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Updated: 2021-04-23 11:29

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2021-04-23 11:13 | BBC
DNA-based robots designed rapidly and other tech news

LJ Rich looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.

2021-04-23 11:10 | BBC
Lobbying row: Are we heading for 'government by WhatsApp'?

Critics say messaging among ministers desperately needs regulation - but not everyone agrees.

2021-04-23 11:00 | Arstechnica
Rocket Report: Amazon bypasses New Glenn, SLS ready for Florida shipment

"It’s extremely exciting to join with our partners to deploy new capabilities."

2021-04-23 10:45 | Arstechnica
Graphical Linux apps are coming to Windows Subsystem for Linux

You'll need to be on the Dev channel of an Insider build to see the new feature.

2021-04-23 10:29 | Engadget
SpaceX successfully launches four astronauts into orbit for ISS rendezvous

SpaceX has successfully launched four astronauts into orbit en route to the International Space Station (ISS) and stuck the landing with the Falcon 9's first stage booster.

2021-04-23 10:21 | Cnet
SpaceX launches four astronauts in Crew-2 mission - CNET

The Falcon 9 rocket is bringing the company's third crewed launch to the International Space Station

2021-04-23 10:14 | Hackernews
Court clears 39 Post Office staff convicted due to ‘corrupt data’

2021-04-23 10:00 | Arstechnica
Astronauts safely launch into orbit on a used rocket [Updated]

For a few days there will be two Crew Dragons docked to the space station.

2021-04-23 09:55 | Engadget
Apple's 256GB MacBook Air M1 is down to an all-time low at Amazon

Apple's MacBook Air M1 is down to an all-time low price on Amazon for both the silver and space grey models with 256GB storage.

2021-04-23 09:30 | Cnet
Apple AirTags hands-on: These $29 trackers are small and impressive - CNET

Apple's newest product is a tracker called an AirTag. You attach it to an item and can keep track of it with your iPhone's Find My app.

2021-04-23 09:20 | Engadget
Sennheiser's Ambeo soundbar now supports Sony 360 Reality Audio

Sennheiser has rolled out a firmware update for the Ambeo soundbar, which brings Sony's 360 Reality Audio support to the device.

2021-04-23 09:16 | Cnet
Falcon and Winter Soldier finale recap: Ending and post-credits scene explained - CNET

The true Captain America successor takes flight in the sixth episode of Marvel Disney Plus show. Stick around after the credits.

2021-04-23 09:14 | ZDNET
Ransomware's perfect target: Why one industry needs to improve cybersecurity, before it's too late

Dependencies on just-in-time supply chains and sometimes out-of-date technology makes shipping and logistics an ever-more tempting target for cyber criminals.

2021-04-23 09:00 | Cnet
iPhone 12 in purple hands-on: Should you buy it or wait for iPhone 13? - CNET

The iPhone 12 and 12 Mini are ready for spring. But you'll need to decide whether to open your wallet now or sit tight.

2021-04-23 09:00 | Gizmodo
CEO of Turkish Crypto Platform Flees Country as Users Say They're Locked Out

Federal police in Turkey are investigating Thodex, a cryptocurrency trading platform that handles hundred of millions of dollars in trades every day, after users complained they’d been locked out of their accounts, according to new reports from Reuters and ...

2021-04-23 08:56 | ZDNET
ToxicEye: Trojan abuses Telegram platform to steal your data

The RAT is using bots to propagate across Telegram channels.

2021-04-23 08:45 | Engadget
Watch SpaceX's first ISS astronaut launch with a reused Falcon rocket

SpaceX set for its second operational Crew Dragon mission (Crew-2) to launch four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) at 5:49 AM ET today.

2021-04-23 08:32 | ZDNET
How much CO2 are your Zoom meetings generating?

It's better than driving to a meeting, but could that meeting have been an email?

2021-04-23 08:17 | Hackernews
'World’s most powerful' tidal turbine sets sail from Dundee

2021-04-23 07:50 | Cnet
Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4: The full list of release dates - CNET

Now that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is over, when does Loki hit Disney Plus (and fill the void)?

