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Moto G Play for 2023 Highlights a 16MP Triple Camera System at $170 - CNET

CNET News - 14 hours 41 min ago
The budget-focused Android phone goes on sale Jan. 12.

Best Chest Strap Heart-Rate Monitors for 2022 - CNET

CNET News - 14 hours 42 min ago
No more slipping, sliding or shimmying with these chest straps.

5 Money-Saving Steps for Surviving the Health Care System - CNET

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It starts with questioning your medical bills.

Cobra's SC 200D Dash Cam Will Give You Peace of Mind on the Road - CNET

CNET News - 14 hours 42 min ago
Searching for the best dash cam to buy your loved ones? Look no further than the Cobra SC 200D.

Refinance Rates for Dec. 8, 2022: Rates Slide - CNET

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Several benchmark refinance rates dropped today. Though refinance rates change daily, experts expect rates to continue to climb.

Mortgage Rates on Dec. 8, 2022: Rates Slip - CNET

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Today some major mortgage rates decreased, though rates remain high compared to earlier this year. See how the Fed's interest rate hikes could affect your mortgage payments.

EU To Make Crypto Companies Report Tax Details To Authorities

SlashDot - 14 hours 42 min ago
The European Commission plans to make crypto companies report user holdings to tax authorities, it said Thursday -- but the European Union (EU) body says it's still working on how to enforce the measures on wallet providers or exchanges based outside the bloc. From a report: As previously reported by CoinDesk, the proposed new tax rules, known as the eighth Directive on Administrative Cooperation or DAC8, seeks to halt billions of euros in evasion by taxpayers stashing crypto abroad. "Anonymity means that many crypto-asset users making significant profits fall under the radar of national tax authorities. This is not acceptable," Paolo Gentiloni, EU Commissioner for tax, said in a statement. When asked how the EU will enforce the measures on companies outside the bloc, Gentiloni told reporters, "we will work on that. What counts for us is that EU residents are targeted by these measures," even if they use crypto providers from elsewhere, he said. Gentiloni's measures would further the EU's Markets in Crypto Assets Regulation (MiCA), which allows foreign companies to gain EU clients using a procedure called reverse solicitation.

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Save Over 50% on This 9-Quart Gourmia Air Fryer and Snag It for Just $68 - CNET

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It has seven preset cooking functions, dual frying baskets and right now you can pick it up for $82 off the usual price.

Grab This 58-Inch Samsung 4K TV for Just $360 During 1-Day Deal at Best Buy - CNET

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Upgrade your entertainment space and stream your favorite content in 4K.

Streaming TV's Party Is Over. Now Comes the Hangover - CNET

CNET News - 15 hours 42 min ago
New streamers kept launching with big-budget shows and, often, artificially cheap prices. Now Disney Plus got a hike, and it won't be the last.

Reddit's reveals r/AmItheAsshole was its most popular subreddit in 2022

Engadget - 15 hours 42 min ago

Reddit has unveiled its end-of-year Recap for 2022 and detailed some key stats on the site and communities for the year. It now has over 100,000 active communities globally, and saw some 430 million posts, up 14 percent over last year. The site also saw some 2.5+ billion comments (up 7 percent year-over-year) and 24 billion upvotes.

Among all those communities, the number one most-viewed was r/amitheasshole (aka AITA). Meanwhile, r/worldnews climbed to number three, while r/ukraine had 1.8 billion views, up 76 percent from last year. In this year's edition of r/place (effectively the world's largest digital quilt blanket), redditors from 236 countries contributed 160+ million tiles, including art, memes and more.

Along with stats for the year, the company also announced that its Reddit Recap is back for individual users. It lets you see localized and translated stats for your year on the platform, like your most upvoted comment. At the end of the recap, you can see how you stack up against other users with the awarding of a "Rare," "Epic" or "Legendary" superpower status. 

Reddit's traffic may have benefited this year from a new Google feature that made it easier to search results from Reddit and other forums. Reddit itself also finally made comments searchable, letting you see results from replies to posts and not just the original posts. For more on Reddit Recap 2022, check r/recap.

Free Up Your iPhone's Storage With These Easy Tricks - CNET

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Deleting some apps and downloaded videos can go a long way.

Former Theranos COO Sunny Balwani Sentenced To Nearly 13 Years In Prison

SlashDot - 15 hours 42 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Former Theranos chief operating officer and president Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani was sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison Wednesday for fraud, after the unraveling of the blood-testing juggernaut prompted criminal charges in California federal court against both Balwani and Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, who on Nov. 18 was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison. During the sentencing hearing, attorneys for Balwani attempted to pin the blame on Holmes, telling U.S. District Court Judge Edward J. Davila that "decisions were made by Elizabeth Holmes." Davila had set a sentencing range of 11 years plus 3 months to 14 years, but prosecutors today sought a 15-year sentence given his "significant" oversight role at Theranos' lab business. The final guideline sentence was 155 months, plus three years of probation. Davila set a Mar. 15, 2023, surrender date. [...] Balwani's sentencing in federal court marks the end of the Theranos saga, which enthralled the public and prompted documentary films and novel treatments.

