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Telegram is Auctioning Phone Numbers To Let Users Sign Up To the Service Without Any SIM

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-12-07 09:00
Ivan Mehta, writing for TechCrunch: After putting unique usernames on the auction on the TON blockchain, Telegram is now putting anonymous numbers up for bidding. These numbers could be used to sign up for Telegram without needing any SIM card. Just like the username auction, you can buy these virtual numbers on Fragment, which is a site specially created for Telegram-related auctions. To buy a number, you will have to link your TON wallet (Tonkeeper) to the website. You can buy a random number for as low as 9 toncoins, which is equivalent to roughly $16.50 at the time of writing. Some of the premium virtual numbers -- such as +888-8-888 -- are selling for 31,500 toncoins (~$58,200). Notably, you can only use this number to sign up for Telegram. You can't use it to receive SMS or calls or use it to register for another service.

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Meet the Parents Who Use Video Games to Level Up Their Kids' Money Skills - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 08:15
From Animal Crossing to Minecraft, there are plenty of ways to use video games to teach your kids about money.

Best No-Contract Internet Service Providers - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 08:00
Say bye-bye to early termination fees and explore your broadband options with providers that don't require you to be locked down.

Are You Stress Eating? These 7 Foolproof Strategies Can Help You Stop - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 08:00
Daily stressors can trigger emotional eating. Here's how to stop.

What Its Like To Use A Phone With A Pop-Out Portrait Camera - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 06:52
Tecno's global flagship, the Phantom X2 Pro, features a retractable portrait camera complete with 50-megapixels on the rear.

T-Mobile Releases New Study on the Acceleration of Fixed Wireless Access Across the US - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 06:00
The mobile carrier has made significant inroads in the broadband market with T-Mobile Home Internet and has the data to prove it.

Boost Infinite Launches in Beta With $25 Unlimited Plan - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 06:00
It's Dish's long-awaited next step to becoming a rival to AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.

Gut Bacteria Are Linked To Depression

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-12-07 05:00
Two studies published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications found a link between several types of bacteria in the gut and depressive symptoms. The first study, titled "Gut microbiome-wide association study of depressive symptoms," reports: Here we investigate the relation of fecal microbiome diversity and composition with depressive symptoms in 1,054 participants from the Rotterdam Study cohort and validate these findings in the Amsterdam HELIUS cohort in 1,539 subjects. We identify association of thirteen microbial taxa, including genera Eggerthella, Subdoligranulum, Coprococcus, Sellimonas, Lachnoclostridium, Hungatella, Ruminococcaceae (UCG002, UCG003 and UCG005), LachnospiraceaeUCG001, Eubacterium ventriosum and Ruminococcusgauvreauiigroup, and family Ruminococcaceae with depressive symptoms. These bacteria are known to be involved in the synthesis of glutamate, butyrate, serotonin and gamma amino butyric acid (GABA), which are key neurotransmitters for depression. Our study suggests that the gut microbiome composition may play a key role in depression. The second study, titled "The gut microbiota and depressive symptoms across ethnic groups," reports: Both the microbiome and depressive symptom levels vary substantially across ethnic groups. Thus, any intervention for depression targeting the microbiome requires understanding of microbiome-depression associations across ethnicities. Analyzing data from the HELIUS cohort, we characterize the gut microbiota and its associations with depressive symptoms in 6 ethnic groups (Dutch, South-Asian Surinamese, African Surinamese, Ghanaian, Turkish, Moroccan; N=3211), living in the same urban area. Diversity of the gut microbiota, both within (a-diversity) and between individuals (B-diversity), predicts depressive symptom levels, taking into account demographic, behavioural, and medical differences. These associations do not differ between ethnic groups. Further, B-diversity explains 29%-18% of the ethnic differences in depressive symptoms. Bacterial genera associated with depressive symptoms belong to mulitple families, prominently including the families Christensenellaceae, Lachnospiraceae, and Ruminococcaceae. In summary, the results show that the gut microbiota are linked to depressive symptom levels and that this association generalizes across ethnic groups. Moreover, the results suggest that ethnic differences in the gut microbiota may partly explain parallel disparities in depression. The Wall Street Journal shared (paywalled) the findings.

