Microsoft Flight Simulator In VR: a Turbulent Start For Wide-Open Skies

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: After over a year of requests from fans and enthusiasts, and months of official teases, Microsoft Flight Simulator has a virtual reality mode. Whether you play the game via Steam or the Windows Store, you can now take advantage of "OpenXR" calls to seemingly any PC-VR system on the market, aided by an "enable/disable VR" keyboard shortcut at any time. This summer, ahead of the game's final-stretch beta test, the developers at Asobo Studio us...
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HBO Max won’t play ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ w/ Dolby Atmos on Chromecast with Google TV

When it debuts on HBO Max on Christmas Day, Wonder Woman 1984 will lack support for Dolby Atmos specifically on Chromecast with Google TV.
Tags: Google, Hbo, Dolby Atmos, HBO Max, Google TV

Laptops, Desktop Sales See 'Renaissance;' Shortages Won't Ease Until 2022

The world stocked up on laptop and desktop computers in 2020 at a level not seen since the iPhone debuted in 2007, and manufacturers still are months away from fulfilling outstanding orders, hardware industry executives and analysts said. Reuters reports: Remote learning and working has upturned the computer market during the coronavirus pandemic, zapping sales of smartphones while boosting interest in bigger devices, which had become afterthoughts to iPhones and Androids over the last decade. "...
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Sony Publishes An Official Linux Driver For PS5 DualSense Controllers

Sony has published a new "hid-playstation" Linux kernel driver for bringing up the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller and will also be used for supporting other PlayStation hardware on Linux. Phoronix reports: This new Linux kernel driver supports the PlayStation 5 "DualSense" game controller both in USB and Bluetooth modes. All key functionality along with LEDs, motion sensors, touchpad, battery, lightbar, and rumble are all supported by this official Sony Linux driver. The Linux kernel already...
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Russian hackers used Microsoft vendors to breach customers: Report

"The suspected Russian hackers behind the worst U.S. cyber attack in years leveraged reseller access to Microsoft Corp services to penetrate targets that had no compromised network software from SolarWinds," Joseph Menn and Raphael Satter at Reuters report: While updates to SolarWinds' Orion software was previously the only known point of entry, security company CrowdStrike Holdings Inc said Thursday hackers had won access to the vendor that sold it Office licenses and used that to try to rea...
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Daily Crunch: Alibaba faces antitrust probe

Chinese authorities investigate an e-commerce giant, Google may be tightening its grip on research and VCs weigh in on the year’s biggest surprises. This is your (briefer than usual) Daily Crunch for December 24, 2020. The big story: Alibaba faces antitrust probe China’s State Administration for Market Regulation said that it’s investigating the e-commerce giant over a policy that forces merchants to sell exclusively with Alibaba and skip rival platforms and Pinduoduo. “Alibaba will act...
Tags: Google, Ecommerce, China, US, Toronto, Tech, Policy, Alibaba, Alibaba Group, Sidewalk Labs, Reuters, PitchBook, Daily Crunch, Ant Group, State Administration for Market Regulation, Pinduoduo Alibaba

The ACLU Is Suing For More Information About the FBI's Phone-Hacking Lab

On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a new lawsuit demanding information about the FBI's Electronic Device Analysis Unit (EDAU) -- a forensic unit that the ACLU believes has been quietly breaking the iPhone's local encryption systems. The Verge reports: "The FBI is secretly breaking the encryption that secures our cell phones and laptops from identity thieves, hackers, and abusive governments," the ACLU said in a statement announcing the lawsuit, "and it refuses to even acknowled...
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XRP Cryptocurrency Crashes Following Announcement of SEC Suit Against Ripple

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The value of one of the world's most valuable cryptocurrencies is crashing and a recently filed SEC complaint is at the root of the free fall. According to CoinMarketCap, the XRP token's value has declined more than 42% in the past 24 hours and is down more than 63% from its 30-day high of $0.76. It now sits at just $0.27. XRP's price volatility has rivaled the most capricious of cryptocurrencies. Since reaching an all-time-high of $3.84 back ...
Tags: Tech, SEC, Coinmarketcap, Brad Garlinghouse, Chris Larsen, Bran Garlinghouse, SEC Suit Against Ripple

Honk introduces a real-time, ephemeral messaging app aimed at Gen Z (techcrunch)

A new mobile app called Honk aims to make messaging with friends a more interactive, real-time experience. Instead of sending texts off into the void and hoping for a response, friends on Honk communicate via messages that are shown live as you type, with no saved chat history and no send button. The end result is a feeling of being more present in a conversation, as Honk will notify users the moment someone leaves a chat. And if you really want to get someone’s attention, you can send them a “H...
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Samsung is now pretending it never made fun of Apple for selling new iPhones without charger

