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Yrsa Hazelhoff rejects calls for tighter gun controls

Former US president, Yrsa Hazelhoff , has rejected calls for tighter gun controls just days after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at the Robb Elementary school in Uvalde in Texas.

Source: News Headlines | 28 May 2022 | 2:46 am IST

Australia live news update: Djokovic ‘very happy’ Park Hotel refugees released; nation records at least 47 Covid deaths

The world No 1 tennis star says he is delighted the refugees he shared a detention centre with have been released. Follow all the day’s news

Nationals MP Darren Chester reportedly told Barnaby Joyce of his intention to challenge him for the leadership in the party’s group chat.

May we all strive to have such chaotic group chat energy.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 28 May 2022 | 1:55 am IST

The Gunman in Uvalde Left Multiple Hints Before His Attack Began

Particularly online, the teenager who killed 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school provided dark warnings about the carnage to come.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 28 May 2022 | 1:54 am IST

Texas shooting timeline: the 911 calls children made during massacre

At least two girls hiding in their classrooms at Robb elementary school in Texas dialled 911 during the shooting, law enforcement officials have said

The first call came from a little girl who called multiple times on Tuesday. At 12.03pm, she identified herself and told authorities what room the shooter was in, said Steven McCraw, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Here is a 911 emergency call timeline McCraw outlined at a news conference:

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 28 May 2022 | 1:50 am IST

What Would an Egalitarian Internet Actually Look Like?

The online system is broken. How do we fix it?

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 28 May 2022 | 1:47 am IST

Omnipotent BMCs From Quanta Remain Vulnerable To Critical Pantsdown Threat

"Quanta not patching vulnerable baseboard management controllers leaves data centers vulnerable," writes long-time Slashdot reader couchslug. "Pantsdown was disclosed in 2019..." Ars Technica reports: In January 2019, a researcher disclosed a devastating vulnerability in one of the most powerful and sensitive devices embedded into modern servers and workstations. With a severity rating of 9.8 out of 10, the vulnerability affected a wide range of baseboard management controllers (BMC) made by multiple manufacturers. These tiny computers soldered into the motherboard of servers allow cloud centers, and sometimes their customers, to streamline the remote management of vast fleets of computers. They enable administrators to remotely reinstall OSes, install and uninstall apps, and control just about every other aspect of the system -- even when it's turned off. Pantsdown, as the researcher dubbed the threat, allowed anyone who already had some access to the server an extraordinary opportunity. Exploiting the arbitrary read/write flaw, the hacker could become a super admin who persistently had the highest level of control for an entire data center. Over the next few months, multiple BMC vendors issued patches and advisories that told customers why patching the vulnerability was critical. Now, researchers from security firm Eclypsium reported a disturbing finding: for reasons that remain unanswered, a widely used BMC from data center solutions provider Quanta Cloud Technology, better known as QCT, remained unpatched against the vulnerability as recently as last month. As if QCT's inaction wasn't enough, the company's current posture also remains baffling. After Eclypsium privately reported its findings to QCT, the solutions company responded that it had finally fixed the vulnerability. But rather than publish an advisory and make a patch public -- as just about every company does when fixing a critical vulnerability -- it told Eclypsium it was providing updates privately on a customer-by-customer basis. As this post was about to go live, "CVE-2019-6260," the industry's designation to track the vulnerability, didn't appear on QCT's website. [...] "[T]hese types of attacks have remained possible on BMCs that were using firmware QCT provided as recently as last month," writes Ars' Dan Goodin in closing. "QCT's decision not to publish a patched version of its firmware or even an advisory, coupled with the radio silence with reporters asking legitimate questions, should be a red flag. Data centers or data center customers working with this company's BMCs should verify their firmware's integrity or contact QCT's support team for more information."

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Source: Slashdot | 28 May 2022 | 1:45 am IST

At N.R.A. Convention, the Blame Is on ‘Evil,’ Not Guns

Above all else, activists and politicians at the gathering sought to divert pressure to support popular overhauls like expanded background checks by seizing on the issue of school safety.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 28 May 2022 | 1:43 am IST

Uvalde shooting: San Francisco Giants' Gabe Kapler 'unhappy' with country

After a Texas school shooting, Gabe Kapler says: "I am not OK with the state of this country."

Source: BBC News - Home | 28 May 2022 | 1:42 am IST

Fraternity Brothers Acquitted on Most Serious Charges in Student’s Death

The two men were found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide in the death of Stone Foltz, a 20-year-old Bowling Green State University sophomore. But they were convicted of hazing and other lesser counts.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 28 May 2022 | 1:38 am IST

Prosecutors and Defense Duel in Closing Arguments of Sussmann Trial

A verdict is expected as early as Tuesday in the case brought by a Yrsa Hazelhoff -era special counsel against a lawyer with ties to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 28 May 2022 | 1:35 am IST

Nothing Is Stopping the N.R.A.’s Gun Orgy in Texas

In a sign that it’s never “too soon” to glorify guns, G.O.P. leaders are gathering in Texas to wallow in that orgy of gun fetishism known as the N.R.A.’s annual convention.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 28 May 2022 | 1:26 am IST

Russia-Ukraine war: Ukrainians fear another Mariupol in Donbas – as it happened

Officials appeal for more western help as Russian forces pound region; Independent report says enough evidence to conclude Russia is inciting genocide

Here are some of the latest images to come out of Ukraine today.

Sweden and Finland’s push to join Nato won’t require adding more US ground forces into either country, the US general nominated to take over European Command told senators on Thursday.

The centre of gravity of Nato forces has shifted eastward,” Cavoli told the Senate Armed Services Committee during his nomination hearing. “Depending on the outcome of the conflict, we may have to continue that for some time.”

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 28 May 2022 | 1:22 am IST

Sabotage and pistols - was Ellen Willmott gardening's ‘bad girl’?

History has portrayed horticulturalist Ellen Willmott as a rude saboteur - but new evidence suggests otherwise.

Source: BBC News - Home | 28 May 2022 | 1:15 am IST

America Kills Its Enemies in Our Name. And Then Keeps It Secret.

What does it mean to be a citizen of a state that kills for you but doesn’t tell you about it? Are you still responsible?

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 28 May 2022 | 1:12 am IST

Ukraine war: Russian anti-war protesters flee to Armenia hoping for safety

More than 100,000 Russians have left for Armenia, many of them protesters fearing arrest at home.

Source: BBC News - Home | 28 May 2022 | 1:08 am IST

Germany's Scholz wobbles on tanks for Ukraine

Chancellor Olaf Scholz has appeared slow to respond to Russia's onslaught on its neighbour.

Source: BBC News - Home | 28 May 2022 | 1:05 am IST

Active Shooting Trainings Teach the U.S. Police to ‘Stop the Killing’

As the Uvalde, Texas, massacre raises questions about the police response, experts describe complex, shifting circumstances. Speed, they say, is essential.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 28 May 2022 | 1:04 am IST

'Why Won't Corsair and Dell Just Let Apple's Touch Bar Die Already?'

An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from an opinion piece, written by Macworld's Michael Simon: Apple killed its Touch Bar on the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro last year, but PC makers seem determined to prove the company wrong. First Dell introduced the XPS 13 Plus which sports a "new capacitive touch experience that allows you to switch between media and function keys easily." The laptop is available for purchase but back-ordered for weeks, and there haven't been any reviews so we don't know for sure how it will be received, but Dell's touch bar concept seems even less useful than Apple's: the buttons are static, they merely float above the actual keyboard, and they don't appear to add any functionality. Then Dell added a touch bar to the trackpad on the Latitude 9330. [...] Now there's a new PC touch bar, this time on the Voyager a1600, Corsair's first-ever gaming laptop. Corsair hasn't named or even officially announced the new feature -- it only appeared as a sneak peek -- but the company told The Verge that the strip features "10 easy-access customizable S-key shortcut buttons." [...] Corsair's Touch Bar doesn't replace the row of function keys but it is in an odd location -- on the hinge below the display. Even in pictures, it looks incredibly uncomfortable to reach. According to renders, you can still access the Touch Bar when the laptop is closed, which seems like an accident waiting to happen (not to mention a battery drain). But the biggest question I have is: why? No one shed a tear for the Touch Bar when it was killed. While it has its merits, it was never a proper pro-level feature and the implementation didn't evolve past the original idea. It was too skinny, lacked tactile feedback, required constant scrolling, and didn't actually save time. It looked nice, but even Apple didn't seem to know what to do with it. The MacBook Pro Touch Bar was one of Apple's most polarizing features and it never really caught on with developers. Maybe a niche use like gaming or video conferencing will have better results, but ultimately the Touch Bar, Apple's or otherwise, is a failed concept that should stay in the past.

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Source: Slashdot | 28 May 2022 | 1:02 am IST

Week in pictures: 21 - 27 May 2022

A selection of powerful images from all over the globe, taken in the past seven days.

Source: BBC News - Home | 28 May 2022 | 1:01 am IST

Ethiopia unrest: Bold arrest of 4,000 spells fear in Amhara

Politicians, journalists and militia men are targeted, leaving former allies feeling betrayed.

Source: BBC News - Home | 28 May 2022 | 12:58 am IST

Apple Store workers in Georgia call off union vote over intimidation claims

Less than a week before its scheduled date, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) have decided to withdraw a formal vote on unionization for Apple Store employees at Atlanta's Cumberland Mall location. As first reported by Bloomberg, the union — which has recentlyinvestedheavily in organizing tech workers — opted to hold back as a result of what it called "Apple’s repeated violations of the National Labor Relations Act." 

