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Free HBO Shows Are Coming to Roku and Tubi Soon (with a Catch) - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2023-01-31 11:47
Some of the shows, like Westworld, aren't on HBO Max anymore. But on Roku and Tubi, you probably won't be able to watch them when you want.

Instagram's Co-founders Are Mounting a Comeback

SlashDot - Tue, 2023-01-31 11:40
Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger are back. From a report: The Instagram co-founders, who departed Facebook in 2018 amid tensions with their parent company, have formed a new venture to explore ideas for next-generation social apps. Their first product is Artifact, a personalized news feed that uses machine learning to understand your interests and will soon let you discuss those articles with friends. Artifact -- the name represents the merging of articles, facts, and artificial intelligence -- is opening up its waiting list to the public today. The company plans to let users in quickly, Systrom says. You can sign up yourself here; the app is available for both Android and iOS. The simplest way to understand Artifact is as a kind of TikTok for text, though you might also call it Google Reader reborn as a mobile app, or maybe even a surprise attack on Twitter. The app opens to a feed of popular articles chosen from a curated list of publishers ranging from leading news organizations like the New York Times to small-scale blogs about niche topics. Tap on articles that interest you and Artifact will serve you similar posts and stories in the future, just as watching videos on TikTok's For You page tunes its algorithm over time.

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Check Your Fridge: Over 50,000 Pounds of Salami, Sausage Recalled Due to Listeria Concerns - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2023-01-31 11:16
Eight different sausage products are recalled after listeria is found during a routine inspection.

Logitech is Working on a Project Starline-like Video Chat Booth

SlashDot - Tue, 2023-01-31 11:01
An anonymous reader shares a report: Logitech, perhaps known best for its personal computer accessories like the webcam I have used for nearly every workday for three years, is revealing an ambitious new prototype on Tuesday: an elaborately designed video chat booth it calls "Project Ghost" that's designed to be a better space to have virtual conversations. I understand if that description might make you think of Google's Project Starline, another conceptual video chat booth. When Logitech first told me about Project Ghost, that's where my mind went. And the core idea is similar: you'll be able to sit in a booth and talk to a lifelike projection of another person who is in another place in a way that approximates an in-person conversation. But unlike Project Starline, which relies on an elaborate array of sensors and cameras to create a hologram-like projection, Project Ghost uses videoconferencing technology Logitech already sells, pulls a trick like what you might know from a teleprompter to create the projection, and packs that all into a booth designed by office furniture maker Steelcase to create a potentially more comfortable experience for conversations. No word on the pricing, but apparently it won't be less than $2,000 for sure.

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2024 Mazda CX-90 Debuts Inline Six, Plug-In Hybrid Engine Options - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2023-01-31 11:00
Mazda’s newest flagship model is also its largest, most powerful SUV yet.

2024 Mazda CX-90 Is Large and In Charge - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2023-01-31 11:00
Mazda’s flagship three-row, eight-passenger SUV debuts with the brand’s first plug-in hybrid powertrain for the US market.

Take $50 Off Samsung's Galaxy Watch 5 Pro -- Today Only - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2023-01-31 10:28
Fans of Samsung can grab this top-tier smartwatch for just $400 during Best Buy's 1-day sale.

GitHub Says Hackers Cloned Code-Signing Certificates in Breached Repository

SlashDot - Tue, 2023-01-31 10:22
GitHub said unknown intruders gained unauthorized access to some of its code repositories and stole code-signing certificates for two of its desktop applications: Desktop and Atom. From a report: Code-signing certificates place a cryptographic stamp on code to verify it was developed by the listed organization, which in this case is GitHub. If decrypted, the certificates could allow an attacker to sign unofficial versions of the apps that had been maliciously tampered with and pass them off as legitimate updates from GitHub. Current versions of Desktop and Atom are unaffected by the credential theft. "A set of encrypted code signing certificates were exfiltrated; however, the certificates were password-protected and we have no evidence of malicious use," the company wrote in an advisory. "As a preventative measure, we will revoke the exposed certificates used for the GitHub Desktop and Atom applications." The revocations, which will be effective on Thursday, will cause certain versions of the apps to stop working.

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8 Back-to-School College Essentials to Keep in Your Backpack - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2023-01-31 10:00
Get advice from a real college student and grab these everyday essentials for your backpack.

A Cheese Expert Explains How to Find Great Cheese for Cheap - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2023-01-31 09:45
We grilled a cheesemonger on how to find premium cheese for the best price.

US Marines Outsmart AI Security Cameras by Hiding in a Cardboard Box

SlashDot - Tue, 2023-01-31 09:40
United States Marines outsmarted artificially intelligent (AI) security cameras by hiding in a cardboard box and standing behind trees. From a report: Former Pentagon policy analyst Paul Scharre has recalled the story in his upcoming book Four Battlegrounds: Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. In the book, Scharre recounts how the U.S. Army was testing AI monitoring systems and decided to use the Marines to help build the algorithms that the security cameras would use. They then attempted to put the AI system to the test and see if the squad of Marines could find new ways to avoid detection and evade the cameras. To train the AI, the security cameras, which were developed by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Squad X program, required data in the form of a squad of Marines spending six days walking around in front of them. After six days spent training the algorithm, the Marines decided to put the AI security cameras to the test. "If any Marines could get all the way in and touch this robot without being detected, they would win. I wanted to see, game on, what would happen," DARPA deputy director Phil Root tells Scharre in the book. Within a single day, the Marines had worked out the best way to sneak around an AI monitoring system and avoid detection by the cameras. Root says: "Eight Marines -- not a single one got detected." According to Scharre's book, a pair of marines "somersaulted for 300 meters" to approach the sensor and "never got detected" by the camera.

