ll need to load your recording into a desktop or cloud editor and monkey with the controls, which are unique to each platform and are less than intuitive, in my experience. And let’s be honest, most of us haven’t a clue how to create a compelling video in the first place.

The Zoomification of business has made video such a mainstream medium that learning how to tame it can boost anyone’s career, but most of us are just getting started. Vidyard’s recently released State of Virtual Selling report found that 72% of the sales professionals it surveyed classify their video recording and editing skills as either “beginning” or “emerging.”

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Windows 11 and the need for better BIOS integration

Disclosure:  The vendors listed are clients of the author.

Microsoft DOS and then Windows have gone through several evolutions over the years. When Windows first arrived, it was a User Interface (UI) shell on top of DOS. Then Windows 95 absorbed DOS to create something new — but didn’t include security. Windows 8 tried to absorb the smartphone experience, failed, but essentially made third-party anti-virus software obsolete.  

Windows 10 took security a few steps farther (and integrated a better digital assistant, Cortana, that few people ever used). And now, with  Windows 11, Microsoft has begun to integrate hardware security without integrating PC firmware (BIOS). Due to issues with the move to Windows 11, I think the next integration will be BIOS.

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Podcast: Apple's 'Unleashed' event preview: 14- and 16-in. MacBook Pros with Apple Silicon

Apple's next event occurs on Monday, and rumors suggest that the company will announce updated 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros. Consumer-level Macs have already received an Apple Silicon update, and it's expected that the Pro models will receive their refresh next week. It's also rumored that a new Mac Mini could be announced, powered by the same chip as the new MacBook Pros. Macworld executive editor Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis join Juliet to discuss what to expect from Apple's "Unleashed" event, including product rumors, benchmarks and release dates. Plus, they'll discuss what the new Pro models mean for enterprise users and whether or not IT should upgrade employee devices.

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Apple needs to introduce an iCloud business suite for the enterprise

I agree with CCS Insight that Apple already has the building blocks to offer its own business productivity suite built around iWork and iCloud. It seems strange that it hasn’t provided these yet.

Apple’s business services

The analysts at CCS Insight hold an annual predictions event — 2022 & Beyond — and, among a wide selection of interesting future Apple possibilities, state:

“Apple’s services unit has gone from strength to strength in the past few years. In 2Q21, it accounted for over 20% of total revenue and registered 33% annual growth. The unit’s strength gives the company increasing confidence as a web services provider, and it launches a productivity suite, based on iWork and iCloud, as a service aimed at smaller companies that are less well- served by Microsoft and more frequently use Google Workspace.”

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13 handy hidden tricks for Google Maps on Android

Who doesn't love Google Maps? The Maps Android app helps those of us with oatmeal for brains find our way anywhere, without having to fire any neurons or exercise any synapses. It even helps us find places to pick up tasty cuisine — like, uh, oatmeal (yum!).

But there's much more to Google Maps than meets the eye — and odds are, you aren't taking advantage of at least a few handy hidden features lurking within the Maps Android app. With Android 12 right around the corner and more shiny new Android goodies showing up by the day, I thought it'd be a fine time to dive deep into this ever-evolving Android anchor and think through some of its more off-the-beaten-path advanced options.

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How to choose the right UEM platform

Endpoint devices have become so ubiquitous, connected, and data-intensive that they are among the most valuable technology assets an organization has today. They’re also some of the biggest security risks. It’s no surprise, then, that managing the large and growing number of smartphones, laptops, tablets, desktops, and other end-user products is a high priority for IT.

For a growing number of enterprises, unified endpoint management (UEM) is the method of choice for keeping management of endpoints from descending into chaos. UEM platforms are designed to simplify the management of devices and enhance the security of heterogeneous environments.

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Apple warns: Sideloading apps threatens an iCrime wave

Apple is fighting back against growing pressure to support sideloading on its App Stores with an extensive 28-page white paper in which it offers stark security and privacy warnings.

The risks of sideloading

The white paper, "Building a Trusted Ecosystem for Millions of Apps – a Threat analysis of Sideloadingargues that because iPhones and other devices capture so much personal information about people, maintaining privacy and security is critical.“Supporting sideloading through direct downloads and third-party app stores would cripple the privacy and security protections that have made iPhone so secure, and expose users to serious security risks,” the company said.

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Windows 11: Microsoft's pointless update

Sometimes, Microsoft has no choice but to upgrade Windows. Windows Millennium Edition, aka Windows Me, was awful. Its successor, Windows XP, was much better.

XP's replacement, Vista, was lousy. Microsoft made us forget about Vista with Windows 7, which to many people — I'm one of them — was the best version of Windows.  Microsoft then tried, and failed, to replace it with the dismal Windows 8 and 8.1. Then, the company got it right again with Windows 10. That should have been the end of it.

While Windows continued to get major updates, such as Windows 10 version 21H1, the brand was still Windows 10 until it wasn't. So it is that we now have Windows 11.

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Windows 11: A guide to the updates

On October 5, 2021, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 11, which began as a slow, phased rollout, expected to reach all eligible devices by the middle of 2022. But a Windows launch isn’t the end a process — it’s really just the beginning. As with Windows 10, Microsoft continually works on improving Windows 11 by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.

In this story we summarize what you need to know about each update released to the public for Windows 11. For each build, we’ve included the date of its release and a link to Microsoft’s announcement about it. The most recent updates appear first.

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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

On May 18, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 10 version 21H1, known as the May 2021 Update. But the launch of a major Windows 10 update isn’t the end of a process — it’s really just the beginning. As soon as one of Microsoft’s twice-yearly feature updates is released, the company quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.

In this story we summarize what you need to know about each update released to the public for the most recent versions of Windows 10 — versions 2004, 20H2, and 21H1. (Microsoft releases updates for those three versions together.) For each build, we’ve included the date of its initial release and a link to Microsoft’s announcement about it. The most recent updates appear first.

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Office 365: A guide to the updates

Office 365 and Microsoft 365 subscribers get more frequent software updates than those who have purchased Office without a subscription, which means subscribers have access to the latest features, security patches, and bug fixes. But it can be hard to keep track of the changes in each update and know when they’re available. We’re doing this for you, so you don’t have to.

Following are summaries of the updates to Office 365/Microsoft 365 for Windows, with the latest releases shown first. We’ll add info about new updates as they’re rolled out.

Note: This story covers updates released to regular Office 365/Microsoft 365 for Windows subscribers. If you’re a member of Microsoft’s Office Insider preview program or want to get a sneak peek at upcoming features, see the company’s “Release notes for Office for Windows Desktop (Beta builds)” page.

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iPhone SE 2022: Apple reads the room

When it comes to the next iPhone SE, recent speculation suggests Apple is reading the room. It knows we’re facing a period of deep global economic uncertainty and seems to recognize the changing nature of consumer culture in crisis.

iPhone SE 2022 to be the ‘cheapest 5G iPhone ever’

Apple’s anticipated iPhone SE in 2022 will be offered up as the “cheapest 5G iPhone in history.” A report from UDN in Taiwan (as spotted by Patently Apple) states that the device:

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Noteworthy technology acquisitions 2021

Amid the coronavirus, 2020 was unpredictable in more ways than anyone would have expected. But one thing that stayed fairly constant was the steady flow of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) across the tech sector.

Global tech M&A deals last year totalled $634 billion, a 91.8% year-over-year increase, according to GlobalData. Among a late flurry of big deals was the $35 billion acquisition of Xilinx by Advanced Micro Devices and Salesforce's $27.7 billion acquisition of Slack.

[ Further reading: Biggest technology acquisitions of 2020 ]

As for whether 2021 will maintain last year’s pace, if the first part of the year is anything to go by, there will be no slowing of big deals across the industry, with silicon innovations and collaboration software already proving to be hot areas.

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Google rolls out new Workspace app integrations, security features

Google added new app integrations and security capabilities to its Workspace productivity suite on Tuesday ahead of its Cloud Next virtual event.

The Workspace Marketplace now has 5,300 third-party apps that users can integrate with the various Workspace tools, Google said. Among the newest is an integration between two of its collaboration tools, Chat and the recently rebranded Spaces (formerly Chat Rooms), and Jira, Atlassian’s popular work management app for software developers.

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OK, I get it. Facebook is insanely popular. With it closing in on 3 billion (yes, billion with a “b”) users, no one can ignore Facebook. But do you really want to base your business's advertising and outreach on Facebook alone? I think not.

First, as we saw on Oct. 4, Facebook can go down with a resounding kaboom. It wasn't just down in the U.S.; it was down around the world. That was one impressive crash. Technically, a simple mistake with Facebook's internet settings had gigantic consequences. But you don't need to know the ins and outs of border gateway protocol (BGP) and Domain Name System (DNS) settings to appreciate the results. The bottom line was that not just Facebook, but all its services and apps, which include Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus, were down.

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The cutting edge of healthcare: How edge computing will transform medicine

Children’s Health of Orange County, a California-based pediatric healthcare system, is working with other medical institutions to gather clinical images — MRIs, echocardiograms, and the like. The goal: to create a repository of images to analyze for insights that could train algorithms capable of aiding clinicians with diagnoses.

Although the initiative is in its early stages, CHOC vice president and CIO John Henderson is already thinking about the technologies his organization would need to enable such an intelligent system. Edge computing, with its ability to deliver real-time analysis of large files, would be a key component to making that work, he says.

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Edge computing: The architecture of the future
To fully digitize the last mile of business, you need to distribute compute power where it's needed most -- right next to IoT devices that collect data from the real world.
Joining a startup board? 4 key questions CIOs should ask

As a prominent Bay Area California CIO, Ralph Loura has lost track of the number of tech startups that have asked him to join their fledgling boards of directors.

“You have to be very selective, and also careful about your brand,” says Loura, who sticks largely to advisory board roles with several Silicon Valley startups. Currently the CIO of optical networks provider Lumentum, Loura sits on two national nonprofit boards, the Technology Business Management Council and Genesys Works.

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“You should only join companies you feel strongly about,” he advises. “There has to be good chemistry there with the leadership team.”

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IT certification mistakes to avoid

Marko Djakovic knew that getting a formal tech certification could help his career. He finished an AWS course and got the accompanying certification, but that was only going to be the first step. “I planned to pass more courses and become a cloud architect,” says Djakovic, who works as a digital project manager at Best Response Media. “That way, I would become the only one in the company with that knowledge.”