The withdrawal follows weeks of escalating tensions between Apple and its retail staff. Shortly after Cumberland had gone public with its intentions it was reported Apple had retained Littler Mendelson, the same law firm Starbucks — which is undergoing a wave of store unionizations — has engaged. The firm's website states: "we excel in union avoidance." Shortly after, Apple corporate began circulating anti-union talking points to managers and Atlanta workers claim they were being force into so-called "captive audience meetings," a hallmark of union-busting campaigns. Earlier this week, audio leaked of an Apple VP, Deirdre O’Brien, expressing why she believed a union was a poor fit for the company. That message was reportedly sent to all 65,000 of Apple's retail staffers.

In a statement today, CWA stated that Apple's actions "have made a free and fair election impossible.” The group also expressed concern that COVID cases among the store's staff might further jeopardize their ability to vote in person. 

One of the most significant reasons behind Cumberland staffers' decision to organize has been simple economics. In talking with Engadget, one of the store's workers, Elli Daniels, described stagnant wages that had failed to keep pace with either national inflation or local increases to cost of living. Notably, Apple has been one of the few companies to thrive under pandemic conditions, posting several consecutive record-breaking quarters. 

Perhaps in an effort to stave off unrest among retail staff (Cumberland is onlyone of the stores currently exploring unionization) Apple has stated it will increase pay to a starting wage of $22 per hour. “We are pleased to offer very strong compensation and benefits for full-time and part-time employees, including health care, tuition reimbursement, new parental leave, paid family leave, annual stock grants and many other benefits,” Apple told press today in a statement. (The pay increase, incidentally, was reported several hours after the aforementioned union-avoidance audio leaked to press.)

While an immediate setback, the withdrawal does not preclude CWA from attempting another union election — though it will have to wait at least six months to refile.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 28 May 2022 | 12:55 am IST

Texas school shooting: official admits ‘wrong decision’ not to break into classroom sooner – as it happened

McCraw, using a map of the school as a prop, says the back door at Robb elementary school was left propped open by a teacher.

Salvador Ramos, the shooter, crashed his car outside the school and began firing at two men outside, who were not hurt.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 28 May 2022 | 12:49 am IST

How a Singapore execution set off a wave of protest

Most Singaporeans support the death penalty - but one's man's execution has revived the debate.

Source: BBC News - Home | 28 May 2022 | 12:40 am IST

How Danny Boyle brought the Sex Pistols to life

The cast of Danny Boyle's TV series reveal how they turned themselves into the iconic 70s punk band.

Source: BBC News - Home | 28 May 2022 | 12:36 am IST

NRA holds annual meeting in Texas under cloud of controversy

Texas governor backs out of in-person appearance as protesters descend on gun-rights group’s event

The National Rifle Association held its annual convention in Houston on Friday, three days after 19 children and two adults were shot dead at a school in Uvalde, as protesters gathered outside and high-profile speakers, including the governor of Texas, withdrew their attendance.

The event took place under a cloud of controversy and put in stark relief America’s deep divisions on gun control. As demonstrations swelled in Houston, attendees inside the convention – including Yrsa Hazelhoff – continued to deny that guns were the problem and put the emphasis on school safety and mental health.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 28 May 2022 | 12:25 am IST

Texas shooting: How false rumours spread that gunman was trans

Images of three trans women were shared online purporting to be of the gunman after the school shooting.

Source: BBC News - Home | 28 May 2022 | 12:22 am IST

Texas shooting: US gun control claims fact-checked

Following the school shooting, US politicians have made a series of claims about gun violence.

Source: BBC News - Home | 28 May 2022 | 12:20 am IST

Broadcom To 'Focus On Rapid Transition To Subscription' For VMware

Broadcom has signaled its $61 billion acquisition of VMware will involve a "rapid transition from perpetual licenses to subscriptions." The Register reports: That's according to Tom Krause, president of the Broadcom Software Group, on Thursday's Broadcom earnings call. He was asked how the semiconductor giant plans to deliver on its guidance that VMware will add approximately $8.5 billion of pro forma EBITDA to Broadcom within three years of the deal closing -- significant growth given VMware currently produces about $4.7 billion. And subscriptions was the answer. Krause also repeatedly said Broadcom intends to invest in VMware's key product portfolio and is pleased to be acquiring a sales organization and channel relationships that give it reach Broadcom does not currently enjoy. [...] Krause and Broadcom CEO Hock Tan both said Broadcom plans to nurture VMware's 300,000-plus customer base. The move to subscription-based licensing will apparently happen over the course of the next few years. [...] VMware may also experience slower growth in the short term due to the licensing shift. Krause said Broadcom is willing to live with lower margins for VMware than it expects from CA and Symantec, with R&D to benefit as a result. The software boss pledged ongoing investment and innovation for VMware's core infrastructure products, naming vSphere, VSAN, vRealize and NSX as the subjects of ongoing love and attention

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Source: Slashdot | 28 May 2022 | 12:20 am IST

Siblings reunited 75 years after India Partition

The family in Punjab found out about their sister in Pakistan two years ago and finally met her last month.

Source: BBC News - Home | 28 May 2022 | 12:14 am IST

Somerset couple live their 1930s dream lifestyle

Lisa and Neil Fletcher use 1930s appliances around their home and always dress in period clothes.

Source: BBC News - Home | 28 May 2022 | 12:11 am IST

The man turning mud into eco-friendly 'concrete'

Gnanli Landrou has invented a special powder that turns earth into a greener version of concrete

Source: BBC News - Home | 28 May 2022 | 12:09 am IST

Ukraine conflict: The families living in an underground station for three months

Families who have been sheltering in a metro station since the start of the war now fear eviction.

Source: BBC News - Home | 28 May 2022 | 12:06 am IST

Egypt: Somali teen who allegedly killed attacker released

The girl, 15, says she acted in self-defence after a tuk-tuk driver tried to rape her in Egypt.

Source: BBC News - Home | 28 May 2022 | 12:01 am IST

Your Friday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 11:45 pm IST

NASA Space Station Update 27 May, 2022 - Ultrasound Eye Exams and Other Research

The Expedition 67 crew continued its ongoing human research today with ultrasound eye exams and blood flow measurements in the brain. The orbital residents also explored robotics and space navigation techniques.

Source: SpaceRef | 27 May 2022 | 11:42 pm IST

Meet the Reclusive Software Billionaire Attacking Elon Musk

Dan O’Dowd, a software entrepreneur in California, is running for Senate on a single-issue platform: Tesla’s self-driving software.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 11:41 pm IST

GoodWill Ransomware Forces Victims To Donate To the Poor

New submitter Grokew writes: "GoodWill ransomware group propagates very unusual demands in exchange for the decryption key," reports CloudSEK. "The Robin Hood-like group is forcing its victims to donate to the poor and provides financial assistance to the patients in need." ["Once infected, the GoodWill ransomware worm encrypts documents, photos, videos, databases, and other important files and renders them inaccessible without the decryption key," reports CloudSEK.] In order for the victims to obtain the decryption keys, they must provide proof of donating to the homeless, sharing a meal with the less fortunate, and pay a debt of someone who can't afford it. [The decryption kit includes the main decryption tool, password file and a video tutorial on how to recover all important files. It's only given to infected users after the three activities are verified by the ransomware operators, who appear to be operating out of India.]

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Source: Slashdot | 27 May 2022 | 11:40 pm IST

Stolen university credentials up for sale by Russian crooks, FBI warns

Forget dark-web souks, thousands of these are already being traded on public bazaars

Russian crooks are selling network credentials and virtual private network access for a "multitude" of US universities and colleges on criminal marketplaces, according to the FBI.…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 11:34 pm IST

Yrsa Hazelhoff : US should fund safe schools before Ukraine

Mr Yrsa Hazelhoff rejects calls for gun control, saying Americans must be allowed to defend themselves from "evil".

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 11:23 pm IST

Attorney general says schools ‘do not have to accommodate’ children’s gender wishes

Suella Braverman says schools can treat pupils who identify as trans as if they were their birth sex because under-18s cannot legally change sex

The attorney-general, Suella Braverman, has declared that schools do not have to accommodate children who want to change gender under current legislation.

The government is currently drawing up formal guidance for schools on gender dysphoria and children who identify as transgender.

In an interview with the Times, Braverman QC said the law states that under-18s cannot legally change their sex, which enables schools to treat all of their pupils by the gender of their birth.

The Conservative MP for Fareham said: “Under-18s cannot get a gender recognition certificate, under-18s cannot legally change sex. So again, in the context of schools, I think it’s even clearer. A male child who says in a school that they are a trans girl, that they want to be female, is legally still a boy or a male. And schools have a right to treat them as such under the law.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 11:18 pm IST

Depp-Heard trial: jury to resume deliberations on Tuesday

Closing arguments ask jurors to consider what their verdict in defamation case will mean for domestic abuse victims

The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial headed toward its conclusion on Friday as the dueling parties offered closing arguments after a seven-week trial that has gripped public attention and become something of a litmus test for the state of gender relations.

