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Switching Cellphone Carriers in 2022: What to Know Before You Switch Providers - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-04 08:00
Before you change your wireless service, you'll want to make sure you have answers to these questions.

Porsche 911 Turbo S Proves Internal Combustion Isn't Dead at Pikes Peak - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-04 08:00
Here's how David Donner drove a road-legal car to a second-place finish.

Ecobee Smart Thermostat Enhanced vs. Nest Thermostat: Is Ecobee or Nest the Best? - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-04 08:00
Which smart thermostat makes the most sense for your home?

More People Need to Watch This Free TV Show on Tubi - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-04 07:00
The charming Australian version of Lego Masters improves on the US show in every conceivable way (and it's Will Arnett-free).

The Best Kamado Grill for 2022 - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-04 07:00
We thoroughly tested a group of popular kamado grills from Big Green Egg, Kamado Joe, Char-Griller and others. These are our picks.

GM Is Doubling the Size of Its Super Cruise Network In the US, Canada

SlashDot - Thu, 2022-08-04 06:00
General Motors' Super Cruise advanced driver assistance network will soon double in size to 400,000 miles across the U.S. and Canada by the end of the year. Engadget reports: The Super Cruise system -- and its successor, Ultra Cruise -- relies on a mix of high-fidelity LiDAR maps, GPS, and onboard visual and radar sensors to know where the vehicle is on the road. So far, those maps, which dictate where features like Hands-Free Driving can operate, have only included major, divided highways like interstates with the big median barriers. Smaller, undivided public highways -- aka State Routes -- were not included, in part because of the added ADAS challenges presented by oncoming traffic, until now. "This expansion will enable Super Cruise to work on some additional divided highways, but the big news is this the bulk of the expansion will allow Super Cruise to operate on non-divided highways," David Craig, GM's Chief of Maps, said during Tuesday's call. "These non-divided highways are typically the state and federal highways... that connect the smaller cities and townships across the US and Canada." These will include Route 66, the Pacific Coast Highway (aka CA Route 1), the Overseas Highway (aka US Route 1) and the Trans-Canada Highway. "if you look at I-35 which is the interstate that runs North and South up the middle of the United States, and look to the West, you will see that the Super Cruise coverage currently is just the major interstates, which is fairly sparse," Craig continued. "But in the expansion, you can see that it's just a spiderweb of roads covering the entire area. All the little townships are going to be connected now." The company said that every new Super Cruise-enabled GM vehicle will be equipped with the full 400,000-mile capabilities, as will 2021 and 2022 GM vehicles outfitted with the VIP (Vehicle Intelligence Platform) architecture. Vehicles with Super Cruise but without VIP will receive a smaller update.

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2022 Nissan Rogue Is More Powerful, More Efficient - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-04 05:00
Nissan's compact Rogue is a well-rounded SUV.

'CSS Crimes' Turn Social Media Posts Into Games

SlashDot - Thu, 2022-08-04 03:00
Alexis Ong writes via The Verge: It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you build something on the internet, people will find ways to creatively break it. This is exactly what happened with cohost, a new social media platform that allows posts with CSS. Digging through the #interactables hashtag on cohost reveals a bounty of clickable, CSS-enabled experiments that go far beyond GIFs -- there's a WarioWare mug-catching game, an interactive Habbo tribute, magnetic fridge poetry, this absolutely bananas cog machine, and even a "playable" Game Boy Color (which was, at one point, used for a "GIF plays Pokemon" event). Yes, there's also Doom. The cohost team embraced the madness. It was the beginning of a creative avalanche that simply isn't possible on other social media sites -- a phenomenon that the cohost community has since dubbed "CSS crimes."

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SpaceX and Viasat Fight Over Whether Starlink Can Meet FCC Speed Obligations