But there was a catch: After he started on this path, he realized he didn’t like where it was going. “As it turned out,” he says, “to become a cloud architect, I would have to change my job to involve more coding, which I don’t want to do. So I don’t use the knowledge I gained, and probably never will.”

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BrandPost: No Stopping

In our final episode of The Change Makers, we learn that with enough ambition, drive, and backing, IT practitioners can challenge the status quo and create a new era of IT efficiency.

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BrandPost: The Podium

Although many IT leaders launch into projects with set goals, there’s no telling what sort of unexpected consequences will emerge. In episode 4 of The Change Makers podcast  you’ll see how although you can plan and predict certain benefits, several successful business outcomes can arrive serendipitously.

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11 technologies for supporting the hybrid office

Among the biggest challenges IT leaders face right now is supporting shifting strategies around where the enterprise does its work. Prior to the pandemic, remote work was a facet of most organization’s workforce mixes — but hardly the universal business imperative it instantly became when COVID-19 hit. Now, workers are returning to offices, at least in some measure, with widespread remote work likely here to stay.

The debates over in-person versus remote work are raging on within the C-suites of organizations of all stripes, with some believing in the power of face-to-face kismet and the others extolling the creativity that comes from working anywhere at any time. IT leaders are a key part of this discussion, but will also be chiefly responsible for supporting whatever hybrid workforce strategy emerges from this debate.

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BDO Netherlands taps enterprise search to drive digital transformation

Transforming a fast-growing traditional accounting firm with some 50 million documents spread throughout various data stores into a fully data-driven digital enterprise is a daunting task.

But that is exactly the one BDO Netherlands CIO Marcel Donkers is currently undertaking to help the firm not only provide its core competency of accounting and auditing but also create new insight-based services for clients in 167 countries.

BDO Netherlands, which has more than 3,000 employees, is an independent member firm of BDO International Ltd., one of the largest accounting firms in the world. The firm is currently  deploying a company-wide strategy to transition to a completely “data-driven” enterprise, Donkers told CIO.

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BrandPost: Keep your Gen Z workforce happy with low-code tools

Gen Z is no different than any other generation in their youth. In the immortal words of Kiss, they want to rock and roll all night. But for this new wave of employees entering the workforce, it’s not so much about partying every day, it’s about doing meaningful work and building a meaningful career.

In light of the pandemic, many people are thinking more deeply about what they want from their work experience. And as expectations evolve rapidly, research has found that Gen Z is putting a greater emphasis on workplace flexibility and work/life balance. Given this scenario, the ability to work easily and efficiently is critical to attracting, motivating, and retaining early-in-career workers. They don’t want to use old-school technology that slows them down. They want new-school technology that keeps them as connected, efficient, and productive as possible.

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BrandPost: Spark: A Data Engineer’s Best Friend

Data engineering, as a separate category of expertise in the world of data science, did not occur in a vacuum. The role of the data engineer originated and evolved as the number of data sources and data products ballooned over the years. Therefore, the role and function of a data engineer is closely associated with a variety of different data-processing platforms such as Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark, and a huge number of specialized tools. In this article, you will find out why Spark should be considered the data engineer's best friend. 

Spark is the ultimate toolkit

Data engineers often work in multiple, complicated environments and perform the complex, difficult, and, at times, tedious work necessary to make data systems operational. Their job is to get the data into a form where others in the data pipeline, like data scientists, can extract value from the data. 

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BrandPost: Podcast: CIO Leadership Live with JP Saini, Chief Digital and Technology Officer at Sunbelt Rentals

JP Saini, Chief Digital & Technology Officer at Sunbelt Rentals, joins Maryfran Johnson for this CIO Leadership Live interview, which is jointly produced by CIO.com and the CIO Executive Council. They will discuss omnichannel ecommerce, hybrid office strategies and more.

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BrandPost: Building a Data Culture: IT’s Role in Analytics Agility, Proficiency, and Community

This is the final post in a three-part series about transformational analytics for the enterprise. In case you missed them, read the first on governance and data management that enables your digital business, and the second on modern analytics for fast decision-making.

Data-leading organizations see benefits like improved customer acquisition and retention, engaged employees, and operational efficiency. While analytics at scale promises many transformative business outcomes, most organizations struggle to build a widespread Data Culture that values and practices data-driven decision-making. Could it be that IT leaders are too focused on implementing technology and not enough on enabling their employees?

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5 ways CIOs are redefining teamwork for a hybrid world

CIO Paul Blowers describes the past 16 months at accounting firm Plante Moran as “a grand experiment” in getting work done. Throughout, Blowers has flexed, reconfigured, and stress-tested his mostly remote, 120-person IT team to determine how productivity, creativity, and culture would hold up through the pandemic.

The experiment proved successful, and the company is making hybrid work permanent. Now Blowers has an eye on the long-term effects that permanent hybrid work will have on teamwork.

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“Feeding relationships is so important. We anticipate doing idea jams and war rooms and brainstorming meetings in person. I think they’re highly productive when you can whiteboard and read non-verbal cues around the room. But we’re also investing in technology so that virtual participants can be a part of those sessions,” Blowers says. It’s a work in progress, he adds.

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Greenhouse gas emissions: The next big issue for CIOs

CIOs have a significant role to play in helping enterprises report and reduce greenhouse gas emission — and it goes way beyond switching to energy-efficient cloud computing or turning off the office PCs at night.

That’s the message coming out of recent customer events put on by software and IT services vendors including SAP, Salesforce, and Google, which this week is making sustainability a big feature of its Next 21 cloud computing event.

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Enterprises are increasingly expected — by their customers and, in some cases, by government — to report on their greenhouse gas emissions, typically by following standard measurement methodologies such as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

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Oracle set to open 14 new cloud regions over the next year

As enterprises look to tackle issues such as business continuity, disaster recovery and data sovereignty more efficiently in the wake of rapid digital transformation, Oracle announced on Tuesday that it is adding 14 new regions over the next year to expand its global cloud footprint, taking the total number of available cloud regions to 44.

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Edge computing: The architecture of the future
To fully digitize the last mile of business, you need to distribute compute power where it's needed most -- right next to IoT devices that collect data from the real world.
Proving the value of analytics on the edge

Edge computing offers big potential advantages for companies in a variety of industries. This distributed computing model, which brings data storage and analytics closer to the sources of data, can offer organizations better response times, decreased network latency, reduced bandwidth costs, and even enhanced security.

Computing at the edge helps support initiatives such as the internet of things (IoT), by enabling remote processing of the data gathered by connected objects. Without such systems in place, the immense amount of data generated by connected devices would easily overwhelm an organization’s central data infrastructure — or incur significant costs if shuttled to cloud repositories for analysis.

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The top 11 big data and data analytics certifications

Data and big data analytics are the lifeblood of any successful business. Getting the technology right can be challenging but building the right team with the right skills to undertake data initiatives can be even harder — a challenge reflected in the rising demand for big data and analytics skills and certifications. 

If you’re looking to get an edge on a data analytics career, certification is a great option. Certifications measure your knowledge and skills against industry- and vendor-specific benchmarks to prove to employers that you have the right skillset. The number of data analytics certs is expanding rapidly.

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Below is our guide to the most sought-after data analytics and big data certifications to help you decide which cert is right for you.

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You’ve migrated to the cloud, now what?

In a 2011 article in The Atlantic, senior editor Rebecca Rosen makes the case that clouds may be the most useful metaphor of all time, in part because they are constantly changing.

That is certainly the case for cloud computing.

And it is this propensity for constant change, the very nature of cloud, to which IT leaders struggle to adapt, leading to high rates of failure for cloud initiatives. “Most technology leaders have a difficult time thinking in terms of an infrastructure that is fluid and dynamic,” says Kenneth Johnson, a cloud strategist for Blue Sentry Cloud, a company that specializes in complex enterprise cloud initiatives. “The traditional static way of thinking makes it really difficult to effectively align overall business strategy with cloud strategy. That’s part of what makes cloud initiatives highly complex and why so many of them fail. Migrating to the cloud on-time and within budget is difficult in and of itself. Innovating once there, is even harder.”

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UiPath partners with CrowdStrike to secure SaaS workflow automation

UiPath is expanding its robotic process automation (RPA) platform with new features it hopes will put it on CIOs’ radar, including better security, a cloud-native delivery model, and the ability to automate through APIs as well as the UI.

The security component comes through a partnership with CrowdStrike, while the API automation is the fruit of UiPath’s acquisition of Cloud Elements in March 2021.

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A recent survey by IDG Research found that many IT organizations are showing no interest in RPA, even as the appetite for business process management and workflow automation is growing. UiPath’s move up the stack toward more sophisticated API automation capabilities — and workflow automation platform ServiceNow’s partnering with process mining specialist Celonis — are a sign that automation vendors are seeking to address CIOs’ broader concerns.

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20 IT certifications paying the highest premiums today

IT certifications can boost your career, but it’s not always easy to tell which certifications hold the most value for your resume. Moreover, pay associated with any given cert fluctuates based on business interest and the supply of IT pros who hold it. To help gauge certification values, Foote Partners tracks premiums paid for popular IT certifications in its 2021 IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index report.

The cash value of IT certifications is less volatile than that of non-certified IT skills, according to David Foote, co-founder, chief analyst, and chief research officer at Foote Partners. But certifications tend to spike in value after they’re launched and level out as more people get certified.

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BrandPost: BlackBox Hosting: On Track to Be Carbon Neutral by the End of 2022
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“As the parent of two young boys, I want them to live in a world that is the best that it can be. It’s my hope that, as a result of our company becoming carbon neutral, we can help our customers have the least impact on the environment possible.”

 -- Matthew Burden, CEO of BlackBox Hosting

With its headquarters on the Thames River in London, BlackBox Hosting is already well on the way to achieving its goal of being carbon neutral by the end of 2022. Today the company’s tier-3 data center in the city’s Docklands neighborhood, as well as its network of data center partners, are all powered by renewable energy sources, including hydro, solar, and wind power.