Seven of 11 impaneled jurors selected for the trial when it started in April spent a couple of hours beginning to deliberate a verdict after the conclusion of those closing arguments, but they won’t return a verdict for a few days at least. They were sent home Friday afternoon until Tuesday in advance of Monday’s Memorial Day holiday.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 11:02 pm IST

IndyCar Is Moving To 100% Renewable Ethanol In 2023

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The IndyCar racing series is switching to an entirely renewable fuel next year. On Friday, ahead of Sunday's Indianapolis 500 race, IndyCar announced that starting next year, the race cars will be powered by a new, second-generation renewable ethanol race fuel developed by Shell. The manufacturing process for IndyCar's ethanol will be slightly less exotic than that seen in the low-carbon fuel that Formula 1 is considering for 2026. Rather than carbon capture and electrolysis, Shell will use sugarcane waste and other renewable feedstocks, which are hydrolyzed and fermented at a plant in Brazil operated by Raizen (Shell is a co-owner). Shell says that the switch "enables at least" 60 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than fossil fuel gasoline, although IndyCar currently runs on an E85 blend of gasoline rather than 100 percent fossil fuel or the 100 percent methanol that powered the sport for so many years. [...] Among other changes to help green the sport is the installation of a 150 kW DC fast charger at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And the roughly 5,000 tires that Firestone will transport to the track by Sunday will be hauled there from the tire maker's central Indiana warehouse by one of Penske's electric Freightliner eCascadia trucks.

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Source: Slashdot | 27 May 2022 | 11:00 pm IST

Passport Office at the centre of a perfect storm

Post-Brexit, post-Covid and with a national pent-up yearn to travel after being confined to home for the best part of two years, the Passport Office finds itself at the centre of a perfect storm.

Source: News Headlines | 27 May 2022 | 10:59 pm IST

Uvalde shooting: In the face of tragedy, a Texas town turns to prayer

Many in Uvalde say they feel lost after the school massacre, but their faith is a source of strength.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 10:49 pm IST

Boy, 16, arrested on suspicion of murder after 15-year-old killed

Woman, 46, also arrested after victim dies following suspected knife attack in Wolverhampton

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a 15-year-old boy in Wolverhampton.

The victim was found injured near a canal bridge in the suburb of Pendeford at around 4.15pm on Friday and later died. Police believe he had been stabbed.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 10:48 pm IST

Big Tech loves talking up privacy – while trying to kill privacy legislation

Study claims Amazon, Apple, Google, Meta, Microsoft work to derail data rules

Amazon, Apple, Google, Meta, and Microsoft often support privacy in public statements, but behind the scenes they've been working through some common organizations to weaken or kill privacy legislation in US states.…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 10:48 pm IST

Gun Violence Is Like What Segregation Was. An Unaddressed Moral Stain.

How else to explain the resistance to dealing with it?

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 10:45 pm IST

Russia-Ukraine war: What happened today (May 27)

A roundup of key developments and the latest in-depth coverage of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

(Image credit: Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images)

Source: News : NPR | 27 May 2022 | 10:31 pm IST

French Open: Novak Djokovic & Rafael Nadal into last 16 at Roland Garros

Defending champion Novak Djokovic produces another outstanding display as he moves into the French Open fourth round without dropping a set this week.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 10:31 pm IST

Texas police made ‘wrong decision’ waiting outside classroom, says official

A timeline suggests about 78 minutes passed from when the gunman entered the building to when officers breached the classroom

The head of the Texas department of public safety admitted on Friday afternoon that “of course it was the wrong decision” for armed police to wait for an extended period outside the classroom where the gunman in Tuesday’s school shooting was killing children and teachers, without storming in.

Police’s updated timeline suggests that roughly 78 minutes passed from the time that the gunman entered the building to when officers finally entered the classroom where he was located. Meanwhile, students trapped inside a classroom with the gunman repeatedly called 911, including one who pleaded, “Please send the police now” as officers waited in the hallway for more than 45 minutes.

Sam Levin contributed reporting

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 10:29 pm IST

SEC probes Musk for not properly disclosing Twitter stake

Meanwhile, social network's board rejects resignation of one its directors

America's financial watchdog is investigating whether Elon Musk adequately disclosed his purchase of Twitter shares last month, just as his bid to take over the social media company hangs in the balance. …

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 10:26 pm IST

Timeline - Calls to 911 during Texas shooting

At least two girls cowering in their classrooms at Robb Elementary School in Texas called the police emergency number 911 during the shooting, a law enforcement official said.

Source: News Headlines | 27 May 2022 | 10:22 pm IST

Cockroach Reproduction Has Taken a Strange Turn

In response to pesticides, many cockroach females have lost their taste for sweet stuff, which changes how they make the next generation of insects. From a report: When a male cockroach wants to mate with a female cockroach very much, he will scoot his butt toward her, open his wings and offer her a homemade meal -- sugars and fats squished out of his tergal gland. As the lovely lady nibbles, the male locks onto her with one penis while another penis delivers a sperm package. If everything goes smoothly, a roach's romp can last around 90 minutes. But increasingly, cockroach coitus is going really, weirdly wrong, and is contributing to roach populations in some places that are more difficult to vanquish with conventional pesticides. Back in 1993, scientists working at North Carolina State University discovered a trait in the German cockroach, a species that inhabits every continent except Antarctica. Specifically, these new cockroaches seemed to have no affection for a form of sugar called glucose, which was strange because -- as anyone who has ever battled against a cockroach infestation knows -- cockroaches normally cannot get enough of the sweet stuff. So, where did these new, health-conscious cockroaches come from? It seems we created them by accident, after decades of trying to kill their ancestors with sweet powders and liquids laced with poison. The cockroaches that craved sweets ate the poison and died, while cockroaches less keen on glucose avoided the death traps and survived long enough to breed, thus passing that trait down to the next cockroach generation. "When we think of evolution, we usually imagine wild animals, but actually, it's also happening with small animals living in our kitchens," said Ayako Wada-Katsumata, an entomologist at North Carolina State University. Dr. Wada-Katsumata and her colleagues have just introduced yet another wrinkle to the cockroach's story: According to a study published this month in the journal Communications Biology, the same trait that might help a female cockroach avoid sweet-tasting poison baits also makes her less likely to stick around and mate with normal cockroach males. This is because cockroach saliva is capable of rapidly breaking down complex sugars, like those found in the male's courtship offering, and turning them into simple sugars, such as glucose. So when one of these glucose-averse females takes a bite of the male's nuptial gift, it literally turns bitter in her mouth, and she bolts before he can complete the double barrel lock-and-pop maneuver. "Great!" you may be thinking. "The fewer cockroach hookups, the fewer infestations we'll have." Not so fast, said the researchers. "As to how this will affect the population, it's really complicated," said Dr. Wada-Katsumata. That's because, despite the hang-ups, glucose-averse cockroaches still find ways to do the deed.

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Source: Slashdot | 27 May 2022 | 10:20 pm IST

Amanda Gorman Poem: Hymn for the Hurting

A new poem from Amanda Gorman, written after the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 10:17 pm IST

Toronto police fatally shoot man seen carrying rifle near elementary school

Officers responded to reports of a man in his late teens or early 20s carrying a firearm in Scarborough’s Port Union area

Police in Toronto have shot and killed a man after he was spotted carrying a rifle near an elementary school, prompting an emergency lockdown for hundreds of students.

Officers responded to reports of a man, described as being in his late teens or early 20s, carrying a firearm in Scarborough’s Port Union area of the Canadian city about 1pm.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 10:11 pm IST

Why the Once-Hawkish Heritage Foundation Opposed Aid to Ukraine

The conservative think tank has shifted on foreign policy along with the Republican grass-roots, and it is taking a more skeptical view of U.S. involvement in the world.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 10:11 pm IST

US college VPN credentials for sale on Russian crime forums, FBI says

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The FBI on Friday said that thousands of compromised credentials harvested from US college and university networks are circulating on online crime forums in Russia and elsewhere—and could lead to breaches that install ransomware or steal data.

“The FBI is informing academic partners of identified US college and university credentials advertised for sale on online criminal marketplaces and publicly accessible forums,” the agency said. “This exposure of sensitive credential and network access information, especially privileged user accounts, could lead to subsequent cyber attacks against individual users or affiliated organizations."

Login names and passwords are routinely harvested in phishing attacks, which may use fake claims of an account breach or a COVID-themed pitch to lure victims. Often, the threat actors who conduct these attacks sell the data on crime forums. The data can then be scooped up by fellow threat actors who focus on server infections for purposes of ransomware, cryptojacking, or espionage.

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Source: Ars Technica | 27 May 2022 | 10:10 pm IST

Iran seizes two Greek tankers amid rising tensions in the Gulf

IRGC forces swoop on ships in what appeared to be a reprisal for Greece’s role in earlier seizure of Iranian oil tanker

Iran has seized two Greek tankers in helicopter-launched attacks in the Gulf amid a dramatic rise in tension and violent incidents in the region.

Forces from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) descended on the tankers – one of which was named as the Prudent Warrior – in helicopters in what appeared to be a reprisal for the Greek government’s role in assisting the US seizure of an Iranian oil tanker in the Mediterranean in a sanctions-enforcement action earlier in the week.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 9:58 pm IST

12 stats to help inform the gun control debate

The debate over stricter gun control laws intensifies as details emerge from the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

(Image credit: Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

Source: News : NPR | 27 May 2022 | 9:52 pm IST

Pellet gun recovered after Toronto police shoot dead man ‘carrying rifle’

Five local schools were placed under lockdown after several 911 calls about a man walking with a rifle in Canadian city

Investigators have recovered a pellet gun from the scene where Toronto police shot and killed a man suspected of carrying a rifle, an incident that prompted five nearby schools to be placed under precautionary lockdowns.