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-08-03 23:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Over a year and a half after tentatively winning $886 million in broadband funding from the government's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), SpaceX is still trying to get paid by the Federal Communications Commission. One problem for Starlink -- though not the only problem -- is a series of objections from satellite company Viasat, which says Starlink lacks the capacity and speed to meet FCC obligations. In a new FCC filing, SpaceX denounced Viasat's "misguided campaign" against the Starlink funding. "Viasat is transparently attempting to have the Commission impede competition at all costs to protect its legacy technology," SpaceX told the FCC. The new SpaceX filing was submitted on Friday and posted to the FCC's website Monday, as pointed out by Light Reading. Viasat submitted an analysis (PDF) to the FCC in April 2021 claiming that Starlink won't be able to meet the speed obligations attached to the RDOF funding due to capacity limitations. SpaceX bid in the "Above Baseline" tier that requires at least 100Mbps download speeds and 20Mbps upload speeds, and committed to latency of 100 ms or less. Viasat, which primarily uses geostationary satellites with worse latency than Starlink's low Earth satellites, didn't bid in the auction. Viasat's most recent filing last month said, "Starlink still does not support the 100/20Mbps speeds that SpaceX is obligated to provide to all households covered by its provisionally winning RDOF bids" and that "Starlink is unable to do so because of its own system design limitations that cannot be overcome by launching more satellites." Viasat cited Ookla speed tests in its July 2022 filing [...]. In its July 29 response, SpaceX said the "filing adds to Viasat's ongoing campaign to oppose every one of SpaceX's applications, regardless of the proceeding... Viasat is perhaps reinvigorated by recent Ookla data showing Starlink has been able to provide high-speed, low-latency broadband service vastly exceeding Viasat's performance." SpaceX also previously denounced Viasat's objections in FCC filings in July 2021 (PDF) and December 2021 (PDF). The old and new SpaceX filings said the company is cooperating with FCC staff on the Starlink funding review. "Viasat continues to ignore that the Commission specifically directed the Commission staff -- not competitors -- to review the merits of RDOF applications," SpaceX's new filing said. "Starlink has welcomed that staff review and has fully engaged within that Commission-mandated process to demonstrate its ability to meet all of its RDOF obligations and provide high-quality broadband service to consumers that for too long have gone unserved."

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Marvel and the MCU Phase 5 and Phase 6: All Your Questions Answered - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-03 22:41
Confused? Here's a handy explainer for all things Marvel in the coming years.

James Gunn Says 'Peacemaker' Is Safe, Amid HBO Max Cancelations - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-03 22:03
Creator James Gunn assures fans season 2 of the superhero show is still happening.

Judge Orders Waterloo Business To Name Customers Who Doxxed, Threatened Bungie Employees

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-08-03 22:02
An innocent tweet about a wildly popular online multiplayer game led to a terrifying real-life campaign of doxxing and death threats against employees of game company Bungie. The Record reports: Two employees of Bungie, the American company behind "Destiny 2" -- a first-person shooter with 40 million users -- recently convinced an Ontario judge to order Waterloo-based TextNow to name its customers who made "racist and serious physical threats" against them. TextNow offers users anonymous phone service. [...] The two employees sought an "urgent and confidential" court order requiring TextNow to name the customers who made the threats. The judge agreed on June 15 but waited a month before releasing his reasons due to "the serious nature of the allegations of danger." TextNow collects information about each user, including email address, phone number, IP address, credit card number and logs of calls and texts. The judge said the employees don't plan to sue the users in Ontario. "Whether they sue in the U.S. or just give the name to the police, I am satisfied that the exceptional equitable remedy ought to be available to identify people who harass others, with base racism, who dox, abuse personal information, and make overt threats of physical harm and death," he said. "Our mission is to provide everyone with an affordable way to communicate, and we place a high value on the safety and privacy of our users," a TextNow spokesperson said in an email to The Record. "From time to time, we receive lawful requests for information. We comply with all valid requests as required by law."

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Robinhood Is Firing Nearly a Quarter of Its Staff

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-08-03 21:25
Robinhood is letting go of nearly a quarter of its staff, CEO Vlad Tenev said in a message posted to the company's blog. The Verge reports: "As part of a broader company reorganization into a General Manager (GM) structure, I just announced that we are reducing our headcount by approximately 23%," Tenev wrote. "While employees from all functions will be impacted, the changes are particularly concentrated in our operations, marketing, and program management functions." Robinhood's chief product officer Aparna Chennapragada is also stepping down from her post as part of the restructuring, according to a filing (PDF) with the Securities and Exchange Commission, though she'll "remain employed in an advisory role to the CEO or his designee through January 2, 2023." Chennapragada joined the company from Google in March 2021. The announcements came as Robinhood released its Q2 2022 earnings information a day earlier than scheduled, reporting total revenue of $318 million over the three months, which is 44 percent lower than the same period in 2021. In April, Robinhood said it planned to cut 9 percent of its full-time staff, but "this did not go far enough," Tenev said. The company had staffed up assuming that the increased trading after things like the GameStonk phenomenon and bullish crypto markets would carry into 2022 but has run into the headwinds of inflation and the so-called "crypto winter" that are affecting other companies. Those who are affected by the cuts will be able to stay at Robinhood through October 1st at their regular pay and benefits alongside a severance package, Tenev says.