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- Martin Brinkmann
Microsoft is testing a fix for AMD's Windows 11 performance issue

Microsoft released a new build to Beta and Release Preview Channels of the company's Windows 11 operating system a few hours ago. The patch includes a huge number of fixes for issues […]

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- Mike Turcotte-McCusker
Ubuntu 21.10 Released

The next version of Ubuntu, 21.10 “Impish Indri” has been released, with nine months of support since it is not an LTS release. This version of Ubuntu comes with some new features, […]

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- Martin Brinkmann
How to use winget to install Microsoft Store applications

Microsoft released Windows Package Manager 1.1 earlier this month. The new version of the package manager, known as winget by its users, is available for Windows 10 version 1809 and newer, and […]

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- Ashwin
WhatsApp says it is rolling out end-to-end encrypted backups for Android and iOS users

WhatsApp has announced that is rolling out end-to-end encrypted backups for users on iOS and Android. The feature was revealed about a month ago, and had been spotted in the beta version […]

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- Mike Turcotte-McCusker
Arch Linux vs Ubuntu: which to choose?

Arch Linux and Ubuntu are two major Linux distributions that both get a lot of attention, have dedicated fanbases, and are used base-distributions for other systems that are forked off of them… […]

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- Martin Brinkmann
Brave improves bounce tracking protection with new Debouncing feature

The Nightly version of the Brave desktop browser supports a new privacy feature that Brave calls Debouncing. Debouncing is designed to disarm a tracking method called Bounce Tracking, or Redirect Tracking. Bounce […]

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- Martin Brinkmann
CyberGhost: cheap VPN with good media streaming support, but problematic parent company

CyberGhost is a commercial VPN provider that was founded in 2011 in Romania. The company’s VPN service is available for all major desktop and mobile operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS, Android, […]

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- Shaun
WhatsApp Will Consume Your Google Drive Storage Data: Backup Size Feature in the Works?

At the moment, WhatsApp backups won’t count against your Google Drive storage. That may be about to change. It seems there is more bad news for the Facebook-owned messaging app. It seems […]

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- Ashwin
Apple releases iOS 15.0.2 to fix two zero-day exploits; and fails to credit the researcher who found the vulnerability

Last month, Apple released an emergency update for its iPhones, iPads, Mac computers, and Apple Watches to fix a serious security vulnerability. It's happening again, two more zero-day vulnerabilities have been patched […]

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- Martin Brinkmann
Ghacks Deals: Whizlabs Online Certifications: Lifetime Membership

Whizlabs is a publisher of online certification training courses covering a wide variety of topics and skills, including certifications for AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Java, Project Management, Docker, Linux, Salesforce, Kubernetes, […]

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- Shaun
Are you looking for the best Google Drive extensions for Chrome? Check my list here!

Get the most use out of your favorite cloud storage with these extensions! Ever since its official launch back in 2012, Google Drive has become one of the most popular online cloud […]

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- Martin Brinkmann
First Windows 11 update impacts AMD performance issues even more

When Microsoft released Windows 11 last week, AMD published a support article in which it stated that the performance of AMD powered devices was up to 15% worse than on Windows 10 […]

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- Mike Turcotte-McCusker
FontOnLake Malware Can Target Linux Systems

Documentation released by internet security company, ESET, on October 7th, has given details to what was lesser known malware family that emerged this past May, including details that are very relevant to […]

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- Martin Brinkmann
Windows 11 on incompatible systems: Windows Update is working fine

Yesterday was the first Patch Tuesday after the release of the Windows 11 operating system a week earlier. It was clear that Microsoft would release the first cumulative update for Windows 11 […]

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- Shaun
What Does Archive Mean in Gmail?

Do you have a full Gmail inbox but don’t want to delete emails if you need them later? Archiving can be the answer, but what does that mean? Does your Gmail inbox […]

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- Ashwin
Windows 11's Task Manager now displays the site name, icon, tab title for Microsoft Edge processes

The Task Manager is a very useful feature in Windows, and the processes list is perhaps the most option in the tool. The list shows you the system resource usage of programs […]

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- Martin Brinkmann
How useful is Twitter's new "Soft Blocking" feature?

Twitter is rolling out a new feature on the web version of the service that enables users to soft block followers. Basically, what it allows users of the service to do is […]

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- Martin Brinkmann
Ghacks Deals: The Complete Ruby on Rails Super Bundle

Ruby on Rails is a popular programming language that emerged in 2005.  The Complete Ruby on Rails Super Bundle teaches you the web application framework. It includes 10 courses that have a […]

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- Martin Brinkmann
Microsoft Windows Security Updates October 2021 overview

Microsoft released security patches for all supported versions of its Windows operating system today on the October 2021 Patch Tuesday. The company released the first patch for Windows 11, the new version […]

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- Mike Turcotte-McCusker
IPVanish VPN Review: good performance, but not the cheapest

IPVanish is a commercial VPN service based in the USA that has been established since 2012. There are desktop programs available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, as well as apps for iOS […]

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- Nathaniel Fetalvero
Startup lessons from Squid Game
Also: CarDekho, Hibob, Leadrive, and more startups raised funding this week.
- TIA Bot
Series SEA: Who’s investing in the region’s SaaS startups?
We've compiled a list of investors that are pouring money into Southeast Asia’s software-as-a-service startups.
- TIA Bot
These are the most active investors in Southeast Asia’s startups
Which investors are writing the most checks to Southeast Asian startups?
- Aditya Hadi Pratama
Axie Infinity stops low-level players from earning SLP tokens
The new rule comes after a steady drop in the in-game token's prices, leading some players to question the game's sustainability.
- Miguel Cordon
China Roundup: Sogou CEO steps down after Tencent merger, more
Also, Alibaba said its workplace app had reached more than 500 million users as of August.
- Roehl Niño Bautista
Malaysian F&B, retail tech firm’s crowdfunding helps it reach $24m value
Eatcosys raised part of its US$2.4 million funding through equity crowdfunding platform Fundnel.
- Roehl Niño Bautista
Temasek commits $740m for yearly deep-tech investments
The Business Times reports that the funds will go to players in industries such as advanced manufacturing and foodtech.
- Jonathan Chew
At least 140 tech startups can trace their roots to Flipkart
We take a look at Flipkart’s extensive network of startup founders and Vietnam-based EI Industrial’s latest success with seed funding.
- Aditya Hadi Pratama
India Roundup: Pine Labs enters payment space, and more
Also, investment platform We Founder Circle launches a new accelerator program.
- Stefanie Yeo
What does it take to make customer experience frictionless?
Business leaders from Zalora and Freshworks weighed in on how to meet customers where they’re at with the help of technology at Re:Solve 2021.
- Aditya Hadi Pratama
Fintech platform bags $145m to serve underbanked in India, Kenya, others
Tala has disbursed more than US$2.7 billion in credit to over 6 million customers across four emerging markets.
- Zhiting Eng
[Workshop] How to manage your board as a startup
Pick up valuable tips from Vinnie Lauria, managing partner and startup advisor at Golden Gate Ventures and a board member of car platform Carro.
- Aditya Hadi Pratama
LinkedIn will shut down social features in China due to “greater requirements”
Later this year, the online portal will launch a new stand-alone jobs application platform in China, and users won't be able to share posts or articles.
- TIA Visuals
Weekly funding: CarDekho zooms ahead with $250m top up
Keep track of all the startup investment activities in Asia through our weekly funding list.
- Samreen Ahmad
Bangladesh Angels Network pumps $1m in textile waste recycler
According to Reverse Resources, Bangladesh could save US$500 million if 15% of new cotton imports were replaced by recycled cotton waste.
- Melvin Chen
Innovation Journeys: Chatbot Automation
Singapore International Chamber of Commerce's chief executive Victor Mills and 2359 Media's account manager Victoria Ng share the story of their journey as innovation partners.
- Deepti Sri
Singapore JV to offer green solutions to SMEs
While CO2X will initially focus on transportation and logistics, it aims to expand its offerings to other industries such as construction and hospitality.
- Kul Bhushan
A Singapore energy firm banked $3m with this deck
The company had earlier raised US$800,000 in seed funding from Entrepreneur First, Michael Gryseels, and Apsara Investment.
- Aditya Hadi Pratama
Indonesian hospitality brand’s series B round led by Indies Capital
Artotel Group manages around 20 properties with 3,000 rooms following its acquisition of hospitality brand Kyriad.
- TIA Bot
Series SEA: Who’s investing in the region’s biotech startups?
We've compiled a list of investors that are pouring money into Southeast Asia’s biotech startups.
Best media streaming devices

It’s an excellent time to buy a media streaming device, whether you’ve just cut the cable cord or you’re looking to supplement your TV package with an online video service like Netflix, Hulu, or a newcomer like Apple TV+ or Disney+. Compared to the typical smart TV, standalone streamers such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K and the all-new Nvidia Shield TV tend to have bigger app selections, faster performance, and more features. And with so much competition between device makers, the hardware is becoming faster, more capable, and more affordable.

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Roku Streaming Stick 4K review: This fast and fluid dongle mostly does it all

If you want to buy a streaming player without overthinking it, just get the new Roku Streaming Stick 4K.

This $50 streaming dongle feels fast and fluid, and it supports 4K HDR video with both Dolby Vision and HDR10+. More importantly, it's a straightforward streaming device full of helpful features, and its improved Wi-Fi receiver helps it get better reception than previous low-cost Roku players.

I will continue to nitpick the Roku interface, which could use more convenient ways to follow and discover things to watch. Still, it's a far calmer experience than Amazon's Fire TV devices, a safer (if less visionary) pick than the Chromecast with Google TV, and a much cheaper option than any Apple TV box.

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Best soundbars to improve your TV's audio

Technology has enabled TVs to become ever flatter, thinner, and lighter, but it can’t overcome the laws of physics when it comes to audio. Filling a room with sound requires substantial speakers that can move a lot of air, and those types of speakers just won’t fit inside a thin TV chassis. That’s where soundbars come in.

We’ll explain all the latest soundbar technology, show you the most important features you should look for, and name our top picks in budget, mid-range, and high-end categories. We’ll also provide links to all our reviews of soundbars currently on the market, so you can find exactly the right one for your needs.

Updated on October 15, 2021 with our full review of the second-gen Sonos Beam. While the refreshed Beam looks nearly identical to its predecessor and contains the same driver configuration, it adds a couple of key features: Dolby Atmos and eARC support. The new Sonos Beam replaces the original as our runner-up pick for best mid-range soundbar. 

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Sonos Beam (2nd gen) review: The Sonos Arc’s smaller sibling now does Dolby Atmos, too

Last year’s Sonos Arc is a heck of a soundbar, but it’s also hella big, not to mention expensive (particularly following a recent Sonos price hike). For those with less room and a tighter budget, the just-refreshed and more affordable Sonos Beam might make for a better fit. With a five-driver array and a trio of passive radiators, the Beam delivers relatively big, wide, and deep sound from a small, all-in-one package, and you can always upgrade it with additional Sonos speakers.

