New iPad Air Rumored to Launch This Spring With A15 Chip, 5G, Center Stage Camera, and More

Apple is planning to release a fifth-generation iPad Air with similar features as the sixth-generation iPad mini, including an A15 Bionic chip, 12-megapixel Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage support, 5G for cellular models, and Quad-LED True Tone flash, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara. Citing reliables sources in China, the report claims that the new iPad Air could be announced alongside the third-generation iPhone SE in spring 2022. The new iPad Air will have the same overall...
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The World Was Cooler In 2021 Than 2020. That's Not Good News.

2021 was actually cooler than 2020, points out Wired science journalist Matt Simon. So is that good news? No. One reason for cooler temperatures in 2021 was likely La Niña, a band of cold water in the Pacific. It's the product of strong trade winds that scour the ocean, pushing the top layer of water toward Asia, causing deeper, colder waters to rush to the surface to fill the void. This in turn influences the atmosphere, for instance changing the jet stream above the United States and leading...
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Apple Adding Last MacBook Pro With CD Drive to Vintage Products List

Apple will be adding the Mid 2012 model of the 13-inch MacBook Pro to its vintage products list on January 31, according to an internal memo obtained by MacRumors. Released in June 2012, this 13-inch MacBook Pro model was the last Mac with a built-in CD/DVD drive sold by Apple. It remained for sale until October 2016 as a lower-priced option alongside the thinner 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display. Apple considers a device vintage once more than five years have passed since it stopped...
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First Pixel Fold price leak brings good news

Google's first foldable device will reportedly be called the Pixel Notepad and it may cost less than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. #priceleak
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Are We Getting Closer to the Year of the Linux Desktop?

Earlier this year TechRepublic argued that while 2021 wasn't the year of the Linux desktop, "there was no denying the continued dominance of Linux in the enterprise space and the very slow (and subtle) growth of Linux on the desktop. And in just about every space (minus the smartphone arena), Linux made some serious gains." So would 2022 be the year of the Linux desktop? "Probably not." But developer Tim Wells honestly believes we're getting closer: The idea of the year of the Linux deskt...
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Six Rumored Apple Products You're Unlikely to See This Year

Much has been said about what consumers could see from Apple in 2022, but the company is also working on a handful of rumored products that aren't expected to be unveiled for at least another 12 months, and in some cases a lot longer. Of course, that's assuming they get released at all. Apple works on many potential products some of which ultimately never see the light of day. With that in mind, this article summarizes what we believe Apple has in long-term development, and when these produc...
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To Study Navigation, Researchers Taught Six Goldfish How to Drive

Long-time Slashdot reader cusco shares a fish story from the Guardian. Apparently Israeli researchers created a robotic car and taught six fish to navigate it on land... First, the team, led by Prof Ronen Segev, created a watery tank on wheels that moved in response to the movements and orientation of the fish. Then they set about teaching the goldfish (Carassius auratus) how to drive it — much like humans learn to ride a bike or drive a car. The fish first had to connect their own swimming...
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GitHub Restores Account of Developer Who Intentionally Corrupted His Libraries

What happened after a developer intentionally corrupted two of their libraries which collectively had more than 20 million weekly downloads and thousands of dependent projects? Mike Melanson's "This Week in Programming" column reports: In response to the corrupted libraries, Microsoft quickly suspended his GitHub access and reverted the projects on npm.... While this might seem like an open and shut case to some — the developer committed malicious code and GitHub and npm did what it had to do...
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$1.7 Billion in Student Loan Debt Cancelled for 66,000 Borrowers

Quartz reports: For years, the student loan servicing company Navient allegedly encouraged student loan borrowers to enter costly long-term forbearance programs that pushed them further into debt, as well as take on private loans they couldn't pay back, according to lawsuits filed by several states, and joined by 39 attorneys general. Those claims were resolved through a settlement announced Thursday (January 13) affecting some 400,000 borrowers. Navient says it will cancel $1.7 billion in pr...
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After Gates Allegations, Microsoft Opens a Review of Its Sexual Harassment Policies

Microsoft announced a review of its sexual harassment and gender discrimination policies "after shareholders raised alarms about how Microsoft and Bill Gates, one of its founders, had treated employees, especially women," reports the New York Times: Shareholders passed a resolution during the company's 2021 annual meeting to review the policies Microsoft has in place for its employees to protect them against abuse and unwanted sexual advances. The resolution passed with support from almost 78 pe...
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Giant Lasers Simulate Exoplanet Cores, Prove They're More Likely to Have Life