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E3 May Not Include Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo This Year - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2023-01-31 09:34
None of the three console makers will have a formal presence on the show floor, IGN reports.

Resurrecting the Dodo: How Scientists Plan to De-Extinct an Iconic Species - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2023-01-31 09:00
The dodo's demise was caused by humans. Now scientists think they can bring the bird back. But should they?

Every Spider-Man Movie, Ranked - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2023-01-31 09:00
Our picks for the best Spider-Man movies...

Current Mortgage Interest Rates on Jan. 31, 2023: Rates Slowly Fall - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2023-01-31 09:00
A couple of notable mortgage rates declined over the last week, though rates remain high compared to a year ago. As interest rates surge, it's getting more expensive to buy a house.

Mortgage Refinance Rates on Jan. 31, 2023: Rates Tick Down - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2023-01-31 09:00
Several benchmark refinance rates were down over the last week. The Fed's interest rate hikes have affected the refinance market.

The Junkification of Amazon

SlashDot - Tue, 2023-01-31 09:00
Why does it feel like Amazon is making itself worse? From a report: Efforts to find independent reviews of Amazon-exclusive products rarely turn up high-quality content; many sites just summarize Amazon reviews in an effort to collect search traffic from Google and eventually affiliate commissions from Amazon itself. You read a little feedback to quell your doubts or ease your mind, then eventually, or quickly, you pluck a spatula out of the cascade. There's a good chance, however, that it won't actually be sold by Amazon but rather by a third-party seller that has spent months or years and many thousands of dollars hustling for search placement on the platform -- its "store," to use Amazon's term, is where you will have technically bought this spatula. There's an even better chance you won't notice this before you order it. In any case, it'll be at your door in a couple of days. The system worked. But what system? In your short journey, you interacted with a few. There was the '90s-retro e-commerce interface, which conceals a marketplace of literally millions of sellers, each scrapping for relevance, using Amazon as a sales channel for their own semi-independent businesses. It subjected you to the multibillion-dollar advertising network planted between Amazon users and the things they browse and buy. It was shipped to you through a sprawling, submerged logistics empire with nearly a million employees and contractors in the United States alone. You were guided almost entirely by an idiosyncratic and unreliable reputation system, initially designed to review books, that has used years of feedback from hundreds of millions of customers to help construct an alternative universe of sometimes large but often fleeting brands that have little identity or relevance outside of the platform. You found what you were looking for, sort of, through a process that didn't feel much like shopping at all. This is all normal in that Amazon is so dominant that it sets norms. But its essential weirdness -- its drift from anything resembling shopping or informed consumption -- is becoming harder for Amazon's one-click magic trick to hide. Interacting with Amazon, for most of its customers, broadly produces the desired, expected, and generally unrivaled result: They order all sorts of things; the prices are usually reasonable, and they don't have to think about shipping costs; the things they order show up pretty quickly; returns are no big deal. But, at the core of that experience, something has become unignorably worse. Late last year, The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon's customer satisfaction had fallen sharply in a range of recent surveys, which cited COVID-related delivery interruptions but also poor search results and "low-quality" items. More products are junk. The interface itself is full of junk. The various systems on which customers depend (reviews, search results, recommendations) feel like junk. This is the state of the art of American e-commerce, a dominant force in the future of buying things. Why does it feel like Amazon is making itself worse? Maybe it's slipping, showing its age, and settling into complacency. Or maybe -- hear me out -- everything is going according to plan.

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The Fire TV Stick 4K Max Is Back Down to Its All-Time Low of $35 - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2023-01-31 08:56
Breathe new life into your existing TV with this flash deal on our favorite Fire TV Stick and get fast, 4K streaming for less.

Smartphone Shipments Are Imploding. Is Apple's iPhone Next? - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2023-01-31 08:00
Demand for smartphones fell nearly 20% last year, IDC data showed. Now we're about to find out what that means for Apple.

Hacker Finds Bug That Allowed Anyone To Bypass Facebook 2FA

SlashDot - Tue, 2023-01-31 08:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: A bug in a new centralized system that Meta created for users to manage their logins for Facebook and Instagram could have allowed malicious hackers to switch off an account's two-factor protections just by knowing their phone number. Gtm Manoz, a security researcher from Nepal, realized that Meta did not set up a limit of attempts when a user entered the two-factor code used to log into their accounts on the new Meta Accounts Center, which helps users link all their Meta accounts, such as Facebook and Instagram. With a victim's phone number, an attacker would go to the centralized accounts center, enter the phone number of the victim, link that number to their own Facebook account, and then brute force the two-factor SMS code. This was the key step, because there was no upper limit to the amount of attempts someone could make. Once the attacker got the code right, the victim's phone number became linked to the attacker's Facebook account. A successful attack would still result in Meta sending a message to the victim, saying their two-factor was disabled as their phone number got linked to someone else's account. Manoz found the bug in the Meta Accounts Center last year, and reported it to the company in mid-September. Meta fixed the bug a few days later, and paid Manoz $27,200 for reporting the bug. Meta spokesperson Gabby Curtis told TechCrunch that at the time of the bug the login system was still at the stage of a small public test. Curtis also said that Meta's investigation after the bug was reported found that there was no evidence of exploitation in the wild, and that Meta saw no spike in usage of that particular feature, which would signal the fact that no one was abusing it.

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