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Best smart bulbs for your connected home

Smart LED bulbs that can be controlled by a hub or smartphone app are no longer a new idea. What is new is how far this technology has come since its advent just a few years ago. Also new: Products like the Nanoleaf Light Panels—a system of interlocking LED panels that let you decorate with light—fundamentally change the light-bulb concept.

Smart LED bulbs aren’t quite a commodity, but they are getting close to maturity as far as the market goes. Today’s bulbs are more compact, much brighter, have better color representation, and, for the most part, feature control apps that do more than ever and are easier to set up. Prices have also come down, with some no-name color-tunable bulbs now available for less than $10 each. (Buyer beware: You get what you pay for.)

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Nanoleaf Lines review: These smart, backlit light lines can put on a show

Nanoleaf has always prided itself on breaking the mold with its smart lights, from its earliest light panels to its Shapes and recent Elements line. Heck, even Nanoleaf’s 120-sided “Essentials” A19 bulb dances to its own beat. Now Nanoleaf has something new up its sleeve: Lines, a modular smart lighting product with backlit, foot-long “line lights” that shine in up to 16 million colors and snap onto hexagonal connectors, allowing for a variety of customizable designs.

Unlike Nanoleaf’s previous smart lighting product, the Elements light panels, the Lines aren’t understated or subtle. While the monochromatic, “wood-look” Elements were designed to blend in to your dining room decor, the colorful, eye-catching Lines are practically begging to go with your RGB-equipped gaming rig, where they can jazz up your Twitch stream and even mirror the colors on your screen. And while the handsome Elements look pretty good when they’re not glowing, the same can’t be said of the Lines, which are a bit of an eyesore when they’re powered off.

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DirecTV Stream's cancellation policy is a total mess now

Convenient online cancellation has always been one of cord cutting's greatest perks. Whether you're cancelling Netflix, Hulu, YouTube TV, or Philo, you never have to pick up the phone or deal with annoying customer service representatives to get rid of your service.

DirecTV Stream, formerly known as AT&T TV, AT&T Now, and DirecTV Now, has become the exception. In recent weeks, DirecTV quietly changed its policies so that most new customers can only stop service though an online chat, while some existing customers must call a customer service number to cancel. Easy online cancellation only remains available for some legacy subscribers and for customers in New York and California, where state laws require fewer hoops to jump through.

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Wyze Cam Pan v2 review: Incremental upgrades for $10 extra

Adding a motorized pan/tilt system to a security camera used to be a pricey proposition. Wyze threw that calculus out the window in 2018 with the launch of its $30 Wyze Cam Pan, and with the Cam Pan v2, it’s ready to outdo itself. Sure, the price tag has hit a whopping $40 (well, whopping for Wyze, anyway), but a handful of new features and upgraded specs ensure that you’re still getting one of the best values in the business.

Design and specifications

If you’ve seen the original Cam Pan, the hardware design of the Cam Pan v2 won’t surprise you. It’s still designed as a vertical monolith 5 inches tall and 2 inches both wide and deep, with a bulbous lens on one of its faces. Panning causes the camera to swivel on its base, while tilting moves the lens component up and down. There’s not really a zoom feature; you can pinch to enlarge the image in the app, but this is really just a digital effect. The camera has no battery and requires permanent power via its microUSB port. Cable and adapter are included.

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Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

Whether you rent or own, you want the best security camera system for keeping an eye on your home while you’re gone. That used to entail signing on with a professional—and pricey—security service like ADT. But a boom in consumer-level smart-home tech is putting indoor and outdoor home surveillance into our own hands.

These close cousins of webcams require minimal installation and offer flexible setups and a range of security features. Indeed, the offerings vary widely by camera, and deciding what to buy gets more daunting as this category grows ever more crowded. But whether you’re looking for an easy way to check on your kids and pets, or a full-service sentinel to monitor for intruders, we’ll help find the right product for your needs.

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The iconic Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin wireless speaker is back—and entirely new

Bowers & Wilkins turned heads when it brought the highly unconventional Zeppelin to market 15 years ago. The all-in-one speaker shaped like the German dirigible sounded better than anything in its class, and it could stream music from your iPod—remember those?—while charging it. The 2015 model dropped the iPod dock—and the Apple exclusivity—while also adding support for the aptX codec. B&W’s engineers have gone back to the drawing board one more time to reimagine the Zeppelin for today’s streaming age.

The speaker’s shape is no gimmick, so B&W had no intention of messing with a winning formula, even if they have upgraded all the components inside it. The design places the speaker’s decoupled double-dome tweeters—the same high-frequency drivers used in the 600 Anniversary Series loudspeakers—at the far ends of enclosure, where they’re fully isolated from vibrations produced by the other larger drivers.

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Using Siri on an Ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control: First impressions

Apple announced last June that it would soon open its Siri digital assistant to third-party device manufacturers. Well, sort of, anyway. In typical Apple fashion, the company’s announcement included a caveat: To use Siri on a third-party device you’ll need to also have a HomePod or HomePod mini smart speaker on your home network—because it’s the HomePod that will ultimately process your request.

The Ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control was the one third-party device Apple demonstrated during its WWDC developers conference, and it is so far the only third-party device to achieve compatibility. Ecobee recently invited me to participate in its beta-testing program to learn more about the integration. Here are my first impressions.

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Best Bluetooth speakers: Reviews and buying advice

Bluetooth speakers were once like jelly beans: They were cheap, they all looked the same, and they were invariably of dubious quality. Times have changed. Every major audio manufacturer has at least one model on the market today, and most have several. And you’ll find some incredible deals from companies you might never had heard of.

If you haven’t listened to a Bluetooth speaker lately, you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. Read on for our top picks.

That said, the industry’s progress doesn’t mean that every Bluetooth speaker justifies its price tag, no matter how inexpensive it might be. There’s still plenty of dreck floating around. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you steer clear of the junk and point you to the best speakers at the price range that fits your budget.

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Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

You don’t need to live in a smart home to benefit from smart speakers. Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and other digital assistants can help you in dozens of ways, and you don’t have to lift a finger to summon them—just speak their names. If you’ve already decided you want a smart speaker, click here for our top recommendations

But consider your decision carefully. In a perfect world, these devices would be interoperable, so you could buy one brand because it’s better for music, another brand because it’s the best for smart home control, and a third because it’s superior for retrieving general information from the internet. That’s not how it works in the real world. Once you commit to one platform, you’ll want to stick with it.

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Tronsmart Splash 1 Bluetooth Speaker review: Good on-the-go audio, on the cheap

It’s no startling revelation that a portable, IPX7-rated Bluetooth speaker named Splash 1 is meant for going to the beach, dipping in the pool, and trekking the rough and wooly outdoors. The name also sounds good, but what is a bit startling about this water-resistance speaker is the price: a ridiculously low $30.  

Design and features

The Splash 1 is a circular puck about 4.25 inches in diameter and roughly two inches thick. It floats and sports a captive adjustable lanyard that was just barely able to accomodate my head. Then again, the speaker designed to hang off a beach chair arm, your backpack, a shower spigot, or the like rather than around your neck, so no biggie.

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Denon Home 150 and 250 review: These HEOS-enabled speakers now boast built-in Alexa

Denon’s line of Home wireless speakers have been out on the market for more than a year now, but they just got a feature that made them worthy of a fresh look: built-in Alexa, courtesy of a recent firmware update. That means the Denon Home 150, Home 250, and other Denon Home devices are now smart speakers, on par with similar wireless speakers from the formidable Sonos.

I’ve been testing the $249 Denon Home 150 and $499 Denon Home 250 for several months now, in anticipation of the Alexa update that dropped only recently.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best smart speakers and displays, where you’ll find reviews of the competition’s offerings, plus a buyer’s guide to the features you should consider when shopping for this type of product.

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Sencentric SimpleSence Capteur review: Add-on tails extend this water sensor's reach

Of all the things that can go wrong in a house, a water leak is close to the worst. It’s especially nefarious because it can begin without warning, slowly doing damage for days or weeks until it’s much too late, introducing substructure flooding and causing the growth of toxic mold.

The good news is that it is increasingly easy to detect when water leaks occur, and when we last reviewed Sencentric’s SimpleSence in 2019, we declared it an effective if simplistic way to detect both water leaks and freezes. Now that the product has been modestly updated for 2021—and given an extension to its name, Capteur—we’re taking a fresh look at the device.

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Best water leak detectors for smart homes

Fire might be a homeowner’s greatest fear, but any insurance company will tell you that water is the far more common cause of property damage, even if you don’t live in an area subject to flooding. And it can come from many sources: A failing water heater, a burst pipe, a broken supply line under your sink, a clogged toilet, or even a split hose connected to your washing machine.

Just as it’s essential to have a smoke detector in each of your home’s bedrooms and common areas, you’d be wise to install leak detectors in places where water damage could start: The laundry room, water heater closet, the bathroom, under your kitchen sink, and so on. Leak alerts are arguably less important for renters, but it’s something landlords might want to consider—although that raises the issue of how the sensors would connect to the internet. More on that later.

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Mysa for AC review: A stylish addition to the smart-AC controller arena

Mysa makes one of our favorite smart thermostats for high-voltage heating, and now it’s brought an excellent air-conditioner controller to market. The Mysa Smart Thermostat for Air Conditioners competes squarely with the best products we’ve tested, including the Sensibo Air.

Stylish and easy to set up

Mysa’s new controller looks very much like a smaller version of the company’s thermostat for high-voltage heaters. The sleek, minimalist design uses an LED display to show just the necessary data, via either numbers or emoji-like symbols and arrows. It’s a simple, intuitive interface that gives users the option to control their AC either from the Mysa device itself or, more likely, the app. It’s meant to replace the remote that came with your window or portable AC (or ductless mini-split heat pumps). The device is compatible with a wide range of air conditioners, but you should check the company’s website to make sure yours is on the list.

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Q Acoustics extends its exciting Concept speaker line to lure a wider audience

Q Acoustics is expanding its Concept product line by launching of a new set of loudspeakers. Using engineering and design ideas first developed for the company’s top-of-the-line loudspeakers, the more modestly priced Concept 30 stand-mounted speaker, Concept 50 floor-standing speaker, and Concept 90 center channel incorporate technology and design cues from the company’s much pricier Concept 300 and Concept 500 lines. (TechHive reviewed the Concept 300 in late 2019.)