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Wordle, Elections Dominated Google Searches in 2022 - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 03:02
Ukraine and Queen Elizabeth II were popular searches around the world, as were Johnny Depp, Will Smith and Amber Heard.

How to Watch Argentina vs. Netherlands Quarterfinal World Cup Match - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 03:00
Can Virgil van Dijk and the Dutch slow down Lionel Messi and Argentina? These two football powers meet in an elimination game on Friday, and you can stream it live from anywhere in the world.

How to Watch England vs. France Quarter-Finals World Cup Match - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 03:00
Two of the most powerful nations in football face off in an elimination game this Saturday, and you can stream it live from anywhere in the world.

Renewables Will Overtake Coal by Early 2025, Energy Agency Says

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-12-07 02:00
Elena Shao reports via the New York Times: Worldwide, growth in renewable power capacity is set to double by 2027, adding as much renewable power in the next five years as it did in the past two decades, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. Renewables are posed to overtake coal as the largest source of electricity generation by early 2025, the report found, a pattern driven in large part by the global energy crisis linked to the war in Ukraine. "This is a clear example of how the current energy crisis can be a historic turning point toward a cleaner and more secure energy system," said Fatih Birol, the I.E.A. executive director, in a news release. The expansion of renewable power in the next five years will happen much faster than what the agency forecast just a year ago in its last annual report, said Heymi Bahar, a senior analyst at the I.E.A. and one of the lead authors of the report. The report revised last year's forecast of renewable growth upward by 30 percent after the introduction of new policies by some of the world's largest emitters, like the European Union, the United States and China. While there has been a wartime resurgence in fossil fuel consumption as European countries have scrambled to replace gas from Russia after its invasion of Ukraine in February, the effects are likely to be short-lived, the agency said. [...] Instead, over the next five years, the global energy crisis is expected to accelerate renewable energy growth as countries embrace low-emissions technology in response to soaring fossil fuel prices, including wind turbines, solar panels, nuclear power plants, hydrogen fuels, electric vehicles and electric heat pumps. Heating and cooling buildings with renewable power is one of the sectors that needs to see larger improvement, the report said. The United States passed the Inflation Reduction Act this year, a landmark climate and tax law that, among many investments to reduce planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, made an "unforeseen" expansion in long-term tax credits for solar and wind projects extending through 2032, Mr. Bahar said. Previously, these tax credits had been revised a few years at a time. Extending the credits until 2032 provides better certainty for investors, which is important in the energy industry, Mr. Bahar said. China alone is forecast to install almost half of the new global renewable power capacity over the next five years, based on targets set in the country's new five-year plan. Even still, the country is accelerating coal mining and production at coal-burning power plants.

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Microsoft Announces 10-Year Deal to Bring Call of Duty to Nintendo Consoles - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-12-07 00:11
Microsoft stated it was keen to strike a similar deal with Sony.

Dwarf Fortress' Graphical Upgrade Provides a New Way Into a Wildly Wonky Game

SlashDot - Tue, 2022-12-06 22:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica, written by Kevin Purdy: Available tomorrow on Steam and, the new version of Dwarf Fortress updates the legendary (and legendarily arcane) colony-building roguelike with new pixel-art graphics, music, some (default) keyboard shortcuts, and a beginners' tutorial. The commercial release aims to do two things: make the game somewhat more accessible and provide Tarn and Zach Adams, the brothers who maintained the game as a free download for 20 years, some financial security. I know it has succeeded at its first job, and I suspect it will hit the second mark, too. I approached the game as a head-first review expedition into likely frustrating territory. Now I find myself distracted from writing about it because I keep thinking about my goblin defense and whether the fisherdwarf might be better assigned to gem crafting. "For me, the commercial release of Dwarf Fortress succeeded at transforming the game from a grim, time-killing in-joke for diehards into a viable, if not graceful, challenge," writes Purdy. "I will start again, I will keep the badgers and floods at bay, and next time, I might have the privilege of failing to a magma monster, an outbreak of disease, or even a miscarriage of dwarf justice." Further reading: The Brilliance of Dwarf Fortress (Slashdot, 2011) Dwarf Fortress Gets Biggest Update In Years (Slashdot, 2014)