Slashdot reader vikingo9 writes, "By smashing a piece of iron to insanely high pressures, using a laser the size of a football stadium, a team of scientists led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have discovered that exoplanets 4-6 times larger than Earth have an increase chance of harboring biological life." The thinking goes that a molten core "is probably required for life to develop on a planet," Popular Science points out — and this experiment suggests that molten cores of larger r...
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The Arc Pulse is a barely there case for your iPhone 13

The Arc Pulse Case is just two tiny metal pieces that protect your iPhone 13 from falls without getting in the way.
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California Judge Rules Google's Confidentiality Agreements Break the State's Labor Laws

"A California judge ruled this week that the confidentiality agreements Google requires its employees to sign are too broad and break the state's labor laws," reports the Washington Post, calling it "a decision that could make it easier for workers at famously secret Big Tech firms to speak openly about their companies." A Google employee identified as John Doe argued that the broad nondisclosure agreement the company asked him to sign barred him from speaking about his job to other potential e...
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Google might set its Pixel foldable apart from Samsung's Galaxy Z-series with a fresh name

Google's supposed foldable device, the Pixel Fold has been in the rumor mill for some time now, but we're just starting to see more specific information which might indicate that the device is... #rumormill #animations
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5 Android apps you shouldn't miss this week - Android Apps Weekly

The 415th Android Apps Weekly is out. This week we look at potential Android 13 features, Google attacking iMessage, and more apps news. #androidappsweekly #android13 #imessage
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Apple will now require employees to submit proof of COVID-19 booster shot

Unvaccinated employees will need negative COVID-19 tests before entering the workplace #boostershot
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Ten ways to take control of your smartphone

Overwhelmed by messages, notifications and distractions? You can reclaim your focus without a full digital detoxAre you in control of your smartphone or is it in control of you? Sometimes it is difficult to tell. One minute you might be using FaceTime to chat with loved ones or talking about your favourite TV show on Twitter. Next, you’re stuck in a TikTok “scroll hole” or tapping your 29th email notification of the day and no longer able to focus on anything else.We often feel like we can’t pul...
Tags: Apps, Technology, Social Media, Smartphones, Mental Health, Mobile Phones, Digital Media, Silicon Valley, Facetime, Observer, Becca Caddy

Zuckerberg and Pichai Allegedly Signed Off On Illegal Facebook-Google Ad Deal

BuzzFeed News reports: Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally signed off on a secret advertising deal that allegedly gave Facebook special privileges on Google's ad platform, according to newly unredacted court documents filed on Friday. The allegation is from a complaint first filed in December 2020 by Texas and several other states against Google for engaging in "false, deceptive, or misleading acts" while operating its buy-and-sell auction system for digital a...
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Despite Cannabinoids Study, 'Odds Aren't Fantastic' It Will Ever Treat Covid

While a recent study found that cannabinoids protected cells in a petri dish from SARS-CoV-2 infection, "working in a petri dish is a relatively low bar for a drug to clear," Slate points out. "The conventional wisdom in pharmaceutical sciences holds that, of every 10,000 drugs that shows potential effectiveness, only one will make it to market." Dish experiments need to be followed up with animal studies, and then comes the rigorous gauntlet of human trials. And between cells and humans, the...
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Japan’s 3D Advertisements Continue to Impress & Astound

Another stunning 3D advertisement has surfaced in Shinjuku as this time it stars a cat and uses two screens interacting with each other to give off an even greater sense of 3D, bound to induce jealousy in Westerners and have them wondering when their cities will receive such technology. The cute cat goes back and […]
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‘Exploring fitness’ won’t get Google TV anywhere near Apple Fitness+

Google has to do more than just "explore fitness" if it wants to get Google TV anywhere close to the exercise experience of Apple Fitness+.
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Trends, Home Theater, Fitbit, Google Fit, Apple Fitness, Apple Fitness Plus, Google Wear

Top Stories: iPhone 14 Pro Rumors, iCloud Private Relay Controversy, iOS 15.2.1 Released, and More