Both the Concept 30 and Concept 50 pairs will be marketed for stereo listening, but the British hi-fi manufacturer is also offering a home-theater package that will incorporate the new speakers in a 5.1 surround-sound setup: The Concept 50 speakers in front, the Concept 30 in the rear, the Concept 90 in the center for dialog, and the previously released Q B12 subwoofer for the low-end rumble.

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Hulu’s best movies for cord-cutters

Feature films are a relatively new area for Hulu, so to come up with this list, we also considered its much larger collection of documentaries, its horror movie series Into the Dark, and a some of the great catalogue titles that make the service worthy of a subscription.

There are several ways to subscribe to Hulu: The least-expensive option is supported by ads, but costs only $5.99 per month. You can dispense with the ads by signing up for Hulu’s ad-free program at $11.99 per month. And if you’re looking for live TV streaming along with Hulu’s other content, check out Hulu + Live TV at $64.99. That level service includes the local broadcast channels in your area, but enter your zip code on Hulu’s website to ensure it’s available in your area. 

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- Michael Desmond

Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is the management of infrastructure (networks, virtual machines, load balancers, and connection topology) through machine-readable definition files, rather

The post Hands On Tech: Infrastructure as Code appeared first on Gigaom.

- Enrico Signoretti
Evolution of Hybrid Cloud Data Protection

In June we published updated versions of our Hybrid Cloud Data Protection Key Criteria and Radar reports. This year we decided to

The post Evolution of Hybrid Cloud Data Protection appeared first on Gigaom.

- Enrico Signoretti
Introducing the GigaOm Sonar Report

I love working for Gigaom because we don’t settle. Ever. The Gigaom Key Criteria and Radar reports have gotten a lot of

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- Jon Collins

The term Observability might come as a conundrum for anyone who has been involved in IT Operations over the years, given how

The post Why Cloud Observability Now? appeared first on Gigaom.

- Michael Desmond

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are redefining the enterprise IT landscape, as across verticals see the potential for AI and

The post Poised for Growth: GigaOm CEO on What Tech is Next appeared first on Gigaom.

- GigaOm Research

High-performance object storage is a data storage architecture designed for handling large amounts of unstructured data. It has historically been known for

The post Changing Outlook for High-Performance Object Storage appeared first on Gigaom.

- William McKnight

We are seeing increasing numbers of enterprise projects where data is produced, consumed, analyzed, and reacted to in real-time. In this way,

The post Apache Pulsar Demonstrates Best-in-Class Cloud-Native Price-Performance appeared first on Gigaom.

- Jon Collins

In the highly competitive and skilled world of enterprise IT, continued technology training has always been a huge part of career development.

The post Becoming a Learning Company: Why Boosting Training is Just as Important as Operations appeared first on Gigaom.

- Michael Desmond

There’s a lot of buzz lately around platforms designed to make building, designing, and launching applications easier and more accessible for people

The post Citizen Code: The Promise of Low-Code and No-Code Platforms appeared first on Gigaom.

- Enrico Signoretti
Why We Need Cloud-Native Data Protection

All enterprises were already using cloud computing in one way or the other when the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly accelerated the migration of

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- Harshita
Epson EcoTank ET-3760 Driver Download, Install, and Update for Windows PC
A precise, quick & easy tutorial on how to download and update Epson EcoTank ET – 3760 driver on Windows 10, 8, 7 PC. Got a new Epson EcoTank ET-3760 printer? If yes then you should learn how to install the respective drivers to ensure its smooth operations. Epson ET-3760 is an all-in-one multifunction printer […]
- Harshita
How to Fix Far Cry 6 Crash on Windows PC {SOLVED}
In this write-up, you will learn how to fix Far Cry 6 crashing on Windows 10, 8, 7 PC. For better insights, go through the entire tutorial. Do you like to play first-person shooting games on PC? If yes, then Far Cry would be your most preferred game of the same genre. Didn’t it? Far […]
- Harshita
How to Download, Install & Update Canon MX870 Driver for Windows PC
Today, we are going to discuss the handiest methods to download and update Canon MX870 printer driver on Windows 10, 8, 7 PC. Have you lately bought a Canon PIXMA MX870 printer? If so, then to make it function properly with your Windows OS, you need to download the accurate driver file on your PC. […]
- Tanmay Sharma
5 Best Third Person Shooter Games for Xbox One You Must Play in 2021
Gaming is fun when you have chosen the right games. There are many games in the market that offer a similar experience on paper but when you purchase them and play. The experience is totally different. Most gamers are now aware of the scam which is why everyone prefers to read reviews about the game. […]
- Tanmay Sharma
13 Best Application Performance Monitoring Tools in 2021
Performance monitor application like APM helps you in monitoring and managing the performance of a software. There are various aspects about which the software is scanned for, you can easily use any application performance monitoring tool and check the performance effectively. To make the work easy we have shared the 13 best performance monitoring software […]
- Harshita
Lenovo IdeaPad 100 Drivers Download & Update on Windows 10
Detailed installation guide to download, install and update Lenovo IdeaPad 100 drivers on Windows 10 PC. Lenovo IdeaPad 100, an affordable, productive, and slim laptop with high-end Intel processors. The laptop has a good long battery life, a fascinating design, robust performance, touchpad gesture support, and more. But, to ensure its smooth functioning, you should […]
- Tanmay Sharma
Apple Released the Latest 15.0.2 Version of the iOS and iPadOS for Bug Fixes
Apple has recently introduced the latest iOS version that is 15.0.2. The new update will bring out efficiency as it offers better performance with some bug fixes. The list of bugs that have been fixed includes security flaws and Find My. The latest update on the iPhone 12 mini is around 531.1MB. Here is What […]
- Prachi Dani
15 Best IPTV Players for Windows PC in 2021
In this blog, we will discuss some of the best IPTV players for Windows 10, 8, 7 which can bring any television channel of the world to your doorsteps.  Till now, the primary source of watching television shows was broadcast channels supported by antennas, satellite dishes, and fiber optic cables.  However, with the rapid growth […]
- Harshita
How to Fix New World High CPU Usage on Windows 10, 8, 7
Don’t worry, if you are encountering New World high CPU usage on Windows 10. The inconvenience can be fixed with one of the solutions explained below.  Recently, Amazon Games released a multiplayer online game called New World. Since the official release day, the game has faced immense queues. But, even after closing or opening the […]
- Monil
How to Download & Update HDMI Driver on Windows 10
Download and update HDMI driver to its latest version to keep the HDMI-related problems at bay. Read this article to learn the quick and effective ways to do it. HDMI, an acronym for High-Definition Multimedia Interface, is a proprietary interface for transmitting high-resolution digital video and audio from an HDMI-compliant source, such as a video […]
- Kellen
I Really Want Google to Make This Android 12 Battery Widget

Yes, the image above is of an iPhone. Ignore that part of it. What I want you to look at is that sweet battery widget that iOS has, which shows the battery percentage of each device you have connected over Bluetooth. It’s freakin’ awesome and is one of those that I wish I already had … Continued

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- Kellen
Pixel Sounds Update Brings New Design, Lovely New Tones

Google started pushing out an update to its “Sounds” app for Pixel phones today that not only brings a refreshed UI, it adds a new category of sounds called “Material Adventures.” The new sounds are absolutely lovely. If you open Google Play at the moment, or hit that link below, you should find an update … Continued

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- Tim
Report: Nothing is Working on a Phone, Launch Expected Early Next Year

Carl Pei’s Nothing is reported to be working on a smartphone, taking a big leap after its release of a single pair of earbuds. If this news surprises you, earlier this week, the company announced it raised $50 million in funding, plus a new partnership with Qualcomm to help power its “tech ecosystem.” Keep in … Continued

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- Kellen
WhatsApp Adds End-to-End Encryption for Backups

WhatsApp has had end-to-end encryption for all of the messages you send for a solid 5 years now, as long as those messages are only stored on your device. For those who want backups of those chats to store on Google Drive or iCloud, that same encryption hasn’t been there, well, until now. Facebook and … Continued

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- Tim
Qualcomm Clearly Mad About Google Tensor, Tries to Meme

If you’re on Twitter, you’ve likely seen the latest trend that has a statement or quote followed by a ton of red flag emoji. It’s basically a warning sign meme, and of course, companies are trying to get on it for social media currency in the form of likes and retweets. This week, Qualcomm’s official … Continued

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- Tim
Google Search Results on Mobile Will Now Keep Going… and Going… and Going

Google detailed this morning that mobile Search users will now have their results feature continuous scrolling. This means no more page numbers at the bottom of the results. Instead, the results page will now simply keep going and going until there are no more results. Google says that, “While you can often find what you’re … Continued

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- Kellen
Samsung October Updates: Galaxy S21, S20, Note 20, and Tab S7 Have Been Blessed

The wave of October Android updates has hit Samsung’s best devices this week, with the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S20, and Galaxy Note 20 lines all seeing some action. The update isn’t big, since we’re all really just waiting for Android 12 and One UI 4, but we’ll never say “no” to another monthly patch. The … Continued

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- Tim
Verizon 5G Upload Speeds Hit New Highs in Latest Lab Trials

Verizon announced this week that during lab trials while testing the latest and greatest 5G mmWave technology in partnership with Samsung and Qualcomm, it reached wireless upload speeds of 711 Mbps. While download speeds have exceeded this number for some time, Verizon says that this 711 number, “is the fastest speed the companies have been … Continued

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- Kellen
A Bunch of Verizon’s Visible Customers had Their Accounts Messed With

Customers on the Visible prepaid service that’s powered by Verizon are having a very frustrating week. At least 3 days ago, reports on reddit surfaced from customers claiming to have had their accounts hacked, with email, password, and addresses being changed before orders for things like new phones were placed. It’s hard to grasp just … Continued

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- Tim
Samsung Updates Continuous Heart Rate Graph in Health App, Users Aren’t Happy

Galaxy Watch 4 users are noticing a visualization change after an update to the Samsung Health app. According to upset users, Samsung has removed the Continuous Heart Rate graph that allowed people to look back at exactly what their heart has been up to. In its place, a new graph has been implemented, which may … Continued

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- Tim
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked Part 2 Happens October 20!