2021-04-23 07:42 | Hackernews
Apple Is Sued for Telling You That You're “Buying” Movies

2021-04-23 07:00 | Cnet
OnePlus Watch review: It would be hard to recommend this smartwatch, honestly - CNET

The $159 smartwatch checks plenty of boxes when it comes to looks, battery life and features, but its health metrics are unreliable and it often loses connection with the mobile app.

2021-04-23 06:47 | ZDNET
Subscriptions, SaaS bookings surge in Software AG Q1 2021

Software AG says interest in the firm's digital business will drive "sustainable, profitable growth."

2021-04-23 06:02 | Cnet
Star Wars: The Bad Batch release dates -- When does episode 1 hit Disney Plus? - CNET

Hint: It arrives on a certain day in May.

2021-04-23 06:01 | Cnet
Mortal Kombat review: Glorious action and fatalities, but shallow characters - CNET

The movie reboot will satisfy fans looking for gory cinematic battles, not those hoping for a deep dive into the game series' rich history.

2021-04-23 06:00 | Cnet
Sony Xperia 1 III is the first smartphone ever with this kind of screen - CNET

The Sony Xperia 1 III and 5 III were announced in a virtual event and continue Sony's focused appeal toward creative types, photographers and audiophiles.

2021-04-23 05:56 | Hackernews
Beej’s Guide to C Programming [pdf]

2021-04-23 05:30 | ZDNET
King Island connectivity upgrade to include 110km radio link across Bass Strait

Telstra mobile network to get boost from AU$9.8 million project to provide six-fold upgrade to King Island connectivity.

2021-04-23 05:19 | Cnet
Loki release dates: When does episode 1 hit Disney Plus? - CNET

Tom Hiddleston is back as the god of mischief. But just how soon will he fill The Falcon and the Winter Soldier void?

2021-04-23 05:00 | Guardian
The social networks ‘designed to tear us apart’ – podcasts of the week

Sudhir Breaks the Internet considers the ethical and practical dilemmas underpinning our online lives. Plus: Slow Burn returns, considering the events and aftermath of the Iraq war Sudhir Breaks the InternetSudhir Venkatesh boasts an impressive CV, having ...

2021-04-23 04:28 | Hackernews
Police search cryptocurrency trading firm after Turks say they were scammed

2021-04-23 04:24 | Hackernews
The Boyer-Moore Fast String Searching Algorithm

2021-04-23 04:15 | Gizmodo
Tesla's Autopilot System Is 'Easily' Tricked Into Operating Without Anyone at the Wheel

Consumer Reports said Thursday its researchers “easily” tricked a Tesla’s Autopilot system into driving without anyone at the wheel. The publication’s worrying demonstration comes as officials continue to investigate a fatal crash in Texas involving a ...

2021-04-23 04:07 | ZDNET
Twitter accidentally spams users asking them to confirm accounts

Surprised users learn it wasn't a scam, but a mistake on Twitter's behalf.

2021-04-23 04:06 | Engadget
CD Projekt Red made hundreds of millions on 'Cyberpunk 2077' despite the refunds

CD Projekt Red posted record-breaking revenue and sales numbers for the 2020 fiscal year, thanks to Cyberpunk 2077 — and despite the game's problematic release.

2021-04-23 03:35 | Cnet
UFC 261 Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal: Start time, how to watch, stare downs and full fight card - CNET

UFC 261 is a stacked card from top to bottom.

2021-04-23 03:34 | Hackernews
Some useful regular expressions for programmers

2021-04-23 03:03 | Hackernews
Why Lichess will always be free

2021-04-23 03:02 | Cnet
15 of the best TV shows to binge-watch on Disney Plus - CNET

Looking for more great shows like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier? Let's round up Disney's best gems.

2021-04-23 02:46 | Cnet
Falcon and the Winter Soldier release dates: When does episode 6 hit Disney Plus? - CNET

Disney Plus' next big Marvel show after WandaVision is nearing the finish line.

2021-04-23 02:15 | ZDNET
WA government launches online remote sensing tool for pastoral management

Farmers and graziers in Western Australia now have an online resource that can help them determine how to best manage their land.

2021-04-23 01:54 | Cnet
Oscars 2021: Start time, nominations and how to watch online - CNET

Everything you need to know to tune into the big awards show.

