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Get 20% Off Skin Care Sitewide During Tula's Friends and Family Sale - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 11:10
This award-winning skin care brand is packed with probiotics to improve your skin with each use.

The Rings of Power Just Connected Nori's and Frodo's Journeys in a Fun Way - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 11:00
Blink and you might miss this subtle nod to the Peter Jackson films in Episode 5 of Rings of Power.

Australia Phones Cyber-Attack Exposes Personal Data

SlashDot - Fri, 2022-09-23 10:40
Australia's second-largest telecommunications company, Optus, has reported a cyber-attack. The breach exposed customers' names, dates of birth, phone numbers and email addresses. From a report: The company - which has more than ten million subscribers - says it has shut down the attack but not before other details such as driver's licences and passport numbers were hacked. Optus says payment data and account passwords were not compromised. The company said it would notify those at "heightened risk" but all customers should check their accounts. Chief executive Kelly Bayer Rosmarin apologised to its customers, on ABC TV. She said names, dates of birth and contact details had been accessed, "in some cases" the driving licence number, and in "a rare number of cases the passport and the mailing address" had also been exposed. The company had notified the Australian Federal Police after noticing "unusual activity." And investigators were trying "to understand who has been accessing the data and for what purpose."

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Huawei Mate XS 2 Review: A Creaseless Foldable, for Better or Worse - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 10:00
Huawei bets that single-screen foldable phones are the future.

France Sets Minimum Delivery Fee For Online Book Sales To Help Independent Stores Compete

SlashDot - Fri, 2022-09-23 10:00
France plans to impose a minimum delivery fee of 3 euros ($2.93) for online book orders of less than 35 euros to level the playing field for independent bookstores struggling to compete against e-commerce giants, the government said on Friday. From a report: A 2014 French law already prohibits free book deliveries, but Amazon and other vendors such as Fnac have circumvented this by charging a token 1 cent per delivery. Local book stores typically charge up to 7 euros for shipping a book. Legislation was passed in December 2021 to close the one-cent loophole through a minimum shipping fee, but the law could not take effect until the government had decided on the size of that fee. "This will adapt the book industry to the digital era by restoring an equilibrium between large e-commerce platforms, which offer virtually free delivery for books whatever the order size, and bookstores that cannot match these delivery prices," the culture and finance ministries said in a joint statement. They added that France will notify the European Commission of its plan and the minimum delivery fee will take effect six months after the EU grants approval.

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Take an Extra 20% Off Handbags, Jewelry and More at Kate Spade - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 09:54
Get newly discounted and returning favorites during this one-day sale.

Shovel Knight Dig Is a Nostalgic, Yet Energetic, Addition to Apple Arcade - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 09:18
Apple Arcade subscribers can check out the new game today.

T-Mobile Subscribers Now Get Free In-Flight Wi-Fi on United Airlines - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 09:00
T-Mobile now offers free in-flight Wi-Fi for Magenta Max customers for a fourth airline, on top of American, Alaska and Delta.

NVIDIA's new AI model quickly generates objects and characters for virtual worlds

Engadget - Fri, 2022-09-23 09:00

NVIDIA is looking to take the sting out of creating virtual 3D worlds with a new artificial intelligence model. GET3D can generate characters, buildings, vehicles and other types of 3D objects, NVIDIA says. The model should be able to whip up shapes quickly too. The company notes that GET3D can generate around 20 objects per second using a single GPU.

Researchers trained the model using synthetic 2D images of 3D shapes taken from multiple angles. NVIDIA says it took just two days to feed around 1 million images into GET3D using A100 Tensor Core GPUs.

The model can create objects with "high-fidelity textures and complex geometric details," NVIDIA's Isha Salian wrote in a blog post. The shapes GET3D makes "are in the form of a triangle mesh, like a papier-mâché model, covered with a textured material," Salian added.

Users should be able to swiftly import the objects into game engines, 3D modelers and film renderers for editing, as GET3D will create them in compatible formats. That means it could be much easier for developers to create dense virtual worlds for games and the metaverse. NVIDIA cited robotics and architecture as other use cases.

The company said that, based on a training dataset of car images, GET3D was able to generate sedans, trucks, race cars and vans. It can also churn out foxes, rhinos, horses and bears after being trained on animal images. As you might expect, NVIDIA notes that the larger and more diverse the training set that's fed into GET3D, "the more varied and detailed the output."

With the help of another NVIDIA AI tool, StyleGAN-NADA, it's possible to apply various styles to an object with text-based prompts. You might apply a burned-out look to a car, convert a model of a home into a haunted house or, as a video showing off the tech suggests, apply tiger stripes to any animal.

The NVIDIA Research team that created GET3D believes future versions could be trained on real-world images instead of synthetic data. It may also be possible to train the model on various types of 3D shapes at once, rather than having to focus on one object category at a given time.

Polio in the US: Everything to Know About Vaccines and Boosters - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 09:00
The CDC confirmed vaccine-derived polio circulating in New York. Here's why that's not as scary as it sounds if you were vaccinated as a kid.

Current Refinance Rates on Sept. 23, 2022: Rates Trend Higher - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 09:00
Multiple key refinance rates climbed higher today. If you're in the market for a refi, now's a good time to assess your options.

