This IMO is the absolute worst technology news I have read in ages. I hope this doesn’t happen.
Browser extensions such as Ghostery Privacy Ad Blocker, uBlock Origin, and Privacy Badger, along with scripting extensions including TamperMonkey, which are each designed to block adverts and other content and/or protect one’s privacy online, are expected to function less effectively, if they can even make the transition from Mv2 to the new approach: Manifest v3.
This is scary reading here. Fortunately seems it requires local access it looks pretty hard to get it.
Lenovo has released security updates for more than 100 laptop models to fix critical vulnerabilities that make it possible for advanced hackers to surreptitiously install malicious firmware that can be next to impossible to remove or, in some cases, to detect.
Obviously I am old now but it is kind of hard for me to digest gamers paying two thousands bucks for something that will be out of date in a few months. To each his own though I guess.
NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3090 Ti is finally here, and it’s clear the no-compromise design comes with the steep price tag to match. The new flagship GPU is now available at an official price of $1,999. That’s $500 more than the ‘base’ RTX 3090, and closer to the price of line-blurring GPUs like the old $2,499 Titan RTX.
Is anyone here surprised by this outcome? That being said the 1.25 billion dollar deposit that Arm is keeping has got to soften the blow.
SoftBank’s record-breaking sale of a prized chip designer to Nvidia has officially been called off. At an initial value of $40 billion, the US chipmaker’s acquisition of British design firm ARM would have been the largest semiconductor deal on record. But regulators around the world have long raised concerns about the deal, eventually leading to its collapse on Tuesday.
Long time fan of Richard Marcinko and his Rogue Warrior series of books. I even have a personally autographed copy I treasure to this day. If you wondering who this great American patriot is his books are a good of a place as any to start. Godspeed.
Richard Marcinko, a legendary military figure known for leading SEAL Team Six when the covert special operations unit was in its infancy, died Saturday, according to his son and the National Navy SEAL Museum. He was 81. “Last night, Christmas evening, we lost a hero, who’s also known as The Rogue Warrior, the retired Navy SEAL commander AND the creator of SEAL Team Six, my father, Richard Marcinko,” Matt Marcinko wrote in a tweet on Sunday. “His legacy will live forever. The man has died a true legend,” he added.
Another day another hacker trying to spy on you and your personal information. What’s new?
The new feature alerts users when the microphone or camera has been activated. It’s very similar to a warning that already exists on Apple’s rival iPhone. The Google feature was added to phones in the latest Android 12 update. So if you don’t have that, you won’t be able to see it. The new indicator appears in the top-right corner of the screen. You’ll see a camera or microphone icon when an app attempts to access either respectively. It prevents apps from surreptitiously listening in – or even watching through your camera.
I must admit this is something that you don’t see everyday.
Gmail is finally back up, following a five hour outage that left frustrated users unable to send or receive emails. According to DownDetector, the issues started at around 08:44 BST, and have just been resolved. Speaking to MailOnline, a Google spokesperson said: ‘On Friday November 12 around 08:30 am UTC, some of our users experienced a service disruption to Google Cloud services, including Google Workspace.
Being a Kentucky native this is big news here. Even though it is not really PC related.
Enjoy it while it lasts, though. General Motors hasn’t confirmed it but, given the timeframe, this may be the last gasoline-powered Corvette Z06. There has been a Z06 version of each new generation of Corvette since 2001. With GM moving towards electric vehicles, it’s not clear there will be another gasoline-powered Corvette model on which to base another Z06 after this.
Not computer related but this looks like a world of fun for someone that has more money than they know what to do with.
For the warbird enthusiast looking for something that offers that little bit extra, the brokers at Platinum Fighter Sales might just have a solution. At $850,000 it isn’t exactly cheap, but it’s also amazingly inexpensive considering the performance it offers. This F-104 Starfighter is a true Mach 2-capable machine that can climb at nearly 50,000 feet per minute, and it looks like it’s achieving its maximum speed when it’s sitting still on the ground. The aircraft for sale also has a storied career behind it, and a very reasonable 2,500 flight hours ‘on the clock.’ This, the fastest of privately available antiques, truly represents a unique opportunity for the biggest speed freak among us, and having the chance to own one, in an airworthy condition, is a rarity indeed.