Invitations are headed out for Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked Part 2, set to take place October 20 at 10AM ET. According to the video’s description that the company posted to its YouTube account, “Join Part 2 on October 20 to see how Samsung is opening up new experiences for self-expression through technology.” In the video, we … Continued

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- Kellen
Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra is Here With Solid Upgrades

The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra is now official and is without a doubt the most impressive (on paper) from Mobvoi to date. After finding success with last year’s TicWatch Pro 3 and the Snapdragon Wear 4100, this new Ultra model has several key upgrades that’ll make it an addition to the short list of … Continued

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- Kellen
Why Won’t You Buy the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro?

Google has the end of 2021 to itself to showcase new phones, like it usually does, but with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, the situation is much different than we are used to. By now, we’ve often seen far-too-early reviews of upcoming Pixel phones, know all of the details, and have mostly figured … Continued

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- Tim
Watch Samsung’s Foldables Get Bent, Dunked, and Poked in Stress Tests

Samsung released a fun video this week, detailing the process its latest foldable devices go through to ensure they’re ready for the mass market. If you’re some sorta freak and enjoy watching phones getting tortured, I suppose this video is for you. Buncha weirdos, man, but no judgement from me. Our Reviews: Galaxy Z Flip … Continued

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- Kellen
Motorola Edge (2021) Heads to Verizon With Cheaper Price

Motorola announced a new Edge phone back in August and I have no idea if anyone bought it. At the time, it was priced pretty well, down to $500. However, the price increased to $700 shortly after and then faded away from our memories. It’s returning today because Verizon is now carrying it, only Verizon … Continued