2021-04-23 01:45 | Hackernews
Apple’s M1 Positioning Mocks the Entire x86 Business Model

2021-04-23 01:31 | Cnet
Dear Netflix and YouTube, everything is too long - CNET

Commentary: Movies, video games, TV shows. Everything is just too damn long.

2021-04-23 01:22 | Gizmodo
UK Court Agrees to Hear Copyright Lawsuit Brought by Self-Proclaimed Bitcoin Inventor

Many people have claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the anonymous creator or creators behind the digital cryptocurrency bitcoin, over the years. Now London’s High Court has agreed to hear out one of the most vocal (and disputed) claimants to the pseudonym in a ...

2021-04-23 01:20 | ZDNET
Tech giants and cops at least agree thwarting terrorist or extremist activity is a joint effort

Social media platforms say they want to work with law enforcement and policymakers to stop their platforms from being used to promote extremist movements and radicalism in Australia.

2021-04-23 01:16 | BBC
Tesla's Autopilot 'tricked' to operate without driver

A Model Y made multiple trips on a test track without a human in the driver's seat, engineers found.

2021-04-23 01:11 | Cnet
Facebook wants your help to improve the News Feed - CNET

People have expressed a desire to see less political and more uplifting content.

2021-04-23 00:53 | Gizmodo
Look, Apple Isn't Going to Put macOS on the iPad

After Apple announced this week that both its new iMac and iPad Pro lineup were getting its stellar M1 processor, a lot of people speculated if that meant the company was getting ready to put macOS on the iPad. And look, maybe that would be a great thing—a ...

2021-04-23 00:51 | ZDNET
Services Australia to develop all-in-one enterprise architecture management system

Services Australia has issued a request for tender to establish a single repository for the agency's services, associated technologies, applications, and roadmaps.

2021-04-23 00:38 | BBC
Major mobile operators outshone by smaller rivals

GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Sky Mobile score highest on the Which? annual customer survey.

2021-04-23 00:37 | Cnet
Oscars 2021 predictions: Nomadland, Chloé Zhao, Chadwick Boseman - CNET

It's been a weird year, but the Oscars are filled with great movies like Nomadland, Borat, Minari and Promising Young Woman, facing off April 25.

2021-04-23 00:30 | Gizmodo
The Fantastical First 10 Minutes of Netflix's Shadow and Bone Are Here

The much-anticipated series adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone arrives tomorrow—which is really only a few hours away at this point—but superfans can get a sneak peek at the first 10 minutes right now. Netflix just streamed a cast event that ...

2021-04-23 00:06 | Cnet
23 best films on Amazon Prime Video - CNET

Don't know what to watch on Amazon tonight? Let's round up some of its best gems.

2021-04-23 00:06 | Cnet
22 best TV series on Amazon Prime Video - CNET

Looking for a great show to watch tonight? Let's round up Amazon's best gems.

2021-04-23 00:00 | Gizmodo
In Sci-Fi Short Muse, an Android Finds Good Reason to Rebel

Kay (Taj Atwal) may be an android, but her moral compass proves stronger than the increasingly unstable artist (Paul Ready) who claims she’s his muse—even though his eerie paintings hint at something far darker lurking behind his methods. That’s the ...

2021-04-22 23:56 | Cnet
The 40 best movies to stream on Netflix - CNET

Not sure what to watch tonight? Here are some of the best movies Netflix has to offer.

2021-04-22 23:55 | Cnet
The 57 best TV shows to stream on Netflix - CNET

Searching for a great show to watch? Here are some of the best Netflix has to offer.

2021-04-22 23:55 | Cnet
14 best TV shows to watch on HBO Max - CNET

HBO Max has come up with some gems of original content.

2021-04-22 23:54 | Cnet
8 best films to watch on HBO Max - CNET

What to watch along with (or instead of) The Snyder Cut.

2021-04-22 23:54 | Cnet
US Department of Transportation names its first chief scientist since 1980 - Roadshow

The position will see Robert C. Hampshire, Ph.D. advising Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

2021-04-22 23:52 | Cnet
Jeff Kaplan left Blizzard, but he wants fans to 'take care of the Overwatch team' - CNET

Overwatch's former lead tells fans that the team is full of "wonderful, caring, brilliant people and they need you right now."

