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Colonial Pipeline Paid Roughly $5 Million in Ransom to Hackers

WASHINGTON — The operator of a critical fuel pipeline on the East Coast paid extortionists roughly 75 Bitcoin — or nearly $5 million — to recover its stolen data, according to people briefed on the transaction, clearing the way for gas to begin flowing again but complicating President Biden’s … Read More

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Microsoft Mixed Reality Developer Shows Off the Full Power of Hand Tracking & Occlusion via the HoloLens 2

The experience of actually using the HoloLens 2 can be difficult to describe to anyone who hasn’t had a chance to directly interact with the device … Read More

DarkSide Ransomware Group Loses Server Access After US Moves to Disrupt Operations

Heightened US scrutiny also appears to have prompted the cybercriminal underworld to shun the DarkSide ransomware group. DarkSide, the ransomware … Read More

Leaker says Samsung will probably switch to Google’s mysterious new mobile OS

Fuchsia OS is no longer just a wild rumor about an operating system that could someday replace Android and help Google get rid of the most annoying … Read More

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, Watch Active 4 look even more likely to run Wear OS

While Samsung’s past smartwatches have run Tizen OS, the company’s own wearable interface, it’s sounding increasingly like the Galaxy Watch 4 and … Read More

ZTE Axon 30 Ultra preorders kick off May 27

ZTE revealed its latest flagship device in China in April and recently offered up a preorder date and the date for the global rollout of the device. … Read More

Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro leaks begin today

Today the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro were leaked with some designs that should throw you for a loop. Both devices look to have a single … Read More

YouTube will pay you to use its TikTok-clone | Pocketnow

YouTube rolled out its TikTok-clone in the form of YouTube Shorts in the US back in March. The feature goes up against the likes of TikTok and its … Read More

HP Reverb G2 Omnicept: HP’s $1,249 VR headset is now available in the U.S.

HP announced that the HP Reverb G2 Omnicept VR headset is now available for purchase in the US (via Upload). HP launched the Reverb G2 last November … Read More

SpaceX reveals plan for Starship’s first orbital test flight

A week after SpaceX nailed the first safe landing of its next-generation Starship rocket and spacecraft, the company has revealed plans for the … Read More

Samsung May 2021 update rolling out now to these devices – 9to5Google

The May 2021 security update or patch has started rolling out for a number of Samsung devices including the likes of the Galaxy S21 and more. As we’ve seen previously with older patches, the May security patch isn’t technically fully released yet even though Samsung has started its rollout to … Read More

Coinbase to accept Dogecoin in six to eight weeks due to altcoin surge

Our mission to make business better is fueled by readers like you. To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today. Coinbase Global Inc. … Read More

How to try Google’s Chat messages feature in Gmail

Why you can trust Pocket-lint (Pocket-lint) – The ability to access Chat messages directly from Gmail is now available to more users. Google first … Read More

Google Pixel 6 leak reveals radical redesign

Google’s Pixel phones are changing in a big way. Leaker Jon Prosser and Front Page Tech have shared renders of the upcoming Google Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro, allegedly based on actual photos of prototypes. And if these renders are true to life, the Pixel 6 is about as different as it can […]

Apple WWDC 2021: iOS 15, MacOS 12 and everything we expect

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference will be held virtually, as it was in 2020. Here’s everything we know about it. Read More

Cloudflare wants to kill the CAPTCHA | ZDNet

Security keys could not only bolster authentication but may also remove one of the most annoying aspects of the internet. Cloudflare is testing out … Read More

ETH price regains $4K as possible Ethereum 2.0 ‘full validator’ count hits 17-month low

The number of Ethereum addresses that hold more than or equal to 32 Ether (ETH) is declining, pointing at a possible lack of interest among traders … Read More

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Apple’s push for 3D will require voxel map of the world claims VR evangelist

Apple is preparing for another “paradigm shift” that embraces 3D, according to VR and AR evangelist Robert Scoble, with predictions that Apple’s strategy involves creating a realtime 3D map of the entire planet, as well as more work on 3D audio and a headset like the often-rumored “Apple Glass.”Apple is thought to be working on […]

Epic lawsuit continues, troublesome hires, and Detroit – This Week in Apple

The trial between Epic Games and Apple offered more revelations about the companies and the App Store in court, while the rest of the week centered around a controversial hiring, iPhone 13′ rumors, and the Detroit Apple Developer Academy.Keep up with all of the Apple newsEvery week, AppleInsider posts a large number of articles about […]