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Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Oracle will share the Pentagon's $9 billion cloud contract

Engadget - 16 hours 2 min ago

Over a year after shutting down its previous attempt at modernizing its IT infrastructure, the Department of Defense (DOD) has picked Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Oracle as its new cloud service providers. The Pentagon has awarded the companies separate contracts for the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) project, and according to Reuters, they will have a shared budget ceiling of $9 billion. This initiative is a successor to DOD's cancelled Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) program that was supposed to connect its different divisions using a single cloud service provider. 

If you'll recall, the department awarded Microsoft with the $10 billion JEDI contract in 2019. Shortly after that, though, Amazon challenged Microsoft's victory in court, claiming that the evaluation process had "clear deficiencies, errors and unmistakable bias." Amazon argued back then that the Pentagon's decision was based on "egregious errors" and "the result of improper pressure from President Donald J. Trump." The company accused the former President of launching "repeated public and behind-the-scenes attacks" against it in an effort to steer the Pentagon away from giving the JEDI contract to Jeff Bezos, "his perceived political enemy." 

While the Pentagon's inspector general office had found no evidence that Trump interfered with the selection process, it also noted that several White House officials did not cooperate with its investigation. In the end, the department chose to cancel the JEDI project because it "no longer meets its needs." Now, under the JWCC, the Pentagon will work with several vendors for the cloud capabilities and services it needs instead of with just a single one.

The companies' contracts will run until 2028 and will provide the DOD access to centralized management and distributed control, global accessibility, advanced data analytics and fortified security, among other capabilities. 

The Morning After: San Francisco reverses approval of lethal police robots

Engadget - 16 hours 27 min ago

In November, the San Francisco Police Department proposed approving the use of remote-controlled robots with deadly force. This was after a law came into effect requiring California officials to define the authorized use of military-grade equipment. It would have allowed police to equip robots with explosives "to contact, incapacitate or disorient violent, armed or dangerous suspects."

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors approved this proposal, initially, despite opposition by civil rights groups. However, during the second of two required votes, the board voted to ban the use of lethal force by police robots. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, this is unusual as the board's second votes typically echo the first results. In the initial proposal, authorities could only use the robots for lethal force after they've exhausted all other possibilities, and a high-ranking official would have to approve their deployment.

Dean Preston, a supervisor who opposes the use of robots as deadly force, said the policy will "place Black and brown people in disproportionate danger of harm or death." In a subsequent statement, Preston said: "There have been more killings at the hands of police than any other year on record nationwide. We should be working on ways to decrease the use of force by local law enforcement, not giving them new tools to kill people."

– Mat Smith

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If Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard goes through, the company vows to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo and to continue making it available on the latter's consoles for at least 10 years. Phil Spencer, Microsoft Gaming's CEO, has announced the company's commitment on Twitter, adding: "Microsoft is committed to helping bring more games to more people – however they choose to play." During an interview, Spencer said that the company intends to treat Call of Duty like Minecraft, making it available across platforms and that he would "love to see [the game]" on the Switch.

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IKEA's latest Sonos Symfonisk speaker is also a $260 floor lamp

Engadget - 16 hours 41 min ago

IKEA announced its latest Sonos collaboration today, a Symfonisk speaker that doubles as a floor lamp. The lamp/speaker combo will launch in January in IKEA stores and online.

The floor lamp’s $260 price makes it the most expensive speaker in the Symfonisk lineup. Current models range between $120 for a bookshelf speaker (with less than stellar audio) and $250 for musical wall art. And your investment in the floor lamp could creep even higher if you want something other than the included bamboo shade, as alternative lampshades run from $39 to $49.

Although Symfonisk speakers are cheaper than Sonos-branded devices, models in the IKEA collaboration don’t have a built-in AI assistant, so you’ll need a separate Alexa, Google Assistant or HomePod product to control them with your voice. But they still support other mainstay Sonos features, like a healthy list of music services, TruePlay tuning (iOS only) and speaker pairing.

Two IKEA Symfonisk floor lamp speakers flanking a couch in a modern living room.IKEA

Sonos and IKEA launched the Symfonisk line in 2019, merging IKEA’s distinct home style with Sonos’ audio smarts. The companies frame the combination as helping customers conserve space on tables or nightstands — or, in this case, the floor — in apartments or smaller homes.

More People Need to Watch the Third Best Sci-Fi Show on Netflix - CNET

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Travelers is a rare sci-fi gem glinting in the shadows of Netflix's catacombs.

Disney Plus Review: Not Just for Kids - CNET

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From Christmas classics to princesses to Star Wars to Marvel, Disney Plus is well worth its monthly fee.

6 Ways to Cope With Social Anxiety During the Holidays - CNET

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The holidays are a time to gather, which can present serious challenges for those with social anxiety.

The Disney Plus Price Hike Is Here: How to Get the Best Bundle Deal - CNET

CNET News - 17 hours 42 min ago
With new prices in effect for Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN, here's a look at money-saving combos, with or without ads.