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2023 GMC Canyon Is a Mean Off-Road Machine - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-11 11:00
The menacing new Canyon is more capable and smarter than before.

Meta to Test End-to-End Encryption on Messenger - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-11 10:51
The updated security measures will be tested across a limited number of Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Elon Musk's Starlink Loses $886M Subsidy to Expand Rural Internet Access - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-11 10:43
The FCC wasn't convinced the SpaceX division "could deliver the promised service."

Google To Stop Giving Answers To Silly Questions

SlashDot - Thu, 2022-08-11 10:41
Google will stop giving snappy answers to stupid questions, the company has announced, as it seeks to improve its search engine's "featured snippets" service. From a report: That means users should see fewer answers to questions such as "When did Snoopy assassinate Abraham Lincoln?", to which the service would once merrily respond with "1865" -- the right date, but very much the wrong assassin. "This clearly isn't the most helpful way to display this result," said the company's head of search, Pandu Nayak, in a blogpost announcing the changes. "We've trained our systems to get better at detecting these sorts of false premises, which are not very common, but there are cases where it's not helpful to show a featured snippet. We've reduced the triggering of featured snippets in these cases by 40% with this update." Snippets, which sometimes show up as a featured response to direct questions asked of Google Search, have long been a cornerstone of the company's AI strategy. The same technology powers its smart speakers and voice assistants, and lets the search engine satisfy search queries without visitors clicking away to other websites. But the snippets, which are automatically generated from the contents of websites, have also been a thorn in Google's side for just as long. [...] In an effort to address the root cause of such mistakes, Google is also rolling out new warnings for times when a search term has hit a "data void" -- a question where a good answer might simply not exist.

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Best Internet Speed Tests of 2022: Here's How Fast Your Internet Really Is - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-11 10:30
Curious to see how your internet provider stacks up? Try these home internet speed tests.

Save $53 On Ecobee's SmartThermostat and Upgrade Your Home for Just $196 - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-11 10:25
Save on heating and cooling costs with a thermostat that can learn and adapt to your routine.

Snag a 2nd-Gen Lenovo Smart Clock for 33% Off Today Only at Best Buy - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-11 10:19
This simple Lenovo smart display makes an excellent bedside companion, and right now you can pick one up for just $60.

2023 Ford Bronco, Bronco Sport Heritage Editions Bring Old-School Cool - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-11 10:18
The Heritage special editions are complemented with a Heritage Limited edition offering additional content.

Wrap Yourself Up With Essentials From Cozy Earth During Its Semi-Annual Sale - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-11 10:07
This sitewide sale for up to 25% off will set you up with nab soft, warm clothes and blankets for the fall.

China Has Painted Itself Into a Semiconductor Corner

SlashDot - Thu, 2022-08-11 10:03
Tim Culpan, writing at Bloomberg: As Washington embarks on a multi-billion dollar, decade-long semiconductor development campaign, Beijing is reckoning with its own 20-year effort that's largely failed to deliver. Both will need to grapple with wasted funds and misguided goals as they play catch-up to Taiwan and South Korea. Architects of China's ambitious efforts may be facing the music for having not produced world-beating technology, Bloomberg News reported this week. Multiple corruption probes announced by authorities stem from anger among the nation's top leaders over an inability to develop semiconductors that could replace American components, it reported. Two of the most scrutinized areas are the $9 billion bailout of Tsinghua Unigroup Co., and the National Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund -- known as the Big Fund. For all intents and purposes, China has failed to achieve its semiconductor goals, and those tasked with realizing them are being brought to account. Beijing won't be smarting at the loss of money -- it's been willing to burn cash -- but at the lack of progress such expenditure was supposed to buy. Those looking at China's achievements are mostly finding what they seek, and ignoring the rest. Semiconductor Manufacturing International, for example, got a lot of attention recently when industry analysts TechInsights wrote: "SMIC has been able to fabricate features that are small enough to be considered 7nm."