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- Tatyana Woodall
NASA’s Lucy spacecraft, named for an early human ancestor whose skeleton provided insights into our species’ muddled origins, has begun the first leg of its 12-year journey. Lifting off from Cape Canaveral early Saturday morning on an Atlas V rocket, Lucy is headed to study asteroids in an area around Jupiter that’s been relatively unchanged…
- Siobhan Roberts
The last 20 months turned every dog into an amateur epidemiologist and statistician. Meanwhile, a group of bona fide epidemiologists and statisticians came to believe that pandemic problems might be more effectively solved by adopting the mindset of an engineer: that is, focusing on pragmatic problem-solving with an iterative, adaptive strategy to make things work.…
- Janice Zdankus, Anthony Delli Colli
Getting the most from your data-driven transformation: 10 key principles
The importance of data to today’s businesses can’t be overstated. Studies show data-driven companies are 58% more likely to beat revenue goals than non-data-driven companies and 162% more likely to significantly outperform laggards. Data analytics are helping nearly half of all companies make better decisions about everything, from the products they deliver to the markets they target. Data is…
- Will Douglas Heaven
Facebook wants machines to see the world through our eyes
We take it for granted that machines can recognize what they see in photos and videos. That ability rests on large data sets like ImageNet, a hand-curated collection of millions of photos used to train most of the best image-recognition models of the last decade.  But the images in these data sets portray a world…
- Charlotte Jee
A warning: Conspiracy theories about covid are helping disseminate anti-Semitic beliefs to a wider audience, warns a new report by the antiracist advocacy group Hope not Hate. The report says that not only has the pandemic revived interest in the “New World Order” conspiracy theory of a secret Jewish-run elite that aims to run the…
- Lindsay Muscato
Welcome to I Was There When, a new oral history project from the In Machines We Trust podcast. It features stories of how breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and computing happened, as told by the people who witnessed them. In this first episode, we meet Joseph Atick— who helped create the first commercially viable face recognition…
- Will Douglas Heaven
AI fake-face generators can be rewound to reveal the real faces they trained on
Load up the website This Person Does Not Exist and it’ll show you a human face, near-perfect in its realism yet totally fake. Refresh and the neural network behind the site will generate another, and another, and another. The endless sequence of AI-crafted faces is produced by a generative adversarial network (GAN)—a type of AI…
- Darren Byler
The covid tech that is intimately tied to China’s surveillance state
Sometime in mid-2019, a police contractor in the Chinese city of Kuitun tapped a young college student from the University of Washington on the shoulder as she walked through a crowded market intersection. The student, Vera Zhou, didn’t notice the tapping at first because she was listening to music through her earbuds as she weaved…
- James Temple
The plummeting costs of renewables, the growing strength of the clean energy sector, and the rising influence of activists have begun to shift the politics of climate action in the US, panelists argued during MIT Technology Review’s annual EmTech conference last week. Those forces allowed President Joe Biden to put climate change at the center…
- Tatyana Woodall
The moon may have been more volcanically active than we realized. Lunar samples that China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft brought to Earth are revealing new clues about volcanoes and lava plains on the moon’s surface. In a study published today in Science, researchers describe the youngest lava samples ever collected on the moon.   The samples were taken from Oceanus Procellarum, a region known for having had huge lakes of…
- Jim Robbins
Ground-Level Ozone Is a Creeping Threat to Biodiversity
Scientists are learning how this pollutant damages plants and trees, setting off a cascade of effects that harms everything from soil microbes to wildlife.
- Simon Hill
Turn Your Smart Home Into a Haunted House With Spooky Tech
Add some high-tech horror to your Halloween decorations with scary sounds, frightening lights, and more.
- Suzie Glassman
The Best Assistive Technology for Dyslexics
Whether you're grappling with homework or just trying to get things done, these tools will help your tech adapt to you—instead of the other way around.
- Gear Team
The 14 Best Weekend Deals on TVs, Headphones, and More
From gorgeous LG OLED models to Apple's AirPods Pro, there are a ton of great sales going on right now.
- Jess Grey
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla Needs More Epic Viking Tunes
Norse warriors were famously musical, and people in the Dark Ages kind of hated that.
- Adrienne So
11 Fun Subscription Boxes for Kids of All Ages
These monthly deliveries will help kids start coding, read about the world, cook, or learn science.
- Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica
Missouri Threatens to Sue a Reporter Over a Security Flaw
The governor warned that he would take legal action against a journalist who identified a vulnerability that exposed teachers’ Social Security numbers.
- Eve Sneider
FDA Backs Boosters, Travel Restrictions Lift, and More News
Catch up on the most important updates from this week.
- Geek's Guide to the Galaxy
What If Panic Over Social Media Is Overblown?
Perhaps fears over Facebook aren't that much different than previous worries over the effects of video games or Dungeons & Dragons.
- WIRED Staff
Facebook Doesn’t Have to Be Terrible
This week, we talked about revelations from whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony—and whether this reckoning will finally change the social media giant.
- Jeffrey Van Camp, Brenda Stolyar
Which Sonos Speakers Should You Buy?
From the Move to the Beam, we've tested nearly every speaker from the venerable brand. We like them all—but here are the best picks to fit your lifestyle.
- Angela Watercutter
Dave Chappelle, 'Squid Game,' and the Problem of Popularity
Maybe the most surprising thing about 'The Closer' is how many people are watching it.
- Laurence Russell
Aragami 2 Reminds Us of the Value of Life—and Ninjas
The nostalgic third-person stealth game about assassination accommodates nonlethal gameplay at every level.
- Rhett Allain
Could MJ Really Hang on During Spider-Man’s Swing?
Shooting a web from your hands requires Spidey powers. But does keeping your grip on one of them require Spidey strength?
- Simon Hill
How to Share Your Location on an iPhone or Android
Whether it’s through Google Maps or Emergency SOS, there are plenty of ways to quickly let your loved ones know where you are.
- Steven Levy
Facebook Isn't the Only Thing That Failed Free Speech
Plus: Zuck’s Georgetown speech, Microsoft’s upgrade plans, and William Shatner’s trip to space.
- Noah Giansiracusa
How Facebook Hides How Terrible It Is With Hate Speech
The company publicly claims its AI is amazing at removing harmful content, but internal documents suggest they know the algorithm is ineffective.
- Louryn Strampe
The New Polaroid Now+ Has Groovy Clip-On Filters
Polaroid’s latest instant camera gives vintage manual photography a much-needed refresh.
- Sara Harrison
The Malaria Vaccine Is a Big Deal, but Not a Silver Bullet
RTS,S proves that shots can work against parasites. But to eradicate this disease, scientists say we need more than just one tool.
- Will Knight
LinkedIn’s Exit From China Cuts Another East-West Bridge
The Microsoft subsidiary had agreed in 2014 to censor content in China, but that apparently wasn’t enough for tougher government regulators.
- Sean Szymkowski
2022 Toyota Tundra, Subaru BRZ, Lexus LX 600 and more: Roadshow's week in review     - Roadshow
Here's a look back at the biggest stories from the week ending Oct. 16.
- Brian Bennett
With Pixel 6 coming soon, is it still worth buying a Pixel 3, 4 or 5?     - CNET
If you can't wait for the Pixel 6, which should be unveiled Tuesday at Google's fall event, let's consider your other Pixel options.
- Jon Skillings
9 great reads from CNET this week: Scotch whisky, NASA's Lucy, ransomware and more     - CNET
How Scotch distilleries are crafting whisky for tomorrow's world, what the Lucy spacecraft will be up to out in the solar system, why ransomware is now a national security threat, and much more.
- Chowhound Staff
The best wine club for 2021     - CNET
Wine subscriptions abound in 2021. Find the wine club that's best for you.
- Roadshow staff
Best new cars under $40,000 on sale today     - Roadshow
$40,000 can buy a lot of car. Let us help you find the right one.
- Lisa Eadicicco
I switched to the iPhone 13 Mini. Here are 3 things I loved -- and 3 I hated     - CNET
Commentary: Apple's smaller smartphone doesn't have me convinced.
- Jackson Ryan
NASA's Lucy spacecraft launches on first ever mission to Jupiter's Trojan asteroids     - CNET
The asteroids are 4.6-billion-year-old relics from the solar system's earliest days.
- Dave Johnson
Hey, bookworm! Save $29 by getting three months of Kindle Unlimited for 99 cents     - CNET
Usually $10 per month, Kindle Unlimited gives you unlimited access to over a million books.
- Brian Cooley
EV range: Maximize an electric car's potential     - Roadshow
Check these tips to make sure you make sure you maximize an EV's range.
- Brian Bennett
Google Pixel 6 vs. Pixel 5: How we think the newer phone will stack up     - CNET
Google's Pixel 6 will be unveiled next week. In the meantime, here's what we've heard about what's changing from last year.
- Ty Pendlebury
Sonos Beam Gen 2 review: Atmos, Alexa and the best music streaming get even better     - CNET
Excellent features and sound quality make this compact soundbar worth the money.
- Joshua Goldman
Best Nintendo Switch accessories for 2021     - CNET
From controllers to charging to protection, here are our recommendations to keep you playing at your best.
- Molly Price
5 subtle devices that don't scream 'smart home'     - CNET
Not every connected thing in your home needs to be flashy. These products prove it.
- Alexandra Garrett
Apple's October event: New Macs, AirPods 3 and all other rumors     - CNET
Apple's next event is set for Oct. 18. Here's everything we know so far.
- Sean Szymkowski
Best bug and tar remover for cars     - Roadshow
Removing bugs and other road grime is a real pain, but not when you have the best products at your disposal.
- Ian Sherr
How to watch Apple's October event live without leaving your couch     - CNET
We're expecting to see new Mac computers powered by Apple silicon, as well as potentially some new AirPods.
- Alexandra Garrett
iPhone 13 specs comparison: iPhone 13 vs. Mini vs. Pro vs. Pro Max     - CNET
Here's how Apple's four newest iPhone 13 models compare.
- Karisa Langlo
Google Pixel 6 rumors, leaks and guesses before Tuesday's big event     - CNET
The Pixel 6 is scheduled to launch on Oct. 19. Here's all the buzz we've heard about its release date, price, camera upgrade, Tensor chip and more.
- Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
Hulu: 10 of the best films to watch tonight     - CNET
Book 'em, Ponch: The CHIPS movie is now streaming on Hulu.
- Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
Hulu: The 39 best TV shows to watch tonight     - CNET
Michael Keaton stars in the acclaimed new show Dopesick as a doctor who's trying to fight America's opioid epidemic.
- Ellen Cushing
Slackers of the World, Unite!
Why employees love the software, and bosses don’t
- Olga Khazan
What Slack Does for Women
For years, women have had to control their voice, posture, and demeanor in the workplace. With Slack, we don’t have to worry about any of that.
- Daniel Engber
A Peer-Reviewed Portrait of Suffering
James and Lindsay Sulzer have spent their careers developing technologies to help people recover from disease or injury. Their daughter’s freak accident changed their work—and lives—forever.
- Alizeh Kohari
Americans Had It Easy During the Facebook Outage
WhatsApp is the digital scaffolding for much of the global South.
- Robinson Meyer
Rivian Wants to Be the Apple of Electric Pickup Trucks
Or maybe the Patagonia
- Ian Bogost
A Day Without Facebook
The social giant’s temporary disappearance means absolutely nothing.
- Derek Robertson
Peyton and Eli Manning Can’t Save the NFL
The retired quarterbacks are giving Monday Night Football a glow up. But the league needs to do more than that to connect with Gen Z.
- Saahil Desai
Misinformation Is About to Get So Much Worse
A conversation with the former Google CEO Eric Schmidt
- Adrienne LaFrance
The Largest Autocracy on Earth
Facebook is acting like a hostile foreign power; it’s time we treated it that way.
- Kaitlyn Tiffany
Tucker Carlson Makes a Play for the Barbz
Nicki Minaj fans are defending her vaccine hesitancy, and the right is using it as a recruitment opportunity.
- Kaitlyn Tiffany
The Al Capone Approach to Anti-vaxxers
The social-media giants are going after vaccine liars and conspiracists for technicalities. Is there a better way to protect the truth?
- Amanda Mull
Americans Have No Idea What the Supply Chain Really Is
Behind shipping delays and soaring prices are workers still at mortal risk of COVID-19.
- Saahil Desai
It Has Come to Subscription Tacos
Even Taco Bell is a tech company now.
- Ian Bogost
Ebooks Are an Abomination
If you hate them, it’s not your fault.
- Kai-Fu Lee
The Third Revolution in Warfare
First there was gunpowder. Then nuclear weapons. Next: artificially intelligent weapons.
- Kaitlyn Tiffany
How Long Will Twitter Cling to Its Dumbest Feature?
People love to hate the site’s “What’s happening” tab. Why won’t the company just let it go?
- Kaitlyn Tiffany
Maybe You Missed It, but the Internet ‘Died’ Five Years Ago
A conspiracy theory spreading online says the whole internet is now fake. It’s ridiculous, but possibly not that ridiculous?
- Amanda Mull
People Liked Malls
Amazon appears to have discovered that the fastest, freest shipping is picking stuff up in person.
- Kaitlyn Tiffany
Pfizer Gang Is Pfinished
Was a fun internet culture around vaccines ever going to last?
- Amanda Mull
The Vaccine Cards Are the Wrong Size
Seriously, why can I not fit this thing in my wallet?
- C. Scott Brown
Oxygen OS 12 beta hands-on: Color OS by any other name
If you want to know what Oxygen OS 12 could be like when it lands on your OnePlus phone, we have an early look here.
- Paula Beaton
Weekly Authority Edition #164
Settle in for the week's top tech news in a five-minute read or less! — The Weekly Authority
- Robert Triggs
Huawei's first 3:2 16-inch notebook, the MateBook 16, packs performance and style but is it the complete package?
- Dhruv Bhutani
All the fitness bells and whistles without the premium trimmings make the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro hard to justify for the price.
- Kaitlyn Cimino
The best Michael Kors smartwatches for women
From a luxury band you already know, these picks are smartwatch tech in designer accessories.
- Chase Bernath
Just $699 for the OnePlus 9 and Buds Pro, plus more of the latest OnePlus deals
This flash sale lets you save up to $220 when you bundle the OnePlus 9 or 9 Pro with the OnePlus Buds Pro.
- Frederick Blichert
A great cast elevates an otherwise mid-tier crime comedy.
- Luke Little
The traveling professional should have the best travel mouse in their bag.
- C. Scott Brown
Here’s a sneak peek at ‘Bloom’ wallpapers on the Google Pixel 6 series
They are pretty fancy with parallax and blur features.
- Palash Volvoikar
How to watch Apple’s October 2021 event and what to expect
MacBooks? Macs? AirPods? iPod? Keep your eyes peeled for a host of new hardware.
- Matt Horne
Save 31% on Mario Kart Live Home Circuit, and more Nintendo Switch deals
Level up your Nintendo Switch game library and accessories with these great deals, including $31 off Mario Kart Live.
- C. Scott Brown
Google seems to think its machine learning smarts are enough to allow it to ignore the fierce competition in this space.
- Martyn Landi
Child safety groups send open letter to Mark Zuckerberg
They have called for more transparency over how Facebook makes itself safer for kids.
- Bex April May
RuPaul’s Drag Race star Trinity the Tuck reveals she was terrorized by a ‘haunted mirror’
Buying a smart mirror turned into a scary experience for the drag queen.
- Jeff Parsons
Woman woken by meteorite smashing through roof and landing on pillow next to her
Canadian resident Ruth Hamilton was nearly struck by the falling space rock.
- Victoria Woollaston
The science behind laser tattoo removal: how long it takes and side effects
Rethinking the ink? Laser treatment could be the answer.
- Jeff Parsons
Hubble spots water vapour on the solar system’s most likely candidate for alien life
Astronomers speculate that subsurface oceans exist on Jupiter's moon Europa.
- Martyn Landi
WhatsApp gives users ‘extra, optional layer of security’ to protect their chats
The messaging app will now let you encrypt your chat backups.
- Jeff Parsons
Rescue effort returns giant leatherback turtle to the sea
The huge creature weighed about 600lbs, roughly 272kg.
- Jeff Parsons
Posting the red flag meme has unintended consequences for disabled social media users
Anyone who uses a screen reader may end up muting the emoji out of sheer frustration.
- Jeff Parsons
Lethal robot dogs now have assault rifles attached to their backs
Someone's been watching a little too much Black Mirror.
- Jeff Parsons
World’s oldest white rhino dies, aged 54
'Grandpa Toby' passed away last week in a zoo in Italy.
- Jamie Harris
Schools in rural areas set to get broadband boost
Focusing on schools in around 30% of the UK that can't access speeds of 100Mbps.
- Nina Massey
Leprosy confirmed in wild chimpanzees
The origins of the infections are unclear.
- Jeff Parsons
UK space missions to blast off from far-flung Scottish spaceport
Edinburgh-based rocket company Skyrora has partnered with SaxaVord Spaceport in the Shetlands.
- Jeff Parsons
Apple announces October event and fans suspect new MacBooks and AirPods
The tech giant is following up the iPhone 13 event with another virtual showcase.
- Jeff Parsons
New Shepard: What is the rocket that will carry William Shatner to space?
Jeff Bezos' reusable New Shepard spaceship will take Captain Kirk into orbit.
- Jeff Parsons
How to watch William Shatner fly to space with Blue Origin today
The Star Trek legend will become the oldest person in space on October 13, 2021.
- Jeff Parsons
Apple Black Friday deals 2021: What we expect to see in November
The best time to find deals on iPhones, AirPods and other Apple accessories.
- Metro Tech Reporter
Airbus tests huge solar-powered plane that stays aloft for six months
The Zephyr will beam down an internet signal to people around the world.
- Jeff Parsons
Facebook keeps a hidden map of your location history – here’s how to find it
It's buried in the menus for your Facebook profile.
- Jeff Parsons
The ‘testicle bath’ could be the future of male contraception
To use, a man fills it up with water, turns it on to let it get to operating temperature and then gently rests his cojones inside.
Windows 11 Insider Previews: What’s in the latest build?

Windows 11 has been released, but behind the scenes, Microsoft is constantly working to improve the newest version of Windows. The company frequently rolls out public preview builds to members of its Windows Insider Program, allowing them to test out — and even help shape — upcoming features.

The Windows Insider program is divided into three channels:

The Dev Channel is where new features are introduced for initial testing, regardless of which Windows release they’ll eventually end up in. This channel is best for technical users and developers and builds in it may be unstable and buggy. In the Beta Channel, you’ll get more polished features that will be deployed in the next major Windows release. This channel is best for early adopters, and Microsoft says your feedback in this channel will have the most impact. The Release Preview Channel typically doesn’t see action until shortly before a new feature update is rolled out. It’s meant for final testing of an upcoming release and is best for those who want the most stable builds.

Not everyone can participate in the Windows 11 Insider program, because the new operating system has more stringent system requirements than Windows 10. As outlined in this Microsoft blog post, if your PC fails to meet the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11, you cannot join the Windows 11 Insider Program.

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Experts call Apple's CSAM scheme 'a dangerous technology'

Apple’s decision to postpone introduction of its controversial client-side scanning (CSS) CSAM-detection system looks like an even better idea amid news governments already want to use the controversial tools for other forms of surveillance.