Current Mortgage Rates for Sept. 23, 2022: Rates Tick Up - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 09:00
Today a handful of major mortgage rates inched up. See how the Fed's interest rate hikes could affect your home loan payments.

Meta Sued For Skirting Apple Privacy Rules To Snoop On Users

SlashDot - Fri, 2022-09-23 09:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Meta was sued for allegedly building a secret work-around to safeguards that Apple launched last year to protect iPhone users from having their internet activity tracked. In a proposed class-action complaint filed Wednesday in San Francisco federal court, two Facebook users accused the company of skirting Apple's 2021 privacy rules and violating state and federal laws limiting the unauthorized collection of personal data. A similar complaint was filed in the same court last week. The suits are based on a report by data privacy researcher Felix Krause, who said that Meta's Facebook and Instagram apps for Apple's iOS inject JavaScript code onto websites visited by users. Krause said the code allowed the apps to track "anything you do on any website," including typing passwords. According to the suits, Meta's collection of user data from the Facebook app helps it circumvent rules instituted by Apple in 2021 requiring all third-party apps to obtain consent from users before tracking their activities, online or off. Meta has said it expected to miss out on $10 billion in ad revenue in 2022 because of Apple's changes. The Facebook app gets around Apple privacy rules by opening web links in an in-app browser, rather than the user's default browser, according to Wednesday's complaint. "This allows Meta to intercept, monitor and record its users' interactions and communications with third parties, providing data to Meta that it aggregates, analyzes, and uses to boost its advertising revenue," according to the suit. A Meta spokesperson said the allegations are "without merit" and the company will defend itself. "We have designed our in-app browser to respect users' privacy choices, including how data may be used for ads," the company said in an emailed statement.

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Engadget Podcast: The repairable iPhone 14 and NVIDIA’s RTX 4000 GPUs

Engadget - Fri, 2022-09-23 08:31

Surprise! The iPhone 14 is pretty repairable, it turns out. This week, Cherlynn and Devindra chat with Engadget’s Sam Rutherford about this move towards greater repairability and what it means for future iPhones. Also, they dive into NVIDIA’s powerful (and expensive!) new RTX 4080 and 4090 GPUs. Sure, they’re faster than before, but does anyone really need all that power?

Engadget · The repairable iPhone 14, NVIDIA’s RTX 4000 GPUs

Listen above, or subscribe on your podcast app of choice. If you've got suggestions or topics you'd like covered on the show, be sure to email us or drop a note in the comments! And be sure to check out our other podcasts, the Morning After and Engadget News!

  • The iPhone 14 is surprisingly repairable – 1:17

  • NVIDIA announces RTX 4090 and 4080 GPUs (and a Portal mod with ray tracing) – 21:08

  • Huge hack at Rockstar leaks GTA 6 videos and dev code – 34:22

  • Uber was also hacked last week by the same crew that hit Rockstar – 38:37

  • Windows 11 2022 Update – 40:21

  • Google is offering a $30 1080p HDR Chrome cast with Google TV – 44:05

  • Does anyone need the Logitech G cloud gaming handset? – 46:59

  • Twitch is banning gambling streams on October 18 – 51:56

  • Working on – 55:34

  • Pop culture picks – 1:01:35


Hosts: Cherlynn Low and Devindra Hardawar
Guest: Sam Rutherford
Producer: Ben Ellman
Music: Dale North and Terrence O'Brien
Livestream producers: Julio Barrientos
Graphic artists: Luke Brooks and Brian Oh

Save 25% on Nomad's Ultra Orange iPhone 14 Case and Apple Watch Band - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 08:18
Get some rugged Apple accessories to match your outdoorsy lifestyle.

Marvel's Captain America-Black Panther Game: A Behind-the-Scenes View - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 08:00
Gaming legend Amy Hennig and story consultant Marc Bernadin talk about their ambitious World War II-set action adventure and how it could revolutionize the gaming industry.

iPhone 14 Pro vs. Galaxy S22 Ultra: We Put Their Cameras to the Test - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 08:00
We take a look at how the iPhone 14 Pro's new camera compares to the Galaxy S22 Ultra's.

This Free Multiplayer Crossword Beams Down to You Daily From Cats in Space - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 08:00
Planet Crossword, from cosmically feline studio Hovercats, is a daily, free, collaborative word game you can solve on your own -- or in a group of thousands.

The Morning After: Google's cheaper $30 Chromecast with Google TV

Engadget - Fri, 2022-09-23 07:15

Google has unveiled another streaming dongle. The Chromecast with Google TV (HD) device manages to offer a lot of the features from the $50 4K model at a significantly cheaper $30 price. Unlike the older $35 Chromecast, it comes with a remote control that eliminates the need for a smartphone, though you can still control it with your phone. There is a drawback – that lower 1080p resolution – but there’s HDR support. It also comes with six months of Peacock Premium, free.

The lack of a remote controller was a frustration for many people looking for a plug-and-stream stick, and at this price, it’s a pretty tempting streaming solution if you haven’t already picked up a Chromecast, Roku or something else.

– Mat Smith

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