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Acura Will Show an EV Concept During Monterey Car Week - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-11 10:00
It's called the Precision EV concept, and it'll debut on Aug. 18.

This $700 Unlocked Pixel 5 Is Down to Just $430 -- Today Only - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-11 09:03
Google Pixel 5 is a great iPhone and Samsung alternative, particularly with this steal of a deal.

Mortgage Refinance Rates on Aug. 11, 2022: Rate Retreats - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-11 09:00
Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate decreased. Though refinance rates change daily, experts expect rates to climb this year.

Mortgage Rates for Aug. 11, 2022: Important Rate Retreats - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-11 09:00
Today, mortgage rates didn't have a unified direction, but one benchmark rate sank. If you're in the market for a mortgage, see how your payments might be affected by inflation.

Cisco Hacked By Yanluowang Ransomware Gang, 2.8GB Allegedly Stolen

SlashDot - Thu, 2022-08-11 09:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: Cisco confirmed today that the Yanluowang ransomware group breached its corporate network in late May and that the actor tried to extort them under the threat of leaking stolen files online. The company revealed that the attackers could only harvest and steal non-sensitive data from a Box folder linked to a compromised employee's account. "Cisco experienced a security incident on our corporate network in late May 2022, and we immediately took action to contain and eradicate the bad actors," a Cisco spokesperson told BleepingComputer. "Cisco did not identify any impact to our business as a result of this incident, including Cisco products or services, sensitive customer data or sensitive employee information, intellectual property, or supply chain operations. On August 10 the bad actors published a list of files from this security incident to the dark web. We have also implemented additional measures to safeguard our systems and are sharing technical details to help protect the wider security community." The Yanluowang threat actors gained access to Cisco's network using an employee's stolen credentials after hijacking the employee's personal Google account containing credentials synced from their browser. The attacker convinced the Cisco employee to accept multi-factor authentication (MFA) push notifications through MFA fatigue and a series of sophisticated voice phishing attacks initiated by the Yanluowang gang that impersonated trusted support organizations. The threat actors finally tricked the victim into accepting one of the MFA notifications and gained access to the VPN in the context of the targeted user. Once they gained a foothold on the company's corporate network, Yanluowang operators spread laterally to Citrix servers and domain controllers. "They moved into the Citrix environment, compromising a series of Citrix servers and eventually obtained privileged access to domain controllers," Cisco Talos said. After gaining domain admin, they used enumeration tools like ntdsutil, adfind, and secretsdump to collect more information and installed a series of payloads onto compromised systems, including a backdoor. Ultimately, Cisco detected and evicted them from its environment, but they continued trying to regain access over the following weeks. [...] Last week, the threat actor behind the Cisco hack emailed BleepingComputer a directory listing of files allegedly stolen during the attack. The threat actor claimed to have stolen 2.75GB of data, consisting of approximately 3,100 files. Many of these files are non-disclosure agreements, data dumps, and engineering drawings.

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Australia's Biggest Independent Game Studio Is Teetering on the Edge of Ruin - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-11 08:01
Allegations of fraud, a plummeting stock price and poor game sales has pushed Mighty Kingdom to the brink.

Fast Fiber Networks Have Quietly Won the Broadband War - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-11 08:00
Thank subsidies and our pandemic-era data appetite. No wonder Google Fiber has restarted its expansion plans.

Best DNA Test for 2022: AncestryDNA vs. 23andMe and More - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-11 07:01
Looking for the best DNA test kit and testing services? Here are your top options.

Origin PC Evo17-S (2022) Review: Big Gaming Performance in a Thin 17-Inch Laptop - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-11 07:00
Sweet, sweet gaming speed with the personal touch of a custom PC build.

Americans See Misleading Info Daily in Search Results. So Google is Making Changes - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-11 06:00
A new study finds almost half of respondents see misinformation daily.