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Updated: 2021-04-23 11:29
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LJ Rich looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.
Lobbying row: Are we heading for 'government by WhatsApp'?
Critics say messaging among ministers desperately needs regulation - but not everyone agrees.
Rocket Report: Amazon bypasses New Glenn, SLS ready for Florida shipment
"It’s extremely exciting to join with our partners to deploy new capabilities."
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.
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.
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
Court clears 39 Post Office staff convicted due to ‘corrupt data’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Dependencies on just-in-time supply chains and sometimes out-of-date technology makes shipping and logistics an ever-more tempting target for cyber criminals.
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.
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 ...
ToxicEye: Trojan abuses Telegram platform to steal your data
The RAT is using bots to propagate across Telegram channels.
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.
How much CO2 are your Zoom meetings generating?
It's better than driving to a meeting, but could that meeting have been an email?
'World’s most powerful' tidal turbine sets sail from Dundee
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)?
Apple Is Sued for Telling You That You're “Buying” Movies
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.
Subscriptions, SaaS bookings surge in Software AG Q1 2021
Software AG says interest in the firm's digital business will drive "sustainable, profitable growth."
Star Wars: The Bad Batch release dates -- When does episode 1 hit Disney Plus? - CNET
Hint: It arrives on a certain day in May.
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.
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.
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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.
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?
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 ...
Police search cryptocurrency trading firm after Turks say they were scammed
The Boyer-Moore Fast String Searching Algorithm
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 ...
Twitter accidentally spams users asking them to confirm accounts
Surprised users learn it wasn't a scam, but a mistake on Twitter's behalf.
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.
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.
Some useful regular expressions for programmers
Why Lichess will always be free
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.
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.
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.
Oscars 2021: Start time, nominations and how to watch online - CNET
Everything you need to know to tune into the big awards show.
Apple’s M1 Positioning Mocks the Entire x86 Business Model
Dear Netflix and YouTube, everything is too long - CNET
Commentary: Movies, video games, TV shows. Everything is just too damn long.
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 ...
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.
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.
Facebook wants your help to improve the News Feed - CNET
People have expressed a desire to see less political and more uplifting content.
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 ...
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.
Major mobile operators outshone by smaller rivals
GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Sky Mobile score highest on the Which? annual customer survey.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
14 best TV shows to watch on HBO Max - CNET
HBO Max has come up with some gems of original content.
8 best films to watch on HBO Max - CNET
What to watch along with (or instead of) The Snyder Cut.
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.
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."
The Rise of North Korea's Hacking Army
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.
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.
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.
Shopping in 10 minutes: The new supermarket battleground
A raft of app-based delivery systems now promise to bring you your groceries almost instantly.
COVID-19 vaccinations declining even though all US adults are eligible
With 50% of adults vaccinated, health officials begin tackling vaccine skeptics.
Mortal Kombat film review: Why you should watch on HBO Max, not in theaters
Brutally brilliant battles, buried by banal banter.
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 ...
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 ...
Snapchat now has more Android users than iOS
Snapchat continues to grow, thanks to an improved Android app and interest in its Spotlight feature.
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.
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.
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
'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.
Maxwell’s Demon Continues to Startle Scientists
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
Don't Buy the Old Apple TV
Please do not buy an older Apple TV just for the marginal savings. Hear me out.
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.
Twitch is adding threaded replies to chat
In an effort to make all of that chaos more manageable, Twitch is introducing threaded conversations.
Simone Weil and the Need for Roots
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.
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.
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 ...
Quandaries of Quinine
Must Love Bogs
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.
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 ...
BuildZoom (better way to build custom homes) is hiring remote engineers
GitHub Actions update: Helping maintainers combat bad actors
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.
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 ...
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.
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...
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 ...
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.