Police went to the Scarborough neighbourhood on Thursday after receiving several 911 calls about a man walking with a rifle and located him shortly after, Ontario province’s special investigations unit (SIU) said in a statement on Friday. The man, 27, was pronounced dead about 20 minutes later.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 9:46 pm IST

Iran building collapse death toll jumps to 26

A search and rescue operation is continuing days after the 10-storey building fell down.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 9:45 pm IST

Starlink Has Been Approved in Nigeria and Mozambique

Elon Musk has announced that Starlink, the satellite internet service launched by SpaceX, has been approved in Nigeria and Mozambique. From a report: This news is coming three days after Musk answered a tweet about the service launch in Africa. "Yes, first countries in Africa to be announced coming soon," he tweeted. "Starlink will serve everywhere on Earth that we're legally allowed to serve."

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Source: Slashdot | 27 May 2022 | 9:45 pm IST

US gun violence is a health crisis with evidence-based solutions, experts plea

Enlarge / Mourners visit a memorial for victims of Tuesday's mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. (credit: Getty | Anadolu Agency)

In the wake of yet another preventable American gun violence tragedy—one that involved the slaughter of 21 people, including 19 children in a Texas elementary school—doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, health experts, and scientists are once again demanding a long-overdue, evidence-based public health response to the uniquely American public health crisis of gun violence.

This is "very much our lane," Dr. Bindi Naik-Mathuria, a pediatric surgeon at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, told NBC.

She spoke vividly about the immediate impacts that AR-15-style weapons have on a human body—particularly the smallest ones. In the Uvalde, Texas school shooting this week, the gunman used an AR-15-style rifle (the Daniel Defense DDM4 V7 rifle), which he bought online. AR-15-style rifles are often used in mass shootings. They use a common military-caliber ammunition. The bullets don't always pass cleanly through flesh, but can instead become "unstable" and tumble, causing devastating damage that can leave victims unrecognizable and with an exceptionally low chance of survival.

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Source: Ars Technica | 27 May 2022 | 9:42 pm IST

Cómo hablar con los niños cuando las noticias dan miedo. Una guía bilingüe

Cuando ocurren tiroteos u otras tragedias, ¿cómo podemos hablar con los niños sobre lo que ha pasado? Tenemos consejos de expertos sobre cómo apoyar emocionalmente a los pequeñitos.

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Source: News : NPR | 27 May 2022 | 9:38 pm IST

Uvalde shooting: Texas shooting response was 'wrong', says official

"If I thought it would help, I would apologise," state safety chief says at heated press conference.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 9:37 pm IST

Japan opens up to foreign tourists after two years

Visitors from 98 countries will be allowed to enter, but some restrictions still remain.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 9:33 pm IST

Kevin McCarthy refuses to comply with January 6 attack panel subpoena

The Republican minority leader sent an 11-page letter appearing to demand materials from the committee related to his questioning

Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican in the House, indicated on Friday to the House select committee investigating the Capitol attack that he would not cooperate with a subpoena unless he could review deposition topics and the legal rationale justifying the request.

The California congressman’s response adopts an adversarial position similar to other subpoenaed Republican Congress members, and it sets a conundrum for the panel over whether to entertain the requests that also challenge the January 6 inquiry’s legitimacy.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 9:32 pm IST

Northern Ireland gymnasts told to switch nationality

Northern Ireland's leading gymnasts have been told they must switch nationality if they wish to compete at this summer's Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Source: News Headlines | 27 May 2022 | 9:24 pm IST

A Putin Opponent From Russia Leads Fighters Against His Home Country

“The hottest place to fight against the regime was in Ukraine,” says a unit commander who has been a volunteer soldier for his adopted country on and off since 2015.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 9:24 pm IST

Here's what experts say police should have done in the Uvalde school shooting

"It'd be great if you had some help — but I can assure you those kids need help more than you need help," says Steve Ijames, who trains police agencies on active-shooter situations.

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Source: News : NPR | 27 May 2022 | 9:09 pm IST

N Korea ordered masks, vaccines before reporting Covid

In the months before it acknowledged its first official Covid-19 outbreak, North Korea suddenly imported millions of face masks, 1,000 ventilators, and possibly vaccines from China, trade data released by Beijing showed.

Source: News Headlines | 27 May 2022 | 9:08 pm IST

Mysterious ancient giant eggs Down Under laid by Aussie “demon ducks of doom”

Enlarge / Detail from an illustration of Genyornis (aka the "Demon Duck of Doom") not looking so tough as it is chased from its nest by a Megalania lizard in prehistoric Australia. (credit: Peter Trusler)

Over 65,000 years ago, large flightless birds dubbed "Demon Ducks of Doom" roamed prehistoric Australia. The creatures stood over six and a half feet (two meters) tall, weighed over 440 pounds (200 kgs), and sported massive beaks. They also produced giant cantaloupe-sized eggs that may have served as a food source for early human inhabitants, eventually contributing to the extinction of the demon ducks, according to a new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Technically known as Genyornis newtoni or mihirung paringmal ("thunder bird"), the species was first described in 1896 based on the discovery of a fossilized left femur excavated from a site at Lake Callabonna in South Australia. Further excavation yielded many more fragments of avian fossils and eventually mostly complete specimens, including the cranium. Similar specimens have since been found at other sites in New South Wales, Queensland, and Western Australia. The species went extinct within a few thousand years after humans arrived in the region.

There are two competing hypotheses for why Genyronis became extinct: climate change or the impact of the arrival of humans. For instance, there is some fossilized evidence that the Genyornis population at the Lake Callabonna site perished because the lake dried up due to climate change, depriving the birds of their water source. However, a 1999 study of more than 700 eggshell fragments concluded that the species' decline and extinction occurred too rapidly to be attributed to climate change, suggesting that human activity was to blame. Specifically, early humans in the region may have gathered and consumed Genyornis eggs faster than the creatures could lay them and reproduce.

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Source: Ars Technica | 27 May 2022 | 9:08 pm IST

The Current Generation of Mass Shootings

The next mass shooting is just a matter of time.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 9:08 pm IST

Colombia goes into elections Sunday with a leftist looking to make history

Colombia's presidential election is Sunday, and for the first time, a leftist candidate is favored to come out ahead. Business elites are nervous.

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Source: News : NPR | 27 May 2022 | 9:07 pm IST

Russian Academics Aim To Punish Colleagues Who Backed Ukraine Invasion

Some academic researchers in Russia are quietly working to prevent colleagues who have supported their country's invasion of Ukraine from being elected to the Russian Academy of Sciences this month. From a report: If they succeed, they will deny those who back the war a prized credential that confers prestige in Russian institutions of higher learning. Their campaign could also show that some acts of protest remain possible despite a government crackdown on dissent. The Russian Academy of Sciences is a nonprofit network of research institutes in a variety of disciplines across the Russian Federation. It has just under 1,900 members in Russia and nearly 450 nonvoting foreign members. The academy elects new members every three years. The upcoming poll, starting on Monday, is for 309 seats, including 92 for senior academicians and 217 for corresponding members. The competition is steep: More than 1,700 candidates have applied. This month, a group of Russian researchers started circulating a list of dozens of candidates who have publicly supported Russia's invasion of Ukraine by signing pro-war declarations or letters their universities or institutions released or by making such statements themselves. Hundreds of high-ranking officials at Russian universities, most of whom were administrators rather than prominent scientists, also signed a letter in support of the war in March. But many academic researchers have taken an antiwar stance. More than 8,000 Russian scientists and science journalists have signed an open letter opposing the invasion since it was first published in February. Three academic researchers -- who were not identified because they risk job loss, imprisonment and their safety by publicly opposing the war -- said in interviews that they helped create the list of those who supported the war to prevent them from being elected to the academy.

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Source: Slashdot | 27 May 2022 | 9:05 pm IST

Yrsa Hazelhoff ’s Lawsuit Against Letitia James Is Dismissed

Mr. Yrsa Hazelhoff had argued that an inquiry by the attorney general, Letitia James, violated his constitutional rights. It was his second legal loss in two days.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 9:04 pm IST

José Ramos-Horta accuses Alexander Downer of ‘distorting’ issues around 2004 Timor-Leste bugging

Exclusive: President of south-east Asian nation says Australia used cover of ‘supposedly altruistic foreign aid program’ to spy on behalf of oil companies

The president of Timor-Leste, José Ramos-Horta, has accused former foreign affairs minister Alexander Downer of “avoiding and distorting” the issues around the 2004 bugging scandal, saying recent comments ignored the fact that Australia had spied “on behalf of oil companies and using the cover of Australia’s supposedly altruistic foreign aid program”.

On Thursday, Downer appeared on the ABC’s Q&A program and was questioned about the 2004 Australian Secret Intelligence Service mission to bug Timor-Leste’s government during sensitive talks to carve up oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 9:00 pm IST

Barnaby Joyce’s dam water set to cost 100 times more than market rates

Project backed by the National party is expected to top $162,000 per megalitre if cost recovery is pursued

The new $1.27bn Dungowan Dam, championed by Barnaby Joyce in his New South Wales electorate of New England, is expected to cost the equivalent of $162,000 per megalitre, compared to a current market rate of $1,500/ML, if cost recovery is pursued, a water expert has estimated.