‘Twitter Blue’ subscription may add ‘undo’ button to iOS app

Twitter will allow users to “undo” mistakenly-posted tweets in its app as part of its upcoming “Twitter Blue” subscription, a researcher has uncovered, with the $2.99-per-month service also potentially including other useful premium features.Twitter is a free service to practically all of its users, with advertisers providing the bulk of revenue. However, the microblogging site […]

Apple reportedly will continue to require masks in its US retail stores

Apple will keep its mask mandate in place at its US retail stores | Getty ImagesDespite new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Apple will keep its mandatory mask policy in place at its US retail stores for the time being, Bloomberg reported. The company informed stores that it is continuing to […]

Apple Music for Android reveals lossless audio could be imminent

Illustration by Alex Castro / The VergeApple might have bigger plans for next week than initially thought. The new iMac, iPad Pro, and Apple TV 4K are all set to start shipping to early preorder customers on or around May 21st, but now it seems there could be two surprise announcements: a hi-fi streaming tier […]

Apple confirms space gray Magic Keyboards, Trackpads, and Mice are discontinued

Photo by James Bareham / The VergeIf you want a space gray Apple accessory, such as a Magic Mouse, Keyboard, or Trackpad, now is the time to get one because they’re being discontinued. On Apple’s store page, they’re currently for sale but with a “while supplies last” message (via MacRumors). Apple confirmed to The Verge […]

Apple said Roblox developers don’t make games, and now Roblox agrees

Image: RobloxMassively popular game creation tool Roblox is now a massively popular experience creation tool Roblox, possibly in response to the ongoing Epic v. Apple trial. Roblox allows a variety of user-created projects on its platform, and until earlier this week, these were all grouped under a tab called “Games” on Roblox’s website. Roblox creators […]

Twitter politely asks you to protect its targeted ad dollars in new iOS 14.5 prompt

Illustration by Alex Castro / The VergeAs part of iOS 14.5, Apple’s App Tracking Transparency forces developers to ask permission for something they used to be able to do for free: track iOS users. Today, Twitter is joining the ranks of other developers and adding a prompt that asks users to enable tracking on iOS […]

Apple Stores keep mask mandate in place as other retailers ease restrictions

Though some retailers have eased COVID-19 restrictions, Apple will keep its mask mandate and related safeguards in place at U.S. Apple Store locations, according to a report on Friday.The company informed Apple Store employees that it plans to maintain existing COVID-19 protocols, reports Bloomberg. The stance is in contrast to other retailers like Walmart, Sam’s […]

Antonio Garcia Martinez says Apple fired him, company was ‘well aware’ of his writing

Former Apple ads engineer Antonio Garcia Martinez said Apple was “well aware” of his writing before it hired him, and accused the company of defamation in its recent statement regarding his firing.Credit: Antonio Garcia MartinezIn a Twitter thread on Friday, Garcia Martinez said that “Apple actively recruited me for my role on the ads team, […]

Epic Games expert says iOS could be like macOS without security drawbacks

An Epic Games expert witness laid the groundwork for an argument that Apple could make iOS more like macOS in terms of app distribution and third-party access without suffering in security.Credit: AppleCredit: AppleDuring his testimony on Friday, Harvard University Computer Science Professor James Mickens laid out the differences between iOS and macOS to Judge Yvonne […]

Roblox rebrands as ‘experience’ creation platform amid Epic Games v. Apple trial

Roblox now defines itself as a massively popular “experience” creation tool, rather than gaming platform, after the distinction came up in the ongoing Epic Games v. Apple trial.Credit: RobloxCredit: RobloxOver the past few days, Roblox has combed through its website and replaced the word “game” with “experience.” A tab that once read “Games” now says […]

Twitter adds App Tracking Transparency prompt in latest update

Twitter has added a new splash page asking users to enable ad tracking in compliance with new Apple App Tracking Transparency rules in iOS 14.5.Credit: TwitterCredit: TwitterIn version 8.65, Twitter users will begin seeing a new popup asking them to enable ad tracking to “keep ads relevant.” Tapping on “Continue” will bring users to Apple’s […]