2021-04-22 23:44 | Hackernews
The Rise of North Korea's Hacking Army

2021-04-22 23:44 | ZDNET
Telstra and TPG spend hundreds of millions on mmWave spectrum

Telstra will pay AU$277 million for 1000MHz of 26GHz spectrum, while TPG will fork out over AU$108 million.

2021-04-22 23:40 | Venturebeat
The challenges of applied machine learning

The book Real World AI: A Practical Guide for Responsible Machine Learning explores the challenges of applied machine learning.

2021-04-22 23:20 | Venturebeat
Intel signals aggressive market share push in wake of improved Q1

Intel posted better than expected revenues for Q1 and promised to get more aggressive in terms of gaining market share for new processors.

2021-04-22 23:12 | BBC
Shopping in 10 minutes: The new supermarket battleground

A raft of app-based delivery systems now promise to bring you your groceries almost instantly.

2021-04-22 23:10 | Arstechnica
COVID-19 vaccinations declining even though all US adults are eligible

With 50% of adults vaccinated, health officials begin tackling vaccine skeptics.

2021-04-22 23:00 | Arstechnica
Mortal Kombat film review: Why you should watch on HBO Max, not in theaters

Brutally brilliant battles, buried by banal banter.

2021-04-22 23:00 | Gizmodo
The Kids Are Not All Right in the Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Season 3 Trailer

Has anything ever gone right on Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous? Just when the kids think they’ve finally found a way off the island, a storm pulls them back toward the danger. Unable to leave, they’ll discover that Dr. Wu didn’t just make the Indominus ...

2021-04-22 23:00 | Guardian
Mortal Kombat review – schlock video game adaptation packs a small punch

A silly and dated new attempt to transport the classic fighting game to the big screen is a late-night drunk watch at bestConfiguring one’s expectations before settling down to watch the latest big (and small) screen adaptation of Mortal Kombat is something ...

2021-04-22 22:49 | Engadget
Snapchat now has more Android users than iOS

Snapchat continues to grow, thanks to an improved Android app and interest in its Spotlight feature.

2021-04-22 22:48 | Gizmodo
Ben Shapiro Finally Manages to Get Wood

Today in people exhibiting tremendous, just absolutely off-the-charts LDE: Imp-like right-wing pundit Ben Shapiro is asking fellow patriots to go to their local Home Depot and buy a board or something to show their support for voter suppression laws.

2021-04-22 22:40 | Venturebeat
Digital asset adoption is the next competitive advantage for growing organizations

Companies are buying cryptocurrency to gain competitive advantage, as a hedge against inflation and as an alternate payment method.

2021-04-22 22:39 | Arstechnica
This miniature version of Starry Night was made with a “laser paintbrush”

New tool creates color on metal surfaces that can be changed, erased, rewritten

2021-04-22 22:32 | Engadget
'Call of Duty: Warzone' season 3 update takes Verdansk to 1984

Season three of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone kicks off today.

2021-04-22 22:24 | Hackernews
Maxwell’s Demon Continues to Startle Scientists

2021-04-22 22:10 | Gizmodo
Researchers Take Down Botnet Pretending to Be Millions of People Watching TV

Fraudsters operate off the assumption that it’s way more profitable to think up byzantine ways to cheat people out of money than it is to just, like, work hard and ask for a promotion occasionally. For instance: an Israeli tech company is currently accused ...

2021-04-22 21:50 | Gizmodo
Chernobyl Survivors Didn't Pass on Harmful Mutations to Their Children, Study Finds

Two new papers out Thursday highlight the aftereffects of the Chernobyl nuclear accident that occurred over 30 years ago. One study might help explain why survivors are more likely to develop thyroid cancer, while another found evidence that these survivors ...

2021-04-22 21:40 | Gizmodo
Anonymous NatSec Officials: The Cuban Ray Guns Are in Syria Now, Just Trust Us on This

Here we go again with the anonymously sourced claims Russia is trying to fry the innards of U.S. government personnel abroad, using energy guns secretly manufactured using updated Soviet blueprints.

2021-04-22 21:30 | Gizmodo
The X-Men Are Losing Their Soul, and Nightcrawler Wants to Find It

Mutantkind has changed. No longer societal outcasts but a global, independent power of their own, the Dawn of X at Marvel Comics has seen the X-Men and other mutants rise as a new kind of society—but one among them is starting to wonder what the spiritual ...