A 'dangerous technology'

In a new report, an influential group of 14 internationally reputed security researchers have said such plans represent a “dangerous technology” that expands state surveillance powers. They warn the client-side scanning system, if used “would be much more privacy invasive than previous proposals to weaken encryption. Rather than reading the content of encrypted communications, CSS gives law enforcement the ability to remotely search not just communications, but information stored on user devices.”

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Biggest tech IPOs of 2021

The 2020 calendar year will long be remembered as an annus horribilis for most, except for a handful of technology companies that reaped the rewards of a global shift to remote work with successful initial public offerings (IPOs).

US companies alone raised a record $435 billion in stock sales in 2020, with more than a quarter of that figure coming from IPOs — far outstripping 2014's mark of $279 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The vast majority of those new listings defined themselves as technology companies.

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Smart phones, webcams, and YouTube have made it simple for anyone to record and share video. But adapting your visual creations for business purposes isn’t so easy.

If you want to overlay text, add background music, splice in B-roll, or add slide shows to your message, you’ll need to load your recording into a desktop or cloud editor and monkey with the controls, which are unique to each platform and are less than intuitive, in my experience. And let’s be honest, most of us haven’t a clue how to create a compelling video in the first place.

The Zoomification of business has made video such a mainstream medium that learning how to tame it can boost anyone’s career, but most of us are just getting started. Vidyard’s recently released State of Virtual Selling report found that 72% of the sales professionals it surveyed classify their video recording and editing skills as either “beginning” or “emerging.”

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Windows 11 and the need for better BIOS integration

Disclosure:  The vendors listed are clients of the author.

Microsoft DOS and then Windows have gone through several evolutions over the years. When Windows first arrived, it was a User Interface (UI) shell on top of DOS. Then Windows 95 absorbed DOS to create something new — but didn’t include security. Windows 8 tried to absorb the smartphone experience, failed, but essentially made third-party anti-virus software obsolete.  

Windows 10 took security a few steps farther (and integrated a better digital assistant, Cortana, that few people ever used). And now, with  Windows 11, Microsoft has begun to integrate hardware security without integrating PC firmware (BIOS). Due to issues with the move to Windows 11, I think the next integration will be BIOS.

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Podcast: Apple's 'Unleashed' event preview: 14- and 16-in. MacBook Pros with Apple Silicon

Apple's next event occurs on Monday, and rumors suggest that the company will announce updated 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros. Consumer-level Macs have already received an Apple Silicon update, and it's expected that the Pro models will receive their refresh next week. It's also rumored that a new Mac Mini could be announced, powered by the same chip as the new MacBook Pros. Macworld executive editor Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis join Juliet to discuss what to expect from Apple's "Unleashed" event, including product rumors, benchmarks and release dates. Plus, they'll discuss what the new Pro models mean for enterprise users and whether or not IT should upgrade employee devices.

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Apple needs to introduce an iCloud business suite for the enterprise

I agree with CCS Insight that Apple already has the building blocks to offer its own business productivity suite built around iWork and iCloud. It seems strange that it hasn’t provided these yet.

Apple’s business services

The analysts at CCS Insight hold an annual predictions event — 2022 & Beyond — and, among a wide selection of interesting future Apple possibilities, state:

“Apple’s services unit has gone from strength to strength in the past few years. In 2Q21, it accounted for over 20% of total revenue and registered 33% annual growth. The unit’s strength gives the company increasing confidence as a web services provider, and it launches a productivity suite, based on iWork and iCloud, as a service aimed at smaller companies that are less well- served by Microsoft and more frequently use Google Workspace.”

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13 handy hidden tricks for Google Maps on Android

Who doesn't love Google Maps? The Maps Android app helps those of us with oatmeal for brains find our way anywhere, without having to fire any neurons or exercise any synapses. It even helps us find places to pick up tasty cuisine — like, uh, oatmeal (yum!).

But there's much more to Google Maps than meets the eye — and odds are, you aren't taking advantage of at least a few handy hidden features lurking within the Maps Android app. With Android 12 right around the corner and more shiny new Android goodies showing up by the day, I thought it'd be a fine time to dive deep into this ever-evolving Android anchor and think through some of its more off-the-beaten-path advanced options.

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How to choose the right UEM platform

Endpoint devices have become so ubiquitous, connected, and data-intensive that they are among the most valuable technology assets an organization has today. They’re also some of the biggest security risks. It’s no surprise, then, that managing the large and growing number of smartphones, laptops, tablets, desktops, and other end-user products is a high priority for IT.

For a growing number of enterprises, unified endpoint management (UEM) is the method of choice for keeping management of endpoints from descending into chaos. UEM platforms are designed to simplify the management of devices and enhance the security of heterogeneous environments.

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Apple warns: Sideloading apps threatens an iCrime wave

Apple is fighting back against growing pressure to support sideloading on its App Stores with an extensive 28-page white paper in which it offers stark security and privacy warnings.

The risks of sideloading

The white paper, "Building a Trusted Ecosystem for Millions of Apps – a Threat analysis of Sideloadingargues that because iPhones and other devices capture so much personal information about people, maintaining privacy and security is critical.“Supporting sideloading through direct downloads and third-party app stores would cripple the privacy and security protections that have made iPhone so secure, and expose users to serious security risks,” the company said.

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Windows 11: Microsoft's pointless update

Sometimes, Microsoft has no choice but to upgrade Windows. Windows Millennium Edition, aka Windows Me, was awful. Its successor, Windows XP, was much better.

XP's replacement, Vista, was lousy. Microsoft made us forget about Vista with Windows 7, which to many people — I'm one of them — was the best version of Windows.  Microsoft then tried, and failed, to replace it with the dismal Windows 8 and 8.1. Then, the company got it right again with Windows 10. That should have been the end of it.

While Windows continued to get major updates, such as Windows 10 version 21H1, the brand was still Windows 10 until it wasn't. So it is that we now have Windows 11.

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Windows 11: A guide to the updates

On October 5, 2021, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 11, which began as a slow, phased rollout, expected to reach all eligible devices by the middle of 2022. But a Windows launch isn’t the end a process — it’s really just the beginning. As with Windows 10, Microsoft continually works on improving Windows 11 by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.

In this story we summarize what you need to know about each update released to the public for Windows 11. For each build, we’ve included the date of its release and a link to Microsoft’s announcement about it. The most recent updates appear first.

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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

On May 18, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 10 version 21H1, known as the May 2021 Update. But the launch of a major Windows 10 update isn’t the end of a process — it’s really just the beginning. As soon as one of Microsoft’s twice-yearly feature updates is released, the company quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.

In this story we summarize what you need to know about each update released to the public for the most recent versions of Windows 10 — versions 2004, 20H2, and 21H1. (Microsoft releases updates for those three versions together.) For each build, we’ve included the date of its initial release and a link to Microsoft’s announcement about it. The most recent updates appear first.

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Office 365: A guide to the updates

Office 365 and Microsoft 365 subscribers get more frequent software updates than those who have purchased Office without a subscription, which means subscribers have access to the latest features, security patches, and bug fixes. But it can be hard to keep track of the changes in each update and know when they’re available. We’re doing this for you, so you don’t have to.

Following are summaries of the updates to Office 365/Microsoft 365 for Windows, with the latest releases shown first. We’ll add info about new updates as they’re rolled out.

Note: This story covers updates released to regular Office 365/Microsoft 365 for Windows subscribers. If you’re a member of Microsoft’s Office Insider preview program or want to get a sneak peek at upcoming features, see the company’s “Release notes for Office for Windows Desktop (Beta builds)” page.

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iPhone SE 2022: Apple reads the room

When it comes to the next iPhone SE, recent speculation suggests Apple is reading the room. It knows we’re facing a period of deep global economic uncertainty and seems to recognize the changing nature of consumer culture in crisis.

iPhone SE 2022 to be the ‘cheapest 5G iPhone ever’

Apple’s anticipated iPhone SE in 2022 will be offered up as the “cheapest 5G iPhone in history.” A report from UDN in Taiwan (as spotted by Patently Apple) states that the device:

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Noteworthy technology acquisitions 2021

Amid the coronavirus, 2020 was unpredictable in more ways than anyone would have expected. But one thing that stayed fairly constant was the steady flow of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) across the tech sector.

Global tech M&A deals last year totalled $634 billion, a 91.8% year-over-year increase, according to GlobalData. Among a late flurry of big deals was the $35 billion acquisition of Xilinx by Advanced Micro Devices and Salesforce's $27.7 billion acquisition of Slack.

[ Further reading: Biggest technology acquisitions of 2020 ]

As for whether 2021 will maintain last year’s pace, if the first part of the year is anything to go by, there will be no slowing of big deals across the industry, with silicon innovations and collaboration software already proving to be hot areas.

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Google rolls out new Workspace app integrations, security features

Google added new app integrations and security capabilities to its Workspace productivity suite on Tuesday ahead of its Cloud Next virtual event.

The Workspace Marketplace now has 5,300 third-party apps that users can integrate with the various Workspace tools, Google said. Among the newest is an integration between two of its collaboration tools, Chat and the recently rebranded Spaces (formerly Chat Rooms), and Jira, Atlassian’s popular work management app for software developers.

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OK, I get it. Facebook is insanely popular. With it closing in on 3 billion (yes, billion with a “b”) users, no one can ignore Facebook. But do you really want to base your business's advertising and outreach on Facebook alone? I think not.

First, as we saw on Oct. 4, Facebook can go down with a resounding kaboom. It wasn't just down in the U.S.; it was down around the world. That was one impressive crash. Technically, a simple mistake with Facebook's internet settings had gigantic consequences. But you don't need to know the ins and outs of border gateway protocol (BGP) and Domain Name System (DNS) settings to appreciate the results. The bottom line was that not just Facebook, but all its services and apps, which include Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus, were down.

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The cutting edge of healthcare: How edge computing will transform medicine

Children’s Health of Orange County, a California-based pediatric healthcare system, is working with other medical institutions to gather clinical images — MRIs, echocardiograms, and the like. The goal: to create a repository of images to analyze for insights that could train algorithms capable of aiding clinicians with diagnoses.

Although the initiative is in its early stages, CHOC vice president and CIO John Henderson is already thinking about the technologies his organization would need to enable such an intelligent system. Edge computing, with its ability to deliver real-time analysis of large files, would be a key component to making that work, he says.

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Edge computing: The architecture of the future
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