Apple offering Today at Apple sessions in American Sign Language for GAAD

Ahead of Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 20, Apple this week announced new virtual Today at Apple sessions presented in American Sign Language.Credit: AppleCredit: AppleThe Cupertino tech giant will offer two sessions in ASL: “Getting Started with iPhone” and “Getting Started with iPad.” Both will cover the basics, as well as tips and tricks, […]

New Tim Cook Scholarship awards students in Alabama

Apple CEO Tim Cook is recognizing high school students with a new scholarship program in his hometown of Robertsdale, Alabama, with the first round of recipients receiving $7,500 each.Credit: AppleCook is a native of the Robertsdale and graduated from Robertsdale High School. According to local media outlet WKRG, Cook has wanted to give back to […]

Weekend deals: Apple Pencil 2 on sale for $109.99, M1 iPad Pros up to $128 off

Just in time for the release of the new M1 iPad Pro, Amazon-owned Woot is dropping the price of the Apple Pencil 2 to $109.99 with free shipping for Prime members.Apple Pencil 2 dealWoot’s $109.99 deal delivers the lowest price on the Apple Pencil 2, which can be paired with the new M1 iPad Pro […]

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10 best karaoke apps for Android

Karaoke is a fun time, but harder to do at home. You can give it a try with the best karaoke apps for Android! Read More

Android 12 leak points to big visual changes ahead of Google I/O

Is it time to get excited about Android redesigns again?   With I/O just around the corner, we’re reaching a fever pitch on Google leaks. Earlier this week, we saw what could very well be the Pixel 6, and now, we’ve caught an eyeful of Android 12 in motion — and it looks like it […]

Grab a pair of Jabra’s true wireless earbuds for the price of a last-gen video game

But just for today It hasn’t taken terribly long for true wireless earbuds to get cheap. You’ve got tons of options under $100, and if you look hard enough, some decent picks for even less. But Jabra continues to make some of the best TWEs in the business, and today, you can snap up a […]

Microsoft’s folding Surface Duo is cheaper than the Pixel 5 today

Way, way below MSRP As folding phones gained momentum last year, Microsoft released its own take. The Duo is not a good phone for a number of reasons: it’s big and awkward, it’s got an unusual form factor that’s not particularly well supported, and its camera is bad. But it sure is unique, and today, […]

Moft’s X Tablet Stand is the incredibly portable kickstand your tablet deserves

Origami-inspired design makes it an excellent companion to any large slate I love kickstands. Everything should have kickstands, and the fact that everything doesn’t is a damn tragedy. That’s especially true for tablets, little slabs of fragile glass that are designed for media consumption. Despite some sterling work from Microsoft, Lenovo, and (occasionally) Samsung, tablets […]

/e/OS review: This could be your Google-free Pixel experience

A few minor quirks may keep you from switching Google will have gathered a bucketload of your private data, especially if you use Android. What’s worse, if you ever do something the company doesn’t approve of, you might get locked out of your account and lose access to years of emails and photos in the […]

Should you still buy a Galaxy Z Fold2 in 2021?

Three months isn’t too long to wait for a new Fold Last year’s Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 was arguably one of the best phones of 2020. It was the first tablet-style folding phone that truly felt like the future of foldables rather than a prototype. It came with the latest Snapdragon 865+, a flagship-grade camera […]

Dear OEMs: Your Android update policy should have nothing to do with PR

A company’s Android update policy is a core aspect of its products. To treat it as anything less is a bad idea. Read More

Huawei FreeBuds 4i review: It’s all about the value

The FreeBuds 4i feature ANC, water resistance, and solid battery life, all for under £80. Read More

Google Pixel 6: Everything we know so far

UPDATE: Alleged renders of a Pixel 6 and a so-called Pixel 6 Pro landed. Read More

Save $40 on the Logitech Master MX 2S, and more of the best mouse deals

Among many top deals, the highly-rated Logitech Master MX 2S wireless mouse is 40% off right now. Read More

Discord celebrates turning 6 with a new logo, new colors, and a whole refreshed look

What did you do when you turned 6, except cry about the clown your parents hired? How do you keep in touch with your favorite online communities? Most of us have graduated from the bad old days of IRC to a much more full-featured modern offering, and there’s probably none more popular than Discord. As […]