Hole-punch? Pill? Hole-punch and pill? Rumors about what the front camera system on the iPhone 14 Pro will look like are evolving rapidly, and it now appears we might be getting a novel but potentially controversial design later this year. Other major stories this week included some confusion and controversy about iCloud Private Relay being disabled for some T-Mobile customers, increasing calls for Apple to support the new RCS text messaging standard, a new iOS 15.2.1 update with several bug ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Featured, Bloomberg, Top Stories, Young, T Mobile, Android Google, RCS, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Ross Young, MacRumors Newsletter Each, Ian Zelbo

10 Ways to Adjust Your Current Marketing Strategies for Today’s Consumers

Lots of businesses use techniques like SEO and social media marketing. But they don’t all use them in the same way. In fact, you may sometimes need to adjust how you use these platforms and concepts to effectively communicate with today’s consumers. Here are tips from members of the online small business community for making these adjustments. Use SEO Techniques to Improve Your Writing SEO isn’t just about bringing new visitors to your site. The techniques can also help you get directly to th...
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New Study of 1980s Mars Meteorite Debunks Proof of Ancient Life On Planet

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A four billion-year-old meteorite from Mars that caused a splash here on Earth decades ago contains no evidence of ancient, primitive Martian life after all, scientists have said. In 1996, a NASA-led team announced that organic compounds in the rock appeared to have been left by living creatures. Other scientists were skeptical and researchers chipped away at that premise over the decades, most recently by a team led by the Carnegie Institut...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Earth, Antarctica, Mars, Houston, Carnegie Institution For Science, Steele, Johnson Space Center, Andrew Steele, Kathie Thomas Keprta, Simon Clemett

Factory Worker Nearly Avoids Death by China Quality Elevator

China’s technological expertise has been put on display yet again as an unsuspecting factory worker nearly avoided disaster after stepping off an elevator which plummeted downward a mere moment after. Camera footage captured the terrifying moment as it happened, the man thankfully managing to step out of the Chinese death trap just in time: The […]
Tags: Technology, China, Accidents, International, Anime, Buildings, Zhejiang, Made In China

North Korean hackers said to have stolen nearly $400 million in cryptocurrency last year

North Korean hackers stole nearly $400 million worth of cryptocurrency in 2021, making it one of the most profitable years yet for cybercriminals in the severely isolated country, according to a new report.  Hackers launched at least seven different attacks last year, mostly targeting corporate investments and centralized exchanges with a variety of tactics including phishing, malware and social engineering, according to a report by Chainalysis, a company that tracks cryptocurrencies...
Tags: North Korea, International, Tech, United States, Kim Jong Un, Crypto, Un, Hacker, Sony Pictures, US Department of Justice, Carlsen, Chainalysis, Lazarus Group, TRM Labs, Nick Carlsen

Pine64 offers a more premium mobile Linux experience with PinePhone Pro

With a few notable exceptions, if you're looking for a new smartphone today you're pretty much limited to operating systems powered by Google or Apple. The PinePhone Pro flagship from Pine64 is a very different proposition, running Linux instead of Android or iOS.
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Get Lifetime Access to Cybersecurity Certification Prep Courses

You can't go far in professional IT without being asked for some key certifications. In particular, most large companies today require new hires to be well versed in the fundamentals of cybersecurity. Adding the likes of CISSP, CISM, and CompTIA CASP+ to your résumé can open the door to many opportunities — including six-figure roles. There is just a small matter of some exams to pass. To help [Author: [email protected] (The Hacker News)]
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Nvidia's AI-Powered Scaling Makes Old Games Look Better Without a Huge Performance Hit

Nvidia's latest game-ready driver includes a tool that could let you improve the image quality of games that your graphics card can easily run, alongside optimizations for the new God of War PC port. The Verge reports: The tech is called Deep Learning Dynamic Super Resolution, or DLDSR, and Nvidia says you can use it to make "most games" look sharper by running them at a higher resolution than your monitor natively supports. DLDSR builds on Nvidia's Dynamic Super Resolution tech, which has been ...
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Google represents ongoing threat to online travel agencies, says GlobalData

COVID-19 had a serious impact on online travel agencies (OTAs), according to GlobalData, which notes that the OTA market value decreased by a gruesome 60.4% year-on-year (YoY) in 2020. The leading data and analytics company reveals that this strain has amplified OTA’s existing concerns around the growing presence of Google in the market, and how the tech giant’s control could impact competitivity and, therefore, consumer choice.
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