If you run a system with an AMD CPU, you might want to hold off upgrading to Windows 11 for a bit.
AMD has announced that all of its WIndows 11-compatible processors can suffer from reduced performance in some applications when used with the new operating system, with extreme outliers in eSports gaming titles resulting in up to a 10-15% reduction. For applications, AMD says that the performance impact weighs in at 3–5%. A software update and a Windows Update are in the works to address the issues, with both expected to arrive in October 2021 (this month).
The FCC is still trying to stop Robocalls, even those that are coming from overseas. This obviously can’t happen soon enough for most of us.
Ending robocalls is almost like a game of whack-a-mole: Stop one and more pop up. But Jessica Rosenworcel, acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission, thinks she’s found a new hammer to stop the illegal automated spam calls originating from overseas. She’s proposing to close a loophole in FCC regulations to require “gateway” providers to stop robocalls — calls made by automated dialers with recorded messages — before they get to your phone. The agency will vote on the proposal, called the Targeting Gateway Providers to Combat Illegal Robocalls, during its monthly meeting on Tuesday.
Researchers have developed a stronger and tougher glass. Now when and how quickly this shows up commercially is still up in the air.
A new type of glass that’s five times more resistant to fractures than standard glass has been created – and it could finally spell an end to smashed phone screens. The glass and acrylic composite material, which ‘offers a combination of strength, toughness and transparency’, was designed by researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
This article has ten settings they say you should disable in Windows 10. I guess I am not doing too bad as I already had eight of them disabled before I read the article.
If you’re a Windows 10 user, you’ll want to spend just a few minutes looking into these default settings, and potentially turning them off, for the sake of privacy, speed and convenience. Here are eight settings that are turned on by default that you can disable in Windows 10. (You can also check out the top Windows 10 tips and tricks, and how to troubleshoot common Windows 10 problems.)
This confirms once again that lawyers will seek to sue over any little thing today.
Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai in 2019 was warned that describing the company’s Incognito browsing mode as “private” was problematic, yet it stayed the course because he did not want the feature “under the spotlight,” according to a new court filing. Google spokesman José Castañeda told Reuters that the filing “mischaracterizes emails referencing unrelated second and third-hand accounts.”
I kept reading things were getting better with the chip supply. It doesn’t look like that is yet happening though.
The shortage of computer chips is raising the price of new and used cars, delaying shipments of electronics and holding back the economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. “It’s a huge problem,” Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told CNN ahead of leading a White House meeting with manufacturers and users of computer chips. “Everything in your life that has an on-off switch requires semiconductors. Your phone, your car, all of the electronics around you.”
So is there even one single person here that didn’t see this coming? I didn’t think so.
Weeks after Epic’s apparent “win” against Apple in the Epic Games v. Apple case, Apple issued a letter denying Epic’s request to have its developer license agreement reinstated until all legal options are exhausted. This effectively bans Fortnite and any other software from the game maker from returning to Apple’s App Store for years.
This piece of news had me really excited until I saw the replacements. Take a pin for an example. Isn’t a pin just a numerical password?
Microsoft has a solution for the familiar problem of needing to remember too many passwords: doing away with them altogether. The company announced Wednesday that it will introduce a “passwordless account” option for all users of several popular services such as Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft OneDrive in the coming weeks. Microsoft previously made this option available to corporate accounts in March. “You can now completely remove the password from your Microsoft account,” Vasu Jakkal, the company’s corporate vice president of security, compliance and identity, wrote in a blog post Wednesday.
I figured it wouldn’t be too long after the iRobot Roomba that someone came up with a robot to mow your lawn. Well it looks like Segway now has.
Segway has introduced its first robot mower, the Navimow, that uses GPS to stay on your lawn and keep it neatly trimmed. So unlike other robot mowers, you won’t have to install a boundary wire to keep the robot on the right patch of grass. Segway says its Exact Fusion Locating System keeps the Navimow to “precise positions and systematic mowing patterns,” keeping its position accurate to within two centimeters. If its GPS signal is temporarily weak, the Navimow has sensors that will keep it mowing.