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Real-ID Requirement Pushed Back To 2025

SlashDot - Tue, 2022-12-06 21:02
frdmfghtr shares a report from NBC News: The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that it is extending the deadline to require Real ID-compliant identification for air travelers, pushing the start date from May 3, 2023, to May 7, 2025. The deadline for the new IDs has already been extended previously. While time extensions in the past were caused by a lack of full state compliance with the requirements for issuing the more secure driver's licenses, the deadline was previously pushed from October 2021 to this coming May, officials said at the time, because the pandemic had made it harder for people to get into state motor vehicle departments to obtain the new identifications. "For those who aren't aware, this requirement came about after the 9/11 attacks way back in 2001, supposedly required to make the IDs harder to counterfeit," adds Slashdot reader frdmfghtr in a comment. "If the requirement has been pushed out repeatedly to almost 20 years after the original deadline, then it could not have been that necessary." In 2005, the U.S. Senate passed the Real ID act 100-0. It was included in the $82 billion Iraq Supplemental Spending Bill. In an article from 2006, Ars Technica detailed some of the financial and technological challenges associated with implementing the act.

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Apple Music Is Getting a Karaoke Mode

SlashDot - Tue, 2022-12-06 20:25
Apple on Tuesday announced Apple Music Sing, a karaoke experience that will be built right into the Apple Music app. The Verge reports: With Apple Music Sing, you'll be able to follow along with Apple Music's real-time lyrics and adjust the volume of the vocals so that you can better hear your singing voice. There are a few features designed to make it easier to sing with others, too. Background vocals can appear independently of main vocals, according to Apple, and there will be a duet view as well if you want to sing along with a friend. Apple will have more than 50 "dedicated companion playlists" featuring karaoke-ready songs that you can pick from. Apple Music Sing is launching "later this month" for Apple Music subscribers.

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New Winamp Update Adds Features, Fixes, and (Sigh) Support For 'Music NFTs'

SlashDot - Tue, 2022-12-06 19:45
The release candidate for Winamp version 5.9.1 builds on the groundwork laid by August's 5.9 update to fix some bugs and add new features to the reanimated music player. "Most of these are straightforward updates or improvements to existing features, but because it's 2022, one of the only new features is support for music NFTs," reports Ars Technica. From the report: "Winamp's latest version lets music fans link their Metamask wallet via Brave, Chrome, or Firefox to Winamp. It then connects their favorite music NFTs to their tried-and-true player," the company said in a press release provided to Ars. "Winamp supports audio and video files distributed under both the ERC-721 and ERC-1155 standards, and is launching this new feature for Ethereum and Polygon/Matic protocols." To directly display websites needed to download these NFT playlists, according to the release notes, would require an updated rendering engine for Winamp's in-app browser, which is currently based on Internet Explorer 10. There's still plenty here for legacy Winamp fans to like, and it's nice to see that all the modernization work done in the 5.9 update is paying off in the form of faster updates. Among many other fixes, the new release includes a "memory footprint reduction," a bandwidth increase for streamed music, an update to OpenSSL 3.0.5, and a few other updates for the underlying codecs and other software that Winamp uses to do its thing. As for the NFT support, Winamp developer Eddy Richman (who goes by the handle "DJ Egg" on the Winamp forums) wrote that people who don't want it can remove it, either during the install process or after Winamp is installed.

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Google Search Adds Topic Buttons to Help You Sharpen Queries - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-12-06 19:15
New suggestions pop up below the search field on mobile and are meant to help people get more-specific answers.

Scientists Stumble on Shark Graveyard at Bottom of Indian Ocean - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-12-06 19:11
Voyages of Australia's RV Investigator research vessel have also discovered a never-before-seen species.