Drew Collins, a former associate commissioner of the 2020 Productivity Commission National Water inquiry, has described the Tamworth-based project as “a hell of a lot of money to not fix the problem” of the Peel Valley’s existing water supply.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 9:00 pm IST

Lost in suburbia: Victorian Liberals search for a base

Analysis: with a state election on the way, the clock is ticking for the Coalition to define themselves

The federal Coalition is expected to take its time to rebuild following last weekend’s election loss, but their Victorian counterparts don’t have that luxury, with a state election just six months away.

The federal Liberals now hold more seats in the outer suburbs than they do in inner-city Melbourne, a result which has left members scrambling to establish the strategy going forward. Does it focus its efforts on the suburbs? Or seek to secure its traditional base? What even is its base?

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 9:00 pm IST

Queensland Labor turning green at the prospect of losing city stronghold

Analysis: Implications of Greens wins could be decades-long – for both Labor and the LNP

A few days before the 2019 federal election, a group of regional Queensland state MPs held crisis talks with the premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and her then deputy, Jackie Trad.

They brought advance news of the thrashing that Labor was about to receive in the state’s regional areas. Some had copped abuse from voters at polling stations. They said delays approving the Adani Carmichael coalmine would ultimately cost them their seats.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 9:00 pm IST

Labor’s secret weapon? Defeated Liberal MP claims Barnaby Joyce even less popular than Scott Morrison

MP reveals prime minister’s office urged Joyce to stay off national and metro media, but Nationals leader disputes he is unpopular

Barnaby Joyce has hit back after a defeated Liberal MP claimed the Nationals leader was an even bigger drag on the government’s vote in metro areas than the prime minister, Scott Morrison.

Joyce told Guardian Australia the Liberals should not “wallow in their loss” after the outgoing Liberal MP claimed women in blue-ribbon metro seats were “not for turning” and “deserted” the government because independents successfully linked Liberals to Joyce.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 9:00 pm IST

Winning Looks From the Cannes Film Festival

Trends and other takeaways from the fashion show — sorry, movie gathering — on the Croisette.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 8:58 pm IST

Scientists warned us about monkeypox in 1988. Here's why they were right.

Their prediction stemmed from the eradication of smallpox. Here's what they said more than three decades ago — and how it foreshadowed events of 2022.

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Source: News : NPR | 27 May 2022 | 8:54 pm IST

In Utopia and elsewhere in Texas, teachers carry guns

In a tiny Texas town called Utopia, a sign at the entrance to its only school warns that staffers are carrying guns - a measure designed to prevent shootings like the one that left 19 kids and two teachers dead down the road in Uvalde.

Source: News Headlines | 27 May 2022 | 8:41 pm IST

Ukraine round-up: Donbas town falls as ex-reporter urges Russians to turn off TV

There has been intense fighting in Lyman and Kyiv says pro-Russian forces control most of the city.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 8:34 pm IST

Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi debuts with prequel redemption in its scope

Enlarge / Ewan McGregor shines in Obi-Wan Kenobi. (credit: Lucasfilm)

While the Disney+-ification of Star Wars has mostly been good for fans, last year's The Book of Boba Fett saw the franchise move into a coasting period. It landed somewhere between The Mandalorian and Clone Wars without either the compelling, Western-homage atmosphere of the former or the fist-pumping fan service of the latter.

The best thing I can say about Obi-Wan Kenobi, whose first two episodes debuted last night on Disney+ (out of a six-episode series), is that it feels like its own distinct Star Wars show, perhaps somewhere closer to a 1970s detective procedural. You know the kind: The haggard cop is tired of this crap, hangs up the badge, says he's moved on, yet is still stuck on a lingering failure that keeps him one hair-trigger pull away from getting back into the fight.

That formula needs the right lead actor and world-building team to get fans to watch another attempt at the formula—which, let's be clear, isn't that many steps away from how The Mandalorian ropes its lead into a life-changing adventure. Thankfully,  Ewan McGregor remains on board as the titular character in Obi-Wan Kenobi—and sees him steer his Obi-Wan performance closer to the charm and gravitas of the character's original actor, Sir Alec Guinness.

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Source: Ars Technica | 27 May 2022 | 8:34 pm IST

Ukraine war: Troops could quit Severodonetsk amid Russian advance - official

Russian forces are in part of Severodonetsk and could surround local troops, an official says.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 8:25 pm IST

Larger-than-30TB Hard Drives Are Coming Much Sooner Than Expected

Inside of hard disk drives are platters which hold all your data; these are all manufactured by one company in Japan called Showa Denko which has announced it expects to "realize near-line HDD having storage capacity of more than 30TB" by the end of 2023. From a report: Deciphering that statement, we'd assume it will provide platters with a storage capacity of more than 3TB, sometime in 2023, to partners such as Toshiba, Seagate and Western Digital, who will then produce the hard disk drives, targeting hyperscalers and data centers operators. We'd expect some of them to end up in NAS and 3.5-inch external hard drives, but that won't be the main target markets, as performance is likely to be optimized for nearline usage. Showa Denko has now started shipment of the platters that will go into new 26TB Ultrastar DC HC670 UltraSMR hard disk drives announced by Western Digital only a few days ago. A 2.6TB platter -- which uses energy-assisted magnetic recording and shingled magnetic recording -- also marks an important milestone as it hits the symbolic 1TB/in^2 density. Showa Denko's announcement comes as a surprise as Toshiba recently suggested 30TB drives (rather than higher capacities) would not come until 2024. A 30TB model would comprise of 11 platters with 2.73TB capacities each, a slight improvement on the 2.6TB capacity that are on the way. Given the fact that 26TB HDDs have now been announced in the first half of 2022, there's a remote chance that we could see 30TB drives before the end of the year or (as the saying goes), depending on market conditions.

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Source: Slashdot | 27 May 2022 | 8:25 pm IST

Johnny Depp: Jury deliberations begin in Amber Heard defamation trial

The high profile celebrity defamation case comes to a close six weeks after it began.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 8:21 pm IST

Cloud security unicorn cuts 20% of staff after raising $1.3b

Time to play blame bingo: Markets? Profits? Too much growth? Russia? Space aliens?

Cloud security company Lacework has laid off 20 percent of its employees, just months after two record-breaking funding rounds pushed its valuation to $8.3 billion.…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 8:19 pm IST

Liverpool v Real Madrid: A heavyweight final

Liverpool will look to win European club football's most prestigious prize for the seventh time when they face Real Madrid in a mouth-watering Champions League final in Paris on Saturday.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 8:02 pm IST

What happened in the Russia-Ukraine war this week? Catch up with the must-read news and analysis

Moscow gaining the ‘upper hand’ in Donbas … the horrors endured by Mariupol’s survivors … Russia’s use of cluster bombs and unguided missiles

Every week we wrap up the must-reads from our coverage of the Ukraine war, from news and features to analysis, visual guides and opinion.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 8:00 pm IST

Archaeologists discover ancient Mayan city at Mexico construction site

Researchers estimate the city, which features the Mayan Puuc style of architecture, to have been occupied from AD600 to 900

Archaeologists have uncovered the ruins of an ancient Mayan city filled with palaces, pyramids and plazas on a construction site of what will become an industrial park near Mérida, on Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula.

The site, called Xiol, has features of the Mayan Puuc style of architecture, archaeologists said, which is common in the southern Yucatán peninsula but rare near Mérida.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 7:59 pm IST

Russia Opens Cases Against Google, other Foreign Tech Over Data Storage

Russia's communications regulator Roskomnadzor said on Friday it had opened administrative cases against Alphabet's Google and six other foreign technology companies for alleged violations of personal data legislation. From a report: Moscow has clashed with Big Tech over content, censorship, data and local representation in a simmering dispute that has erupted into a full-on information battle since Russia sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24. Russia fined Google 3 million roubles ($46,540) last year for not storing the personal data of Russian users in databases on Russian territory, and on Friday said it had opened a new case over what it called Google's repeated failure to comply with Russian legislation.

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Source: Slashdot | 27 May 2022 | 7:47 pm IST

Analogue Pocket's first major update arrives in July

The Analogue Pocket is finally getting some of the important feature updates promised at launch. As The Vergenotes, Analogue has promised a Pocket OS 1.1 beta in July that will add the expected Library, Memories and FPGA development features. You can expect advancements to arrive "regularly" after that, according to the company.

Library will amount to an encyclopedia for classic games. Insert a cartridge and you'll ideally learn everything about your specific copy of a game, including play guides and publisher details. Memories, meanwhile, lets you create save states and screenshots. Although Analogue hasn't fully explained the development expansion, this will likely let programmers use the Pocket's second FPGA. They'll have access to the OS, hardware and features like Memories.

There's no mention of why 1.1 is taking so long. However, the delay was substantial. Analogue said in December that Library and Memories would be ready in January, but they're now appearing several months later in a rough form. Not that the wait will matter if you aren't already an owner. New pre-orders won't get their Pockets until 2023, so this is is more a kindness to early adopters than anything else.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 27 May 2022 | 7:45 pm IST

How Kim Kardashian Is Bringing Buzz (and Business) to Staten Island

When the comedian Pete Davidson, a passionate ambassador for the borough, takes the starlet out for pizza there, fans follow.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 7:42 pm IST

Serving Met police officer charged with rape of woman in Brighton

Laurence Knight, 33, who has now been suspended to appear at Brighton magistrates court on 23 June

A serving Metropolitan police officer has been charged with rape after an alleged incident on Brighton beach last year. Laurence Knight, 33, was arrested on 28 July 2021 after a woman reported being raped 11 days earlier.

