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Half Life Alyx Hits PC VR Headsets In March 2020

Slashdot - November 22, 2019 - 4:15pm
Categories: Geek, Opinion

Windows 10: Microsoft unmasks the mysterious 'G' app that stops you shutting down

ZDnet Blogs - November 22, 2019 - 3:54pm
Don't worry about that strange 'G' app that's preventing you from shutting down Windows 10, explains Microsoft.
Categories: Opinion

Google is killing Google Cloud Print

Ars Technica - November 22, 2019 - 3:27pm

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It's almost December, but Google's 2019 product bloodbath isn't done yet! The latest product to receive a death sentence this year is Google Cloud Print, an excellent printer-to-cloud bridge service that launched in beta in 2010. According to a new Google support page and emails sent out to GSuite Admins, Cloud Print will die December 31, 2020, at which point it will no longer be supported, and "devices across all operating systems will no longer be able to print using Google Cloud Print."

Google kills product

View more stories Cloud Print is—well, was—pretty cool. Printers are some of the dumbest, most archaic "tech" devices on Earth, but Cloud Print was the missing link, allowing your dumb printer to work with more modern devices. You could print from Chrome and Chrome OS, or print from a phone, or even print remotely over the Internet. The idea was that the Cloud Print server was built into every copy of the Chrome browser, and your printer probably connected to a computer running Chrome at some point, either over a local network or USB cable. Once your printer hit a computer running Chrome and you registered it to your Google account, Google took care of the rest. The printer was accessible from pretty much anywhere via your Google account, as long as the local computer was turned on. Chrome OS and Chrome on the desktop would automatically list Cloud Print printers alongside your local ones. Android supported cloud print throughout the operating system, and on iOS, Cloud Print was built into Gmail, Chrome, and the whole Google Docs suite.

Cloud Print was a huge success, as far as printing services go, and it even ended up being built-in to traditional printers. Google has a list of hundreds of cloud-ready printer models that connect directly to Google's service, no intermediate computer needed. So much for that.

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Scammers try a new way to steal online shoppers’ payment-card data

Ars Technica - November 22, 2019 - 3:00pm

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Thieves have devised a new way to steal payment-card data from online shoppers—or at least it's new to the researcher who found it. Rather than infecting a merchant's checkout page with malware that skims the information, the thieves trick users into thinking they've been redirected to an authorized third-party payment processor.

So-called payment-service platforms are common in the world of ecommerce, particularly for smaller sites that don't have the resources to harden their servers against sophisticated attacks. That includes the rash of hacks coming from so-called Magecart groups that target the Magento ecommerce Web platform. Rather than assuming the considerable risk of hacks that steal passwords, payment card details, or other sensitive data, sites can offload the payment card charges to experienced PSPs.

Jérôme Segura, head of threat intelligence at security provider Malwarebytes, said he recently found an attack that targets sites that use this type of arrangement. By infecting the merchant site and adding a line or two of code, the attackers redirect users to a fake PSP rather than the legitimate one, at the time of purchase. The ruse works similarly to a phishing attack. Graphics that mimic real services, custom-created domain names, and other sleights of hand trick end users into thinking they've landed on a genuine third-party processor.

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Google offers $1.5m 'prize' for spotting Pixel phone bugs

BBC Technology News - November 22, 2019 - 1:46pm
The top prize will be offered to researchers who compromise a security chip in Pixel phones.

How Modern Warfare smooths over the horrors of war

Ars Technica - November 22, 2019 - 1:30pm

Enlarge / Hadir, how old are you? (credit: Activision and Infinity Ward)

It's not that “We need that truck” and “Find a gun" are unusual orders to be given in a video game. Certainly not in a Call of Duty video game. The series has always impelled players forward with extended drills of Sergeant Simon Says (“Man that mortar!” “Plant those charges!” “Take out that sniper!”). So normally, I would hop to it reflexively. I’ve called in airstrikes and breached into rooms of uncounted hostiles just because some grizzled green beret barked at me. It’s not that.