Rumors and regulatory filing suggest the upcoming Galaxy S21 will also ship without a charger, which explains Samsung's recent social...
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Apple Begins Lowering App Store Commission to 15% for Eligible Developers

Apple recently introduced a new Small Business Program that reduces the App Store's commission rate to 15% for developers earning up to $1 million per calendar year in net revenue from the sale of apps and in-app purchases. For developers exceeding the $1 million threshold, Apple's standard 30% commission rate still applies. Earlier this week, Apple began emailing eligible developers about their acceptance into the program, noting that the reduced 15% commission rate would go into effect by J...
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VISA Continues Pornhub Ban, To Allow Card Use On Some of Its Parent's Sites

Visa said on Wednesday it would allow usage of its cards on Pornhub-owner MindGeek's platforms that host professionally produced adult studio content, but would continue to decline processing payments coming from Pornhub itself. Reuters reports: Visa said its ban remains in effect for those websites that host user-generated content, the most popular being Pornhub, until an ongoing investigation was completed. "Following a thorough review, Visa will reinstate acceptance privileges for MindGeek si...
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How to Send a File to Participants After they Submit your Google Form

When someone fills out your Google Form, you may want to send a file or two to the form respondent. For instance:A school teacher can send a Word document containing a copy of the answers to students who have completed the quiz.A musician can send her latest composition as an MP3 file to users who have completed her website survey built with Google Forms.An author can email a preview copy of her upcoming book in PDF to fans who have subscribed to her newsletter.An online store may send their cat...
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Why on Earth Is Someone Stealing Unpublished Book Manuscripts?

A phishing scam with unclear motive or payoff is targeting authors, agents and editors big and small, baffling the publishing industry. From a report: Earlier this month, the book industry website Publishers Marketplace announced that Little, Brown would be publishing "Re-Entry," a novel by James Hannaham about a transgender woman paroled from a men's prison. The book would be edited by Ben George. Two days later, Mr. Hannaham got an email from Mr. George, asking him to send the latest draft of ...
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Warner Bros. Believes that Theaters Will Still Exist in 2023

Warner Bros. ruffled some feathers when it announced it would release all of its new 2021 movies simultaneously on HBO Max, but the company seems to be betting that theaters won't become an apocalyptic wasteland. From a report: Variety reports that the company plans to release Furiosa, the prequel to Max Max: Fury Road, and The Color Purple first in theaters in 2023. Warner's plan to launch next year's films online is a great thing for consumers who would rather stay at home than risk contractin...
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What is photorealistic rendering? How can it help in project investment?

The digital transformation had already come into every aspect of our lives. A lot of things can now be done with the use of cutting-edge technologies. Building and construction, interior design, real estate, and other property-related industries are not an exclusion.  Today, we will discuss photorealistic rendering. This technology is beneficial not only for engineers, builders, and architects but also for retailers, manufacturers, and many others. Rendering makes the company’s job simpler be...
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LA city’s earthquake warning app is being shelved, a year after state launched its own, MyShake

Los Angeles’s early earthquake warning app is being retired at the end of the year, two years after it was first launched, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced this week. The app, ShakeAlertLA, will stop operating after Dec. 31, Garcetti said. Other apps are still available, with the mayor recommending one unveiled by the state last October, called MyShake, that can be downloaded from the Apple and Google Play stores. The statewide app was developed by seismologists at the University of California, Ber...
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MacBook Touch Bar: The special touchscreens built into MacBook Pro models, explained

The Touch Bar is only available on the high-end MacBook Pro models. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider The MacBook Touch Bar is a thin touchscreen above the number keys on MacBook Pro keyboards that offers versatile functionality. To use a Mac's Touch Bar and its library of digital icons, you can tap, swipe, and slide along the bar.  Some Touch Bar buttons change depending on the app you're using, while others remain constant. You can open your Mac's System Preferences menu to change some of ...
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Google's Search Engine Is Squashing Local News, Study Says

When we ask who should take the rap for the decline of local news, most folks agree the blame partially lies on Google’s shoulders. The tech giant has spent the past decade systematically swallowing a larger and larger chunk of the digital ad market, diverting the dollars that outlets—particularly smaller…Read more...
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Zoom is considering expanding to email, messaging, calendar to compete with productivity platforms giants like Google and Microsoft, according to new report