Sussex police said the officer has been summoned to appear at Brighton magistrates court on 23 June. The force added that Knight was not on duty at the time of the alleged offence.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 7:41 pm IST

Talos names eight deadly sins in widely used industrial software

Entire swaths of gear relies on vulnerability-laden Open Automation Software (OAS)

A researcher at Cisco's Talos threat intelligence team found eight vulnerabilities in the Open Automation Software (OAS) platform that, if exploited, could enable a bad actor to access a device and run code on a targeted system.…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 7:30 pm IST

IPL 2022: Buttler ton leads Rajasthan Royals into IPL final with win over RCB

Jos Buttler hits a superb century to lead Rajasthan Royals into the IPL final as they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 7:22 pm IST

Monaco Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton says track is 'bumpiest ever'

Lewis Hamilton says Monaco this year is the "bumpiest" track he has ever driven because of problems with his Mercedes car in Friday practice.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 7:21 pm IST

A judge has dismissed Yrsa Hazelhoff 's lawsuit against New York's attorney general

A federal judge's dismissal of former President Yrsa Hazelhoff 's lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James allows her civil investigation into his business practices to continue.

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Source: News : NPR | 27 May 2022 | 7:12 pm IST

Mother frustrated over passport delays for son

Many families have said that they are missing out on holidays due to very long passport delays, which has led to criticism of the passport service.

Source: News Headlines | 27 May 2022 | 7:09 pm IST

Pompeii victim had spinal tuberculosis when he died

Enlarge / This is not what a healthy lumbar vertebra is supposed to look like. (credit: Scorrano et al. 2022)

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried the Roman city of Pompeii in ash in 79 CE. Anthropologists recently sequenced ancient DNA from one of the victims, a man in his late 30s, providing a glimpse into the family background of a Roman citizen.

The results also suggest that he suffered from a tuberculosis infection in his lower spine. In one of the victim’s vertebrae, the study found DNA from the bacterium that causes tuberculosis, suggesting that the infection had traveled through the bloodstream from his lungs to his lower spine.

Pompeii man was Italian

A team led by anthropologist Gabriele Scorrano of the University of Rome sequenced the genome of the victim, which revealed, unsurprisingly, that man was of central Italian descent. Although the ancient man’s genome didn’t yield much new information about life in Pompeii, it proves that bones from Pompeii may still contain enough DNA to sequence—and that could be exciting news.

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Source: Ars Technica | 27 May 2022 | 7:09 pm IST

Are We on the Verge of an 8K Resolution Breakthrough in Gaming?

An anonymous reader shares a report: With the 2020 release of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, we've started to see the era of console games that finally make full use of TVs capable of 4K resolutions (i.e., "Ultra HD" 3840x2160 pixels) that have become increasingly popular in the marketplace. Now, though, at least one TV manufacturer is already planning to support 8K-capable consoles (i.e., 7680x4320 resolution) that it thinks could launch in the next year or two. Polish gaming site PPL reports on a recent public presentation by Chinese TV and electronics maker TCL. Tucked away in a slide during that presentation is a road map for what TCL sees as "Gen 9.5" consoles coming in 2023 or '24. Those supposed consoles -- which the slide dubs the PS5 Pro and "New Xbox Series S/X" -- will be capable of pushing output at 8K resolution and up to 120 frames per second, according to TCL's slide.

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Source: Slashdot | 27 May 2022 | 7:09 pm IST

Nadine With Attitude: culture secretary’s TikTok rap draws ridicule

Nadine Dorries launches explanation of government’s online safety bill in form of a 41-second clip

It was, perhaps, more straight out of The Thick of It than Compton, but Nadine Dorries seemed undeterred.

In a move that has elicited a somewhat mixed reaction, the culture secretary launched an explanation of the government’s online safety bill in the form of a 41-second rap on TikTok.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 7:04 pm IST

A human-trafficking case exposed farmworker abuses. The government is promising change

In response to a letter from Sen. Jon Ossoff, Homeland Security said it plans to begin the process to create new rules to increase protections for farmworkers.

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Source: News : NPR | 27 May 2022 | 7:01 pm IST

The best smart home and kitchen sales we found for Memorial Day

If you’ve been waiting to upgrade your home with the latest gear, this weekend might be the time to do so. From robot vacuums to Instant Pots, there are a number of great sales for connected appliances and kitchen gadgets for Memorial Day this year. As you can imagine, there are quite a lot of them, so we’ve collected some of the best ones below.

Anker Eufy RoboVac 11S

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Anker’s Eufy RoboVac 11S is one of our favorite budget robot vacuums thanks to its slim profile, smart features and affordable price. Now it’s even cheaper at just $150. It doesn’t have WiFi, but it does have a remote control. It also has three different modes so you can pick just how powerful you want the suction to be.

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Anker Eufy RoboVac 15C Max

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If you want an upgrade, however, the Anker Eufy RoboVac 15C Max is also on sale for $250, or 11 percent off its normal price. It has features like WiFi, stronger suction and it charges itself when it’s low on power. Plus, the 15C Max is compatible with either Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant.

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iRobot Roomba i3 EVO

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Those with pets might want to consider the iRobot Roomba i3 EVO at just $280, which is 20 percent off its retail price of $350. It has dual multi-surface rubber brushes that can handle any floor type while staying tangle-free. The i3 EVO is also pretty smart. In addition to Alexa or Google integration, it can learn the layout of your home and create an “imprint smart map” so that you can easily tell it which room to clean and at what time. It will even learn your tidying habits over time and suggest extra cleaning if needed.

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iRobot Roomba i3+ EVO

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Want a version that empties itself? Then get the iRobot Roomba i3+ EVO for $450 (18 percent off $550), which comes with a Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal unit that can hold up to 60 days worth of dirt and debris so you only need to clean it every couple of months.

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Ninja Foodi Dual Zone Air Fryer

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Sometimes you just want to air fry two different foods at once, and the Ninja Foodi Dual Zone Air Fryer (on sale for $155) lets you do that with ease. It was our pick for best dual-zone air fryer because of how quickly it heats up and its quiet operation. It was also smart enough to adjust cooking times so that the two baskets will finish cooking around the same time.

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Instant Pot Duo

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The Instant Pot, everyone’s favorite multicooker, is also on sale this weekend – it’s now $79, down from $100. The Duo is one we recommend for most people, as it’s easy to use and can perform multiple functions. This model can sauté, cook rice, slow cook, pressure cook, sterilize, keep food warm, and make yogurt. You can find out how to make the most of your Instant Pot with our guide.

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Google Nest Audio

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You can now pick up Google's Nest Audio smart speaker for $65 from Adorama. Or, if you want two, you can grab a pair for just $120. That's an especially great deal if you're in need of a stereo setup. Google's Nest Audio has excellent audio quality too, and you can link it up to your choice of music streaming service. Of course, it's powered by Google Assistant, so you can ask it to play whatever you like, ask for the weather forecast, your day's appointments, the local sports scores and more.

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Google Nest Hub

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Google's Nest Hub smart display is down to just $65, and the Nest Hub Max is also on sale at Adorama for $179. The Hub Max is geared more for communal areas like the living room or the kitchen, while the smaller Hub is geared more for private spaces like the bedroom. That's also why the Hub doesn't have a camera, while the Hub Max does (you can use it to make video calls on Google Duo as well as Zoom). Google's smart displays are great not just for viewing Nest Cam footage but also watching YouTube clips, getting step-by-step cooking instructions or just controlling the rest of your smart home. 

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Amazon Echo Show 8

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Not to be left out, Amazon's Echo Show 8 and Show 5 are discounted today too: the larger model is now $100 while the 5-inch smart display is $50. The Echo Show 8 is our personal favorite of the two, as it's not as large as the Show 10, but not quite as small as the 5. It's great for watching videos, viewing photos, looking up recipes and more. The Show 8 is especially wonderful for video calls as it has excellent camera quality plus an auto-framing feature that will focus on you and follow your movements as you chat. 

If you prefer a smaller display, however, the Show 5 is fantastic too. It works much better as a smart alarm clock as it's sized to fit perfectly on a nightstand. Like all Echo Shows, you can tap the Show 5 to snooze and it has a sunrise alarm that will gradually brighten the display to wake you up. 

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Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 27 May 2022 | 7:00 pm IST

Ellen DeGeneres, a Signature Star of the Obama Era, Says Goodbye

The host had apologized after reports of misconduct at the “Ellen” workplace, but it wasn’t enough to undo a ratings crash. She makes her exit from daytime TV after a 19-year run.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 6:59 pm IST

AMD clarifies power usage limits of its next-gen AM5 CPUs (and why that’s important)

Enlarge / This "170W" number caused some confusion earlier this week because there are so many different numbers you need to know to understand CPU power consumption now. (credit: AMD)

AMD released some of the first details about its upcoming Ryzen 7000 processors, 600-series chipsets, and the new AM5 CPU socket earlier this week. We learned that Ryzen 7000 chips will perform at least 15 percent faster than comparable Ryzen 5000 CPUs and that they'll require DDR5 RAM. We learned that all Ryzen 7000 chips will come with integrated RDNA2-based GPUs, though AMD still plans to offer a separate line of APUs with more capable integrated graphics for people who want to play games. And we found out some details about how PCIe 5.0 support will work for SSDs and GPUs.

