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Apple Beefs Up Security for iCloud, iMessage - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 14:26
Physical security keys will also be integrated to add another layer of protection.

San Francisco Halts 'Killer Robots' Police Policy Following Backlash

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-12-07 14:22
San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco supervisors have walked back their approval of a controversial policy that would have allowed police to kill suspects with robots in extreme cases. Instead of granting final authorization to the policy Tuesday in its second of two required votes, the Board of Supervisors reversed course and voted 8-3 to explicitly prohibit police from using remote-controlled robots with lethal force. It was a rare step: The board's second votes on local laws are typically formalities that don't change anything. But the board's initial 8-3 approval of the deadly robot policy last week sparked a wave of public outcry from community members and progressive supervisors who threatened to go to the ballot if their colleagues did not change their minds on Tuesday. After approving a new version of the police policy that bans officers from using robots to kill dangerous suspects such as mass shooters and suicide bombers, supervisors separately sent the original deadly robot provision of the policy back for further review. The board's Rules Committee may now choose to refine that provision -- placing tighter limits on when police can use bomb-bearing robots with deadly force -- or abandon it entirely, leaving in place the prohibition passed Tuesday. Supervisors are expected to take a final vote on the new version of the policy that bans deadly robots -- for now, at least -- next week.

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Researchers Explain Mysterious Structure Found on Beach After Hurricane - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 14:06
The long wood and metal object offers a glimpse at maritime history from the 1800s.

Best Quest 2 Head Strap - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 14:00
Spending hours in the virtual world? Make your VR headset more comfortable with one of these head straps.

The 4 Best Budget Soundbars for 2022: Vizio, Roku and More - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 13:45
Upgrade your TV's audio for the least amount of money with the best soundbars around.

Scammers Are Scamming Other Scammers Out of Millions of Dollars

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-12-07 13:42
Nobody is immune to being scammed online -- not even the people running the scams. From a report: Cybercriminals using hacking forums to buy software exploits and stolen login details keep falling for cons and are getting ripped off thousands of dollars at a time, a new analysis has revealed. And what's more, when the criminals complain that they are being scammed, they're also leaving a trail of breadcrumbs of their own personal information that could reveal their real-world identities to police and investigators. Hackers and cybercriminals often gather on specific forums and marketplaces to do business with each other. They can advertise upcoming work they need help with, sell databases of people's stolen passwords and credit card information, or tout new security vulnerabilities that can be used to break into people's devices or systems. However, these deals often don't go to plan. The new research, published today by cybersecurity firm Sophos, examines these failed transactions and the complaints people have made about them. "Scammers scamming scammers on criminal forums and marketplaces is much bigger than we originally thought it was," says Matt Wixey, a researcher with Sophos X-Ops who studied the marketplaces. Wixey examined three of the most prominent cybercrime forums: the Russian-language forums Exploit and XSS, plus the English-language BreachForums, which replaced RaidForums when it was seized by US law enforcement in April. While the sites operate in slightly different ways, they all have "arbitration" rooms where people who think they've been scammed or wronged by other criminals can complain. For instance, if someone purchases malware and it doesn't work, they may moan to the site's administrators. The complaints sometimes lead to people getting their money back, but more often act as a warning for other users, Wixey says. In the past 12 months -- the period the research covers -- criminals on the forums have lost more than $2.5 million to other scammers, the analysis says. Some people complain about losing as little as $2, while the median scams on each of the sites ranges from $200 to $600, according to the research, which is being presented at the BlackHat Europe security conference.

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6 Awesome Gifts for Fast Food Lovers - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 13:20
Here's what to get fans of Taco Bell, Chik-fil-A and more.