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Beauty Sleep: The Toll Poor Sleep Takes on Your Appearance and Health - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-03 21:00
Beauty sleep is real. Here's how sleep can make you look youthful.

Linux May Soon Lose Support For the DECnet Protocol

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-08-03 20:45
Microsoft software engineer Stephen Hemminger has proposed removing the DECnet protocol handling code from the Linux kernel. The Register reports: The timing is ironic, as this comes just two weeks after VMS Software Inc announced that OpenVMS 9.2 was really ready this time... That announcement, of course, came some months after the first time it announced [PDF] version 9.2 [...]. The last maintainer of the DECnet code was Red Hat's Christine Caulfield, who flagged the code as orphaned in 2010. The change is unlikely to vastly inconvenience many people: VMS is the last even slightly mainstream OS that used DECnet, and VMS has supported TCP/IP for a long time. Indeed, for decades, the oldest email in this reporter's "sent" folder was a 1993 enquiry about the freeware CMUIP stack for VMS. One of the easier ways to bootstrap VMS on an elderly VAX these days is to install it on the SimH VAX hardware simulator, and then net-boot the real VAX from the simulated one. Anyone keen enough to do that will be competent to run an older version of Linux just for the purpose. Although their existence is rapidly being forgotten today, TCP/IP is not the only network protocol around, and as late as the mid-1990s it wasn't even the dominant one. The Linux kernel used to support multiple network protocols, but they are disappearing fast. [...] For a long time, DECnet was a significant network protocol. DEC supplied a client stack called PathWorks to let DOS, Windows and Mac clients connect to VAX servers, not only for file and print, but also terminal connections and X.11. Whole worldwide WANs ran over DECnet, and as a teenage student, your correspondent enjoyed exploring them.

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Over 3,200 Apps Leak Twitter API Keys, Some Allowing Account Hijacks

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-08-03 20:02
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered a set of 3,207 mobile apps that are exposing Twitter API keys to the public, potentially enabling a threat actor to take over users' Twitter accounts that are associated with the app. The discovery belongs to cybersecurity firm CloudSEKE, which scrutinized large app sets for potential data leaks and found 3,207 leaking a valid Consumer Key and Consumer Secret for the Twitter API. When integrating mobile apps with Twitter, developers will be given special authentication keys, or tokens, that allow their mobile apps to interact with the Twitter API. When a user associates their Twitter account with this mobile app, the keys also will enable the app to act on behalf of the user, such as logging them in via Twitter, creating tweets, sending DMs, etc. As having access to these authentication keys could allow anyone to perform actions as associated Twitter users, it is never recommended to store keys directly in a mobile app where threat actors can find them. CloudSEK explains that the leak of API keys is commonly the result of mistakes by app developers who embed their authentication keys in the Twitter API but forget to remove them when the mobile is released. [...] One of the most prominent scenarios of abuse of this access, according to CloudSEK, would be for a threat actor to use these exposed tokens to create a Twitter army of verified (trustworthy) accounts with large numbers of followers to promote fake news, malware campaigns, cryptocurrency scams, etc. "CloudSEK shared a list of impacted applications [...] with apps between 50,000 and 5,000,000 downloads," reports BleepingComputer. They are not disclosing the list because they are still vulnerable to exploitation and Twitter account takeover.

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Boyd Holbrook Discusses His Film 'Vengeance' and New Series 'The Sandman' - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-03 19:52
The Narcos actor also dishes on his obsession with meditation and the search for life elsewhere in the universe.

Google Play Store Removes Version Numbers From Android App Listings

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-08-03 19:20
In response to user criticism, Google Play is bringing back the list of app permissions, but another curious Store change sees version numbers removed from the App info section. 9to5Google reports: Historically, you've been able to find the version number by opening a listings's "About this app" section and scrolling down to "App info" where it was the first line item. As of today, "Version" no longer appears there (or in the phone section of "Compatibility for your active devices") and "Updated on" is at the top. This information is only gone for the phone version of applications. It curiously remains for Wear OS and Android/Google TV apps. Meanwhile, version numbers still appear on the Google Play website. This issue does not appear related to (or just impact) apps that only note "Varies with device."

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World of Warcraft Mobile Game Shelved, Report Says - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-03 19:12
Activision Blizzard reportedly cans the rumored smartphone version of WoW.

Moon Knight Is Returning for Season 2, Oscar Isaac Suggests in TikTok - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-03 19:01
The show's executive producer tweets a TikTok video of himself and star Oscar Isaac in Egypt.