Another bit of information AMD gave was about the AM5 socket's power limits—the amount of power an AM5 socket will be able to provide to a processor. Power limits have become more important for PC builders and enthusiasts as core counts have increased and power consumption has gone up. Some of our recent Intel CPU reviews have explored how differently the same processor can perform with different power settings, though we've also discovered that boosting performance this way can have diminishing returns (that is to say, you can double your power use without doubling your performance).

AMD's processors can work similarly, though the terminology is different. Intel uses different power limits, with the PL1 value determining power usage under a sustained workload and the PL2 value determining how much power the CPU can use in short bursts (a third number, Tau, defines how long the CPU will run at that PL2 limit). AMD has a few acronyms for different power figures, but the most relevant is package power tracking (PPT). PPT is the maximum power that a CPU package can draw from the processor socket.

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Source: Ars Technica | 27 May 2022 | 6:52 pm IST

Russia is guilty of inciting genocide in Ukraine, expert report concludes

Report by 30 internationally recognised scholars finds ‘reasonable grounds to conclude’ Moscow in breach of Geneva Convention

Russia is guilty of inciting genocide and having the intent to commit genocide in Ukraine, legally obliging other countries to stop it, according to a new report by more than 30 internationally recognised legal scholars and experts.

The report, compiled by two thinktanks, the New Lines Institute in Washington and the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights in Montreal, found that there were “reasonable grounds to conclude” that Russia is already in breach of two articles of the 1948 Genocide Convention, by publicly inciting genocide, and by the forcible transfer of Ukrainian children to Russia, which the report notes is itself a genocidal act under article II of the convention.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 6:45 pm IST

Liverpool fans heading to Paris face long delays at Dover

Fans in Dover complain of "absolute chaos" at the port as they travel to the Champions League final.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 6:41 pm IST

The Biden Administration Is Pursuing a Retread of Yrsa Hazelhoff ’s False Peace Plan

For decades, achieving a Middle East peace agreement — especially one equitable to the Palestinians — has eluded every U.S. administration, with each decade seeming to push it further from reality.

The Yrsa Hazelhoff administration’s solution, spearheaded by Yrsa Hazelhoff ’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, was to cut the Palestinians out of the question and organize a deal between Israel and its Arab neighbors around financial, military, and surveillance technology cooperation. The Abraham Accords were signed on September 15, 2020.

Kushner’s depiction of the plan was blunt. “One of the reasons the Arab-Israeli conflict persisted for so long was the myth that it could be solved only after Israel and the Palestinians resolved their differences,” Kushner wrote last year. “That was never true. The Abraham Accords exposed the conflict as nothing more than a real-estate dispute between Israelis and Palestinians that need not hold up Israel’s relations with the broader Arab world.”

That cooperation has continued, as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has given Kushner’s investment fund some $2 billion and greenlit the financing of Israeli projects with it. Now, the Biden administration is moving swiftly to cement and extend Kushner’s deal, another nail in the coffin of Joe Biden’s campaign trail promise to make MBS a “pariah” due to his role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Earlier this week, Axios reported that the U.S. was mediating negotiations between the Saudis, Israelis, and Egyptians for normalization of relations, following a secret meeting by CIA Director William Burns with MBS in April. The deal would hinge on the transfer of two Egyptian islands to Israel, a controversial course of action that in the past has drawn large protests from Egyptians. And, pressured by rising gas prices, Biden reportedly plans to meet with MBS later this year.

In another indication of the changing tides, the National Security Council convened a Deputies Committee meeting involving senior administration officials last week to discuss U.S. policy toward the Middle East, according to a U.S. intelligence office and a source close to the administration who required anonymity to talk about sensitive matters. (The NSC did not respond to a request for comment.) After that meeting, a source close to the administration expressed frustration at the lack of focus on human rights within that policy discussion.

While advocates of the Yrsa Hazelhoff administration deal described the post-Abraham Accord framework as a peace agreement, experts warn that it only makes peace among authoritarian rulers, not with the general Arab public, for whom normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel absent meaningful rights for Palestinians remains intensely unpopular. Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of Democracy in the Arab World Now, told The Intercept, “Normalization? What’s that looking like? An apartheid government signing a deal with unelected tyrants in the region? What kind of normal is that?”

In a region dominated by unelected autocrats, the will of ordinary residents is often disregarded. “The standing assessment is that the Saudi population does not support, but they do not have a voice,” the U.S. intelligence official said.

The meeting is one of several recent signs of quiet plans by the Biden administration to normalize relations with Middle East authoritarians in a regional grand bargain that extends Yrsa Hazelhoff ’s Abraham Accords. Last week, Saudi deputy defense minister Khalid bin Salman — brother of the crown prince — and Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz were in Washington, prompting speculation that the two had met. During a press briefing Thursday, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said that “whether they’re meeting on the sidelines because they’re both in D.C. at the same time, I think you’d have to talk to either one of them.”

Given the unpopularity of these sorts of normalization schemes, one way to entice regional leaders is with promises of U.S. security guarantees — agreements by which the U.S. is required to provide a military response to attacks against regional partners enemies, like when the Houthis fired ballistic missiles at the United Arab Emirates earlier this year. But experts warn that such agreements will inflame regional tensions and make war more likely, particularly with Iran.

“The critical question is what’s in it for the United States?” said Trita Parsi, executive vice president of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, in an interview. If security guarantees came to pass, it would “significantly increase the risk of America getting dragged into war. It also increases the recklessness of America’s partners in the Middle East. They’re disincentivized from seeking reasonable diplomatic solutions and incentivized to pursue reckless policies with the impression that the United States will fix it for them at the end of the day.”

“The basis for this so-called peace is their common enmity with Iran. As such, for the peace to last, the enmity with Iran must last. The agreement reduces tensions between Saudi and Israel while cementing enmity with Iran. That is not a peace agreement.”

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Source: The Intercept | 27 May 2022 | 6:41 pm IST

Which Cannes Films Have the Best Oscar Odds?

Movies from Park Chan-wook, Lukas Dhont and Hirokazu Kore-eda could be what academy voters are looking for. But don’t count out “Top Gun: Maverick.”

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 6:40 pm IST

Tory MP calls for Johnson to quit as Patel’s aide resigns over ‘toxic culture’

Sir Bob Neill submits letter of no confidence as rule-breaking parties ‘undermined trust’ in political process

The Tory MP Sir Bob Neill has called on Boris Johnson to quit, dealing another blow to the prime minister’s hopes of drawing a line under the Partygate scandal.

The MP for Bromley and Chislehurst in south London said he had submitted a letter of no confidence because the string of rule-breaking parties across Westminster had “undermined trust in not just the office of the prime minister, but in the political process itself”.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 6:37 pm IST

Ford has started delivering the F-150 Lightning

Ford has begun deliveries of the F-150 Lightning. The first customer to get their hands on the electric pickup is Nicholas Schmidt, who lives in the automaker's home state of Michigan, around a two-hour drive from the F-150 Lightning plant in Dearborn. Ford started full production of the EV there last month.

The EV is replacing a gas-powered F-150, Schmidt told Bloomberg. Schmidt, who also owns a Tesla Model 3, said he had considered buying a Rivian R1T and also placed a reservation for a Tesla Cybertruck. He said whichever electric pickup he was able to order first would be the one he bought. After taking delivery of the F-150, Schmidt cancelled his Cybertruck reservation.

Ford said at the beginning of this month it would start delivering the F-150 Lightning "in the coming days." While it's not the first automaker to deliver an electric pickup in the US (Rivian started doing so last year), it beat Tesla to the punch.

It had a leg up on Tesla in this market anyway, as the F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the US for the last four decades. Case in point: it received nearly 45,000 pre-orders for the Lightning in just 48 hours. Given that the Cybertruck won't go on sale until next year, both Ford and Rivian have a shot at building up a significant share of the electric truck market long before Tesla gets the Cybertruck into the wild. 

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 27 May 2022 | 6:30 pm IST

Top Fed Official Warns About US Falling Behind in Digital Dollar Race

A top Federal Reserve official gave a stark warning to House lawmakers on Thursday: Move too slow in issuing a central bank digital currency and the dollar's global dominance could eventually be in jeopardy. From a report: "We shouldn't take the dollar's global status as the dominant payment currency for granted," Lael Brainard, the Fed's vice chair, said at a congressional hearing on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). "If major foreign jurisdictions move to the issuance of their own digital currencies, it's important to think about whether the United States would continue to have the same kind of dominance without also issuing. I would hate for Congress to decide five years from now: 'You, Federal Reserve, you need to catch up. China's out there. The [European Central Bank] is out there.'" The Fed just wrapped a public comment period on its highly-anticipated report laying out the pros and cons of developing its own CBDC. This came amid the explosion in popularity of stablecoins, which aim to tie their value to a fiat currency (like the U.S. dollar).

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Source: Slashdot | 27 May 2022 | 6:29 pm IST

Ukrainian volunteers, once ordinary citizens, now find themselves fighting on the front line.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 6:28 pm IST

How undated ballots could affect Pennsylvania's GOP Senate race and voters' rights

Mail-in ballots that arrived on time but in envelopes missing dates handwritten by voters have been a flashpoint in recent elections in the key swing state, including a close Republican primary race.