Canada's Biggest Pension Fund Ends Crypto Investment Pursuit

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-12-07 13:02
Canada's biggest pension fund, CPP Investments, has ended its nearly year-long effort of studying investment opportunities in the volatile crypto market, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. From the report: The reasons behind CPPI's abandonment of crypto research were not immediately clear. CPPI declined to comment but said it has made no direct investments in crypto. It referred to previous comments on cryptocurrency by its CEO, John Graham, in which he sounded a note of caution. CPPI's Alpha Generation Lab, which examines emerging investment trends, had formed a three-member team in early 2021 to research crypto currencies and blockchain-related businesses, with a view to taking potential exposure, the people added.

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Best 3-Year CD Rates for December 2022 - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 12:54
A three-year CD earns a higher APY compared with traditional savings and money market accounts at a time of persistently high inflation.

'Star Wars: The Bad Batch' Season 2 Trailer Gives Us Classic Character Cameos - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 12:49
Plus, we now have episode names for the animated show coming to Disney Plus on Jan. 4.

Snag Exclusive CNET Deals on Google Nest Devices at Wellbots - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 12:35
Mesh Wi-Fi systems, smart speakers and security cameras are all discounted right now.

Women Are Earth's Biggest Allies. It's Time to Let Them Heal the Planet - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 12:33
Commentary: The strong female voices in climate activism deserve to be heard -- and heeded.

Elon Musk Briefly Loses Forbes' Crown as World's Richest Person - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 12:28
It was snatched by luxury-brand boss Bernard Arnault.

Amazon Sued by District of Columbia for 'Stealing' Delivery Driver Tips

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-12-07 12:25
Washington DC's attorney general is suing Amazon, seeking civil penalties for allegedly misleading consumers who thought they were tipping delivery drivers but had the money diverted to cover the couriers' base pay. From a report: The case, filed in Washington DC Superior Court, cites a 2021 settlement between the company and the Federal Trade Commission, in which the agency found that Amazon withheld tips meant for its gig-economy drivers for more than two years.

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This Movie Set 'Lord of the Rings' Hobbit Hole Is on Airbnb. How to Book a Stay - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 12:00
There are many fantastic imitations, but an actual Hobbit-hole at the actual Hobbiton set in New Zealand will soon become available on AirBnb.

'Avatar' Director James Cameron on Sequel's Emotion: 'Look Past the Spectacle' - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 12:00
James Cameron, Kate Winslet and Zoe Saldana reflect on the fear that drew them to Avatar 2: The Way of Water.

Microsoft Teams Adds Free Communities Feature To Take on Discord

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-12-07 11:41
Microsoft is launching a new communities feature for Microsoft Teams today, designed for consumers to use the best parts of Teams free of charge to create and organize groups. From a report: The new community feature will allow groups to use the calendar, meeting, and chat features of Teams. Features like group chat, calling, and file / photo sharing are all supported, and groups will also be able to use a shared calendar (which includes Google Calendar integration) to organize community events. This new community integration is really aimed at groups like sports clubs or even virtual community groups for small businesses and simple groups like a carpool for co-workers to organize transportation. Facebook, Reddit, Discord, WhatsApp, Twitter, and many other services already provide a variety of ways to organize groups online, so Microsoft is entering a crowded market, but it believes Teams has something different to offer.

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Best iPad Deals: Get a 9th-Gen iPad for Only $270, Save $99 on Latest iPad Air - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 11:15
Check out the lowest prices for Apple's previous and latest iPad models.

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 11:03
2022 brings us Knives Out 2, Avatar 2, a few original movies and more delays. Check out the latest blockbuster release dates.

Boeing's Last 747 Rolls Out of the Factory After More Than 50-Year Production Run

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-12-07 11:03
Boeing's final 747 rolled out of the company's cavernous factory north of Seattle Tuesday night as airlines' push for more fuel-efficient planes ends the more than half-century production run of the jumbo jet. From a report: The 1,574th -- and last -- 747 will later be flown by a Boeing test pilot, painted and handed over to cargo and charter carrier Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings early next year. "It's a very surreal time, obviously," said Kim Smith, vice president and general manager of Boeing's 747 and 767s programs out of the assembly plant here. "For the first time in well over 50 years we will not have a 747 in this facility."

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