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  • The Moon Pays a Spring Visit To Virgo
    An anonymous reader shares a report: The moon visits one of the spring constellations this week by traveling through the faint constellation of Virgo, the virgin. On 1 and 2 June, our natural satellite will pass close to Virgo's only bright star, Spi…
    - 4 hours ago, 26 May 20, 3:30am -
  • Microsoft Promises New Skype Features Despite Teams For Consumers Launch
    An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has shared few usage numbers since acquiring Skype for $8.5 billion in October 2011. Skype's monthly active users, for example, haven't been updated since August 2015 -- 300 million has been the number for years.…
    - 7 hours ago, 26 May 20, 12:30am -
  • NASA and SpaceX Confirm SpaceX's First Ever Astronaut Launch is a 'Go'
    NASA and SpaceX are closer than ever to a moment both have been preparing for since the beginning of the Commercial Crew program in 2010. SpaceX's Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon spacecraft are now set to fly with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken…
    - 9 hours ago, 25 May 20, 10:35pm -
  • Thousands of Enterprise Systems Infected by New Blue Mockingbird Malware Gang
    Thousands of enterprise systems are believed to have been infected with a cryptocurrency-mining malware operated by a group tracked under the codename of Blue Mockingbird. From a report: Discovered earlier this month by malware analysts from cloud se…
    - 10 hours ago, 25 May 20, 9:00pm -
  • Chrome: 70% of All Security Bugs Are Memory Safety Issues
    Roughly 70% of all serious security bugs in the Chrome codebase are memory management and safety bugs, Google engineers said. From a report: Half of the 70% are use-after-free vulnerabilities, a type of security issue that arises from incorrect manag…
    - 11 hours ago, 25 May 20, 8:05pm -
  • In $16 Billion Push To Expand Broadband, America Is Flying Through a Fog
    Spurred by the coronavirus pandemic, federal policy makers are pushing to spend billions of dollars to close gaps in America's high-speed internet network. From a report: There is one big obstacle: Government officials say they don't have a clear pic…
    - 12 hours ago, 25 May 20, 7:25pm -
  • 'Japan Model' Has Beaten Coronavirus, Shinzo Abe Declares
    Prime minister Shinzo Abe has declared victory for the "Japan model" of fighting coronavirus as he lifted a nationwide state of emergency after seven weeks [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source]. From a report: Speaking at a p…
    - 13 hours ago, 25 May 20, 6:45pm -
  • Google Removes QAnon Apps From Play Store for Violating Terms
    Google last week removed three apps related to the QAnon conspiracy theory from its Play Store digital marketplace. From a report: The apps -- called QMAP, Q Alerts! and Q Alerts LITE -- were taken down for violating Google's policies against "harmfu…
    - 13 hours ago, 25 May 20, 6:07pm -
  • WHO Temporarily Suspends Trial of Hydroxychloroquine Over Safety Concerns
    The World Health Organization is temporarily pausing tests of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment in order to review safety concerns, the agency's director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu said Monday. From a report:…
    - 14 hours ago, 25 May 20, 5:28pm -
  • A Massive Database of 8 Billion Thai Internet Records Leaks
    Thailand's largest cell network AIS has pulled a database offline that was spilling billions of real-time internet records on millions of Thai internet users. From a report: Security researcher Justin Paine said in a blog post that he found the datab…
    - 15 hours ago, 25 May 20, 4:46pm -
  • eBay Port Scans Visitors' Computers For Remote Access Programs
    AmiMoJo shares a report: When visiting the site, a script will run that performs a local port scan of your computer to detect remote support and remote access applications. Many of these ports are related to remote access/remote support tool…
    - 15 hours ago, 25 May 20, 4:05pm -
  • Twitter Struggles To Label Misleading COVID-19 Tweets
    Automated technology that Twitter began using this month to label tweets containing coronavirus misinformation is making mistakes, raising concerns about the company's reliance on artificial intelligence to review content. From a report: On May 11, T…
    - 16 hours ago, 25 May 20, 3:29pm -


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    • It's the thought that counts.
      We hope you have a very, merry Christmas!
      - 24 Dec 13, 11:47pm -
    • The real reasons Google is getting into robots
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    • What's on TV this week: HBO Max, 'Space Force' and 'Uncut Gems'
      This week HBO makes its assault on streaming with the new HBO Max service. At launch it will include tons of archival content like the back catalog of Friends, Rick & Morty and 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as a fleet of new original shows, movi…
      - 5 hours ago, 26 May 20, 2:29am -
    • What does Apple want from a VR events company?
      Since 2009 a startup called NextVR has been developing proprietary cameras and striking deals to bring live events -- think sporting events, wrestling matches and concerts -- straight to the VR headset of your choice. It sounds like a potent cure for…
      - 8 hours ago, 25 May 20, 11:00pm -
    • Virgin Orbit's first launch demo flight ends abruptly after rocket release
      Virgin Orbit’s first launch demonstration flight has ended in a very unceremonious fashion. The spaceflight firm reported a “clean release” of LauncherOne from the Cosmic Girl host aircraft, but the rocket’s journey “terminated shortly into…
      - 11 hours ago, 25 May 20, 8:12pm -
    • ‘Call of Duty: WWII’ is the next free PS Plus game, and it arrives tomorrow
      Perhaps bearing in mind that many PS4 players are looking for more ways to kill time until The Last of Us Part II finally drops next month, Sony is releasing its next free PS Plus title a bit early. And it’s a pretty big one -- subscribers can snag…
      - 13 hours ago, 25 May 20, 6:15pm -
    • What we're watching: 'Deep Space 9,' 'Kingdom' and 'Solar Opposites'
      This month, Buyer’s Guide Editor Kris Naudus digs into ‘Deep Space Nine’ and how binge-watching changes the show’s impact, while Cherlynn Low highlights ‘Kingdom’ as an example of the international content you need to give a chance and An…
      - 14 hours ago, 25 May 20, 5:30pm -
    • Save $70 on a Nest WiFi bundle at Best Buy and the Google Store
      If WiFi coverage in your home is spotty in some parts, you may want to look into a mesh router system. Luckily, a pretty good one is on sale at the moment. Bed Bath and Beyond and Best Buy have discounted the Google Nest WiFi router and access po…
      - 15 hours ago, 25 May 20, 4:30pm -
    • Amazon sale drops the price of a Kindle to $60
      Need an e-reader to get through pandemic lockdowns? Now’s a good time to get one. Amazon is running a sale on the standard Kindle that drops the price of the Special Offers version to $60, or $30 below its usual price. That’s similar to historic…
      - 16 hours ago, 25 May 20, 3:30pm -
    • The best grilling gear
      Summer may not officially start until mid-June, but Memorial Day weekend is widely celebrated as the start of the outdoor season. And for some, that means the first chance to fire up the grill for a (small, socially distanced) party. We’ve compiled…
      - 16 hours ago, 25 May 20, 3:00pm -