What strikes me when playing the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is that the directives are coming from someone who’s 10 years old, tops. He’s telling his sister (no older) to go kill a couple Russian soldiers and steal their truck.

I’m already familiar with these two as adults in the present, where they’re Hadir and Farah, ultracompetent freedom fighters for the nation of Urzikstan. But this is a flashback to what I’m to understand is their first brush with war, when occupying Russian forces gas their village and kill their father.

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Rocket Report: Corruption abounds in Vostochny, China winning launch race

Ars Technica - November 22, 2019 - 1:00pm

Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (credit: SpaceX)

Welcome to Edition 2.23 of the Rocket Report! Thank you for your patience last week, and we're now back to business as usual. There's a lot of news to catch up on, including the brave new world in which China now will apparently lead the globe in annual launches on a regular basis.

As always, we welcome reader submissions, and if you don't want to miss an issue, please subscribe using the box below (the form will not appear on AMP-enabled versions of the site). Each report will include information on small-, medium-, and heavy-lift rockets as well as a quick look ahead at the next three launches on the calendar.

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Staffsource: Ars staffers’ most wished-for gifts in 2019

Ars Technica - November 22, 2019 - 12:45pm

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Now is the time of year when most of us are asked by loved ones, "What do you want for X holiday?" Just to add to the anxiety of our staffers, we decided to ask them that question as well—what are the things Ars staffers would most like to receive this holiday season?

We were curious not what staffers might expect to receive this season, but instead what they'd be most giddy to unwrap. We knew that doing so would get us a lot of interesting answers, and our staffers didn't disappoint. Responses ran the gamut of tangible and intangible desirables, some of which are truly shoot-for-the-stars gifts and at least one that doesn't cost any money at all. We wanted to share a sampling of the cool things we've had our eyes on as of late, regardless of if they show up on our doorsteps this year or not. Feel free to add what you'd like most this holiday season in the story comments as well.

Note: Ars Technica may earn compensation for sales from links on this post through affiliate programs.

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Elon Musk reveals Tesla's electric Cybertruck and smashes its windows

ZDnet Blogs - November 22, 2019 - 12:21pm
The new futuristic Tesla Cybertruck pickup will be available from $39,900 with a 250-mile range.
Categories: Opinion

Tesla Cybertruck: Elon Musk's new vehicle smashed during demo

BBC Technology News - November 22, 2019 - 9:03am
Elon Musk had an embarrassing moment as he showed off the new Tesla 'Cybertruck'.

Chaayos cafe: Indian cafe's facial recognition use sparks anger

BBC Technology News - November 22, 2019 - 6:38am
Experts are worried about private companies using the technology in the absence of privacy laws.

Tesla wants to reinvent the pickup with the $39,900 Cybertruck

Ars Technica - November 22, 2019 - 5:59am

On Thursday night, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed his company's take on that most quintessentially American of automobiles, the pickup truck. "Trucks have been basically the same for 100 years. We want to do something different," Musk told a rapturous audience. He wasn't underselling things. Tesla's design is called the Cybertruck, and it looks like a cross between the Aston Martin Bulldog—a wedge-shaped concept from the early 1980s—and that cool APC you remember from Aliens.

"We moved the mass to the outside," Musk said, referring to the fact that the Cybertruck has a stainless steel monocoque construction, like the Model 3. Criticizing the body-on-frame construction technique used for most heavy trucks on sale today, Musk told attendees that "the body and the bed don't do anything useful," before launching into a lengthy demonstration of people hitting or shooting body panels and glass from the Cybertruck to prove the toughness of the exterior.

The shape is highly unconventional, but the size could have been picked by a focus group—almost exactly as wide and tall as a Ford F-150 and about as long as some four-seat versions of America's favorite pickup. At the rear, the 6.5-foot (2m) bed—called the Cybertruck Vault here—has a lockable aerodynamic cover that gives the vehicle 100 cubic feet (2,831L) of protected cargo storage. The Vault will also support loads of up to 3,500lbs (1,588kg).

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