2021-04-22 21:20 | Gizmodo
Don't Buy the Old Apple TV

Please do not buy an older Apple TV just for the marginal savings. Hear me out.

2021-04-22 21:20 | Venturebeat
Bank of England warns of potential risks from cloud data providers

The Bank of England is considering stronger controls on cloud providers and technology firms to manage possible third-party risks.

2021-04-22 21:18 | Engadget
Twitch is adding threaded replies to chat

In an effort to make all of that chaos more manageable, Twitch is introducing threaded conversations.

2021-04-22 21:15 | Hackernews
Simone Weil and the Need for Roots

2021-04-22 21:15 | Venturebeat
Hades wins Game of the year at Dice Awards

Supergiant Games scored a victory for indie games as its Hades won Game of the Year at the 24th annual Dice Awards today.

2021-04-22 21:11 | Arstechnica
Comcast offers tantalizing hint of a future with upload speeds above 35Mbps

Lab test produces 4Gbps upload speeds but actual uploads are still 3 to 35Mbps.

2021-04-22 21:10 | Gizmodo
Who on Earth Is Buying These Rugged Android Phones?

Caterpillar, the same folks behind forklifts and the other big machines you have to wear hardhats around, makes Android devices for a very particular set of users in the field. Their latest device, the Cat S42 H+, is fascinating, because you can run it under ...

2021-04-22 21:02 | Hackernews
Quandaries of Quinine

2021-04-22 21:01 | Hackernews
Must Love Bogs

2021-04-22 21:00 | Gizmodo
A New Haunted Mansion Movie Is Creeping Forward With Director Justin Simien

The possibility of a new movie based on Disney’s Haunted Mansion continues to rise from the grave. Last summer, Disney hired Katie Dippold to pen a script and now it’s in talks to bring director Justin Simien aboard the Doom Buggy.

2021-04-22 21:00 | Gizmodo
Greta to Congress: ‘End Fossil Fuel Subsidies Now’

Between releasing new climate commitments under the Paris Agreement and organizing an international Earth Day summit, it’s clear that President Joe Biden wants to reposition the U.S. as an international climate leader. At a hearing on Thursday, 17-year-old ...

2021-04-22 21:00 | Hackernews
BuildZoom (better way to build custom homes) is hiring remote engineers

2021-04-22 20:55 | Hackernews
GitHub Actions update: Helping maintainers combat bad actors

2021-04-22 20:53 | Engadget
Internal Facebook report finds the company bungled its 'Stop the Steal' response

Facebook missed several opportunities to crack down on the “Stop the Steal” movement that fueled the Jan. 6, insurrection at the U.S Capitol, according to an internal report obtained by BuzzFeed News.

2021-04-22 20:50 | Gizmodo
How to Watch the Launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 Mission to the ISS

Early Friday morning, NASA will attempt to launch a CrewDragon to the International Space Station. The occasion will mark just the second time that astronauts will fly aboard the newly developed SpaceX capsule. You can watch the action live right here.Read ...

2021-04-22 20:31 | Arstechnica
Cyberpunk 2077 refunds barely dented CD Projekt Red’s bottom line

$51.3 million in projected refund costs vs. 13.7 million Cyberpunk copies sold in 2020.

2021-04-22 20:30 | Gizmodo
Hey, Sony, We Don’t Need a New Streaming Service. Make PS Now Better

After days of rumors that Sony is adding a video streaming service to its existing PlayStation Plus, the company confirmed today that it’s testing one such service in Poland. I don’t know about you, but I’m so over new video streaming services. There are...

2021-04-22 20:29 | Gizmodo
Jack and Elon Are Promoting Bitcoin on Earth Day for Some Reason (It Makes Them Richer)

Earth Day is prime time for brands and people to promote their pre-existing products to the masses, swaddled up in a green package. So perhaps it’s no surprise that area shaman Jack Dorsey and meme enthusiast Elon Musk are pumping bitcoin, a cryptocurrency ...

2021-04-22 20:26 | ZDNET
Snap shares rise as company reports first-ever cash profit

Snap said its daily active users reached 280 million, a 22% year-over-year increase, and said it expects the same rate of growth this quarter.