Apple Music’s latest beta brings artwork to life and hints at lossless audio

Apple’s HiFi streaming tier could launch next Tuesday It’s only been a few weeks since the latest version of Apple Music hit the Play Store, bringing along sharable music lyrics and the ability to search by record label. Apple isn’t finished adding new features to the Android version of its streaming app, though. The latest […]

One of Instagram’s most-requested features has been spotted in development

Someday you might be able to post from your desktop browser Based on some details leaked today, Instagram may be working on one of its most requested features: The ability to make posts from your desktop’s browser. The new feature is being tested internally and likely under active development, but there are a handful of […]

New features are ‘popping up’ all over in the latest Niagara Launcher Beta

Widgets, notification, shortcuts, and more — all waiting to pop on up Getting bored with your tired, old phone? Craving a new experience but find yourself stuck with your current handset for a while? Maybe what you need is a new launcher. Switching to a new launcher doesn’t just give your phone a fresh look, […]

Get your game on with the best controllers for Android smartphones

You can play games on your Android device, but if you’re looking to up your game, you’ll need a controller. Here’s our pick of the best for Android devices. Read More

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U.S. Senators Close to Inking $52 Billion Semiconductor Funding Plan

According to a Reuters report, a group of four U.S. senators might unveil their $52-billion microelectronics industry backing proposal on Friday or … Read More

How I Blasted Intel’s Rocket Lake Core i9-11900K to 7.14 GHz On All Cores

How I overclocked the Core i9-11900K to 7.14 GHz on all eight cores and set a world record in PYPrime 2.0. Read More

How to Use Raspberry Pi to Farm Chia Coin

The Raspberry Pi 4 is the ideal low power device for farming Chia Coin. After you’ve made your plots on a powerful PC, you can keep them online at a … Read More

How to clean your computer monitor

Sometimes your computer monitor gets dirty. Here are tips on how to clean your screen and keep it clean. The vital element in monitor cleaning is patience. Read More

How much RAM do you need?

RAM helps make a computer feel “fast” when opening applications and switching tabs in Chrome. But how much RAM do you need, exactly? Read More

Best cheap printer deals for May 2021

If you need a printer, you probably need it now. We’ve rounded up a handful of the best printer deals available along with a list of a few that we recommend. Read More

Insane Grand Theft Auto V graphics mod data hits GitHub

Not enough chips in the bag According to a new report, TSMC has scaled back its chipmaking plans in Europe. At the same time, it’s considering … Read More

Windows 10 build 21382 is rolling out to Insiders in the Dev Channel

LIVE PODCAST We’re LIVE with the Windows Central Video Podcast today at 2:30pm ET, make sure you’re there! What more do you need? Sabrent decided to … Read More

TSMC is reportedly boosting U.S. chip factory plans with 3 nm plant

Science, not gimmicks A new study in the journal Sleep Health tested if Apple’s Night Shift feature in its iPhones helped people sleep better. The … Read More

Corsair’s DDR5 RAM is up to four times better than DDR4 — and it’s coming soon

Corsair is releasing the new DDR5 RAM this year in anticipation of Intel’s 12th generation of processors. DDR5 RAM is said to be four times better than DDR4. Read More

Is Windows Night light nonsense? Maybe for sleep, but there’s more to it

Of course, this raises the question: Is Windows 10’s Night light feature just a gimmick? I’d argue no, or rather, it’s best to understand what it is … Read More

Microsoft Teams is going to let you restart live events soon

LIVE PODCAST We’re LIVE with the Windows Central Video Podcast today at 2:30pm ET, make sure you’re there! What more do you need? Sabrent decided to … Read More

Motherboard Sales Slide Thanks to Graphics Card Bundle ‘Deals’

Thanks to graphics card bundle ‘deals,’ motherboard sales are declining rapidly as people snatch up GPU/motherboard combos and sell the unused … Read More

Samsung Ups Research and CapEx Spending: $150+ Billion by 2030

Samsung increases investments in LSI and foundry businesses. Read More

Setting up BitLocker Drive Encryption on Windows 10

If you have a laptop or device that stores sensitive files, use this guide to enable and configure BitLocker encryption to add an extra layer of … Read More

Report: Galax Preps GeForce RTX 3060, 3060 Ti With Cryptomining Limiters

Palit’s Galax rounds up its LHR product family with GeForce RTX 3060, RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070,and RTX 3080 options. Read More

 

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