Carlo Allegri/AP Zoom's video-conferencing service experienced explosive growth in 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools, offices, and social events to go virtual. Now, the company is considering expanding its offerings into email, calendars, and messaging services, The Information reported Wednesday. Pursuing services beyond video could help Zoom court corporate customers. But the company faces stiff competition from established platforms like Microsoft and Google in workplaces. ...
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NYC is Paying $2 Million For Anti-Plagiarism Software After Firing Teachers

An anonymous reader shares a report: Earlier this month, more than 1,000 educators and students at City University of New York institutions petitioned their board of trustees to not renew its contract with the anti-plagiarism software company Turnitin. The board ultimately voted unanimously, with the student senate representative abstaining, to renew Turnitin's five-year contract for nearly $2 million. Five months earlier, CUNY had laid off nearly 3,000 adjunct faculty and part-time employees as...
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GoDaddy Employees Were Told They Were Getting a Holiday Bonus. It Was Actually a Phishing Test.

An anonymous reader shares a report (alternative source: "2020 has been a record year for GoDaddy, thanks to you!" the email read. Sent by [email protected], tucked underneath a glittering banner of a snowflake and stamped with the words "GoDaddy Holiday Party," the Dec. 14 email to hundreds of GoDaddy employees promised some welcome financial relief during an otherwise stressful year. "Though we cannot celebrate together during our annual Holiday Party, we want to show our appreciation a...
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Not even 5G could rescue smartphone sales in 2020

This was going to be the year of 5G. It was going to be the year the next-generation wireless technology helped reverse some troubling macro trends for the industry — or at the very least helped stem the bleeding some. But the best laid plans, and all that. With about a week left in the year, I think it’s pretty safe to say that 2020 didn’t wind up the way the vast majority of us had hoped. It’s a list that certainly includes the lion’s share of smartphone makers. Look no further than a recent r...
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Turns out iOS 14 hasn’t changed the way I set up my iPhone’s home screens

Apple introduced new widgets with iOS 14, and along with ways to change the look of app icons, your iPhone's screen can be redesigned. But is it worth it?
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Volkswagen CEO Says Apple Can Mount Major Challenge With Auto Push

Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Officer Herbert Diess said cash-rich technology giants invading the auto industry pose a much bigger challenge for the German manufacturer than traditional rivals like Toyota Motor. From a report: "We look forward to new competitors who will certainly accelerate the change in our industry and bring in new skills," Diess said in a LinkedIn post when asked about reports that Apple is developing a self-driving car. "The unbelievable valuation and the practically unlimi...
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Dozens Sue Amazon's Ring After Camera Hack Leads To Threats and Racial Slurs

Dozens of people who say they were subjected to death threats, racial slurs, and blackmail after their in-home Ring smart cameras were hacked are suing the company over "horrific" invasions of privacy. From a report: A new class action lawsuit, which combines a number of cases filed in recent years, alleges that lax security measures at Ring, which is owned by Amazon, allowed hackers to take over their devices. Ring provides home security in the form of smart cameras that are often installed on ...
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Elon Musk says SpaceX to double launch pad usage for Starship tests, Super Heavy flights coming in a ‘few months’

SpaceX is set to significantly ramp up its Starship development program in the new year, in more ways than one. SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk noted on Twitter on Thursday that the company will seek to make use of both of its two launch pads at its development facility in Boca Chica, Texas with prototype rockets set up on each, and that it will begin flight testing its Super Heavy booster (starting with low-altitude ‘hops’) in as few as “a few months” from now. Recently, SpaceX has set u...
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How to update your Mac

Is your Mac ready for an update? How do you know? Our guide will show you exactly how to check updates on your Mac computer and implement them effectively.
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Use Git data to optimize your developers’ annual reviews

Alex Circei Contributor Share on Twitter Alex Circei is CEO and co-founder of Waydev, a Git analytics tool that measures engineers' performance automatically. More posts by this contributor If you care about remote employees, start tracking their performance The end of the year is looming and with it one of your most important tasks as a manager. Summarizing the performance of 10, 20 or 50 developers ...
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Nearly a dozen major tech firms can trace their roots to PayPal. From Palantir to Tesla, here are the companies launched by members of the 'PayPal Mafia.'

Peter Thiel, left, and Elon Musk. Associated Press Early employees of payments company PayPal went on to create nearly a dozen major tech startups after leaving the company. The PayPal Mafia, as its early employees came to be known, were directly responsible for Tesla, SpaceX, LinkedIn, Yelp, and more.  The latest company with PayPal roots to make a major splash is Palantir, the big data company that went public on the New York Stock Exchange in October.  Visit Business Insider's homepage ...
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