If you grew up on console gaming instead of PC gaming like me then this might be a no brainer purchase for you. Either way though this is worth your time to check it out.
What’s the difference between software- and hardware-based emulation? “Traditional” emulation is software-based. Developers of popular emulation software create a program that tricks game ROMs—that is, copies made from cartridge- and disc-based games, that you can store on your computer—into thinking they are running on original hardware. These are the emulators you download to your computer or which come preinstalled in retro TV consoles like the NES Classic. Software emulation can be great. It can also be flawed. Some games run poorly, graphics get distorted, sound gets garbled. The games can exhibit slowdown and input lag not present on original hardware. Software emulation can be kind of a crapshoot.
It’s nice to see Noctua making a budget cooler now. This should broaden their appeal to more than just the hardcore overclockers market.
And if by some chance there isn’t, then it’s only a matter of time until someone builds it. Which is very much the case for the CPU cooler in today’s review, Noctua’s budget-friendly NH-U12S Redux. Already renowned for their high-quality, high-end cooling products, Noctua is working to broaden their market by making their products a bit more accessible to budget buyers, and they’re doing so through products like the Redux. At a high level, the NH-U12S Redux is a cost-reduced version of the company’s very popular NH-U12S cooler. With fewer heatpipes and a different fan, the NH-U12S Redux is intended to bring the quality and cooling performance of its predecessor down to a cheaper, more wallet-friendly price of $50. Which also means that Noctua is more directly facing-off with the other major cooler manufacturers in the highly competitive mainstream market segment.
This is unbelievable. For many years I thought this case finished. Now I wonder if it may not outlive me in some form. Sad.
One strand of the ancient and convoluted SCO versus IBM legal mess that sought to determine who owns UNIX – and perhaps has a claim over Linux – may be about to end. The case commenced in 2003, but its roots go even deeper.In 1998 IBM, the Santa Cruz Operation (SCO – a vendor of UNIX for x86 CPUs) and others teamed to create Project Monterey, with the aim of developing a version of UNIX that worked on multiple hardware platforms. Which is just what the Linux community had started doing, too.
I have been watching the crazy prices for old console games lately and SMH. Well at least one person seems to think we are all being taken for a ride.
Vintage video games, like factory-sealed copies of The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System, have suddenly started selling for eye-popping prices, and a new video documentary claims potential fraud could be a big part of the reason why. It effectively charges auction houses, game graders, and certain collectors with conspiring to manufacture a retro game bubble and get rich in the process.
Well this article is disheartening. I would be really frustrated if I owned one of these cars.
To fix the problem, the automaker will replace the vehicles’ batteries, a costly and laborious procedure that will take some time. Until replacement batteries are ready and service appointments can be scheduled, GM has recommended that Bolt owners park their vehicles outside and limit their battery’s state of charge to 90 percent or lower. The company also recommended not letting the estimated range dip below 70 miles. GM says it is working with LG Chem to ramp up production of the replacement cells.
Like many old people I am a big fan of Antique Roadshow, well it looks like the same sort of hysteria has arrived in certain old video games.
But this appears to be changing. In early August, an unopened copy of “Super Mario Bros,” released in 1985, set a new world record when it sold for $2 million on the collectibles website Rally. Produced for the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), it was the third vintage title to smash the record for the world’s most expensive game in under a month. A few weeks earlier, a sealed copy of “Super Mario 64,” from 1996, became the most expensive video game to sell at auction, fetching $1.5 million. In doing so, it broke a record set two days prior by an $870,000 copy of 1987’s “The Legend of Zelda.”
If you aren’t a fossil like I am and missed out on the whole Leisure Suit Larry thing here is chance to make that up. Better late than never mind you or so they say.
If you’ve never played Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, well, the truth is that it’s probably too late now. What seemed risque in 1987 wouldn’t raise an eyebrow today, and while no specific examples leap immediately to mind I am reasonably confident that there are at least a couple of jokes in there that have not aged well. Still, it is a landmark videogame—one of the groundbreaking adventures that established Sierra as a powerhouse in the early days of PC gaming—and so if you’ve never played it but kind of want to, now you can jump in without spending a penny courtesy of a giveaway at Indiegala.