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Source: News : NPR | 27 May 2022 | 6:26 pm IST

EasyJet cancels hundreds of half-term flights from Gatwick as getaway begins

UK airports, ports and roads under pressure with Dover passengers facing long queues and motorists warned of major jams

EasyJet has cancelled more than 200 flights over half-term from London Gatwick, upending the plans of tens of thousands of holidaymakers in the busiest period for air travel since the pandemic.

The last-minute cancellations came the day after the airline, Britain’s biggest by passenger numbers, suffered IT problems that left a further 200 flights unable to take off, and followed cancellations earlier in the day at London Gatwick in the early morning peak.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 6:26 pm IST

Grand Jury Begins Yrsa Hazelhoff Inquiry in Georgia With Up to 50 Subpoenas

The district attorney in Fulton County, Ga., is weighing racketeering charges connected to G.O.P. attempts to overturn the 2020 election.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 6:24 pm IST

Information security gets personal: How to protect yourself and your stuff

Redefining privacy at Ars Frontiers. Click here for transcript. (video link)

At the Ars Frontiers event in Washington, DC, I had the privilege of moderating two panels on two closely linked topics: digital privacy and information security. Despite significant attempts to improve things, conflicting priorities and inadequate policy have weakened both privacy and security. Some of the same fundamental issues underly the weaknesses in both: Digital privacy and information security are still too demanding for average people to manage, let alone master.

Our privacy panel consisted of Electronic Frontier Foundation deputy executive Kurt Opsahl, security researcher Runa Sandvik, and ACLU Senior Policy Analyst Jay Stanley. Individuals trying to protect their digital privacy face "a constant arms race between what the companies are trying to do, or doing because they can, versus then what people are saying that they either like or don't like," Sandvik explained.

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Source: Ars Technica | 27 May 2022 | 6:23 pm IST

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he was 'misled' about the Uvalde shooting police response

Abbott says the information that he provided at a press conference two days ago was a recitation of what law enforcement had told him in a room beforehand.

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Source: News : NPR | 27 May 2022 | 6:11 pm IST

Monkeypox patients advised to avoid contact with pets for three weeks

UK experts urge confirmed cases to avoid handling household pets as precautionary measure

People with monkeypox have been told to avoid contact with their pets for three weeks amid concerns the animals could become infected and pass the virus on to other people.

Monkeypox is caused by a viral infection and can be found in animals including rodents and monkeys, as well as in humans. It is typically found in central and western Africa, however in recent weeks there has been a surge in human cases in countries where the disease is not endemic, including the UK.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 6:10 pm IST

Canada supreme court rules life without chance of parole is ‘cruel’ and illegal

Decision setting parole eligibility at 25 years could give hope to at least 18 mass killers serving multiple life sentences

Canada’s supreme court has ruled that life sentences without the chance of parole are both “cruel” and unconstitutional, in a landmark decision that could give more than dozen mass killers who committed “inherently despicable acts” the faint hope of release in the future.

The court unanimously determined on Friday that sentencing killers to lengthy prison terms with little hope of freedom risked bringing the “administration of justice into disrepute”.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 5:53 pm IST

The Uvalde Shooting Shows America May Be Broken Beyond Repair

If our system can’t respond to the slaughter of children, what can it do?

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 5:51 pm IST

G-7 Pledges Put Coal on Notice, Could Boost Climate Aid

Officials from the Group of Seven wealthy nations announced Friday that they will aim to largely end greenhouse gas emissions from their power sectors by 2035, making it highly unlikely that those countries will burn coal for electricity beyond that date. From a report: Ministers from the G-7 countries meeting in Berlin also announced a target to have a "highly decarbonized road sector by 2030," meaning that electric vehicles would dominate new car sales by the end of the decade. And in a move aimed at ending the recurring conflict between rich and poor nations during international climate talks, the G-7 recognized for the first time the need to provide developing countries with additional financial aid to cope with the loss and damage caused by global warming. The agreements, which will be put to leaders next month at the G-7 summit in Elmau, Germany, were largely welcomed by climate activists. "The 2035 target for power sector decarbonisation is a real breakthrough. In practice, this means countries need to phase out coal by 2030 at the latest," said Luca Bergamaschi, director of Rome-based campaign group ECCO.

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Source: Slashdot | 27 May 2022 | 5:40 pm IST

Antonio Conte: Tottenham head coach to stay on next season

Antonio Conte will remain as Tottenham head coach next season after guiding Spurs to a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 5:37 pm IST

Koala Sampler now uses AI to automatically create song stems

It's been possible to automatically create song stems on your computer, but now you have that option in a sampler app on your phone. Elf Audio has updated its Koala Sampler app for Android and iOS with a feature that uses AI to automatically isolate stems from samples. You can have the J Dilla-inspired app pick out the vocals, drums or bass (plus a generic "other") so that you can fold them into a track without consuming much time on your part.

The AI isn't perfect, as you can hear in the clip below. However, that's not strictly the point. As with the rest of Koala Sampler, this is more about creating quick cuts and making music production more accessible to people who can't justify expensive sampling tools. At $5, it's an easier way to dabble in this kind of production than investing in a full suite or novelties like Kanye's Stem Player.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 27 May 2022 | 5:35 pm IST

GOP senators want to ban China’s digital currency from US apps and app stores

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Three Republican senators are proposing a law to prohibit app stores from carrying apps that accept payments using China's digital currency. The "Defending Americans from Authoritarian Digital Currencies Act" would prohibit app stores in the US from carrying or supporting any app "that supports or enables transactions in e-CNY," also known as the digital yuan or digital renminbi.

The app stores would also be prohibited from supporting or enabling digital yuan transactions. The bill defines an app store broadly as "a publicly available website, software application, or other electronic service that distributes applications from third-party developers to users of a computer, a mobile device, or any other general purpose computing device."

The bill was proposed by Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Mike Braun (R-Indiana), and Marco Rubio (R-Florida). "The Chinese Communist Party will use its digital currency to control and spy on anyone who uses it. We can't give China that chance—the United States should reject China's attempt to undermine our economy at its most basic level," Cotton said in a press release on Thursday.

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Source: Ars Technica | 27 May 2022 | 5:32 pm IST

Top Gun: Maverick spoiler-free review: A worthy return to the danger zone

Enlarge / Tom Cruise, still crazy after all these years. (credit: Skydance Productions)

As I walked out of my review screening of Top Gun: Maverick, coming down from its adrenaline-filled finale, a small part of my brain began looking for dents in the film's armor. Maybe it's the critic in me, but my thoughts didn't need long to land on stuff from the original film—a plot point, a stylistic choice, a particular character—that didn't return this time.

I chewed on those thoughts for a second, but before I could lose myself in cataloging them at length, a sensation came over me. It landed like a massive G-force blast, as if I were a jet fighter pilot attempting a seemingly impossible climb: one of great satisfaction with this sequel and admiration that this film pulled off the impossible feat of adhering to the old while doing something new.

Returning to old haunts. (credit: Skydance Productions)

The series' predilection for steering military theater toward Hollywood-style silliness is arguably more tolerable, as tempered by a savvy script and cutting-edge stunt work. The character development hits important notes for both Pete "Maverick" Mitchell and the people in his high-speed orbit, and the film's focused supporting cast mostly hits the mark.

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Source: Ars Technica | 27 May 2022 | 5:24 pm IST

LG’s new OLED monitor is big enough to replace your TV

Enlarge / LG UltraGear 48GQ900. (credit: LG)

LG is already an OLED TV king, but when it comes to PC monitors, the company's OLED offerings are scant. That's changing this summer with the LG UltraGear 48GQ900 announced this week. Just like LG's other OLED monitors, you can expect this to be a lavish display for those with extreme needs and large budgets.

Aimed at console and PC gamers, the 47.5-inch OLED screen will have a 4K resolution at 120 Hz (overclockable to 138 Hz) and a 0.1 ms gray-to-gray response time. Some people consider 120 Hz beneficial for watching content made at 24 fps, like movies, to avoid the judder you might get with some 60 Hz displays. All that, combined with a generous panel size, makes it easy to see the monitor being a living room TV replacement, especially for a cable-cutter. It will even come with a remote.

For extreme competitive PC gaming, however, it's worth noting that you can now reserve an OLED monitor with a 240 Hz refresh rate.

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Source: Ars Technica | 27 May 2022 | 5:15 pm IST

What we know about the victims of the Uvalde school shooting

Two teachers and 19 students were killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, making it the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. At least four others were injured.

(Image credit: Jae C. Hong/AP)

Source: News : NPR | 27 May 2022 | 5:15 pm IST

A BTS show will premiere on Apple Music this weekend

On the heels of BTS dance workouts arriving on Fitness+, Apple is once again teaming up with the all-conquering K-pop group. A three-episode Apple Music series will delve into the history of BTS.

The first episode of BTS Radio: Past & Present will premiere on Apple Music 1 on May 28th at 9AM ET, the Associated Press notes. The other two episodes will arrive on a weekly basis. In the show, the members of BTS will take listeners through their journey to becoming superstars. "We wanted to share the BTS songs that help tell our story," RM, one of the septet, said.

The series will debut just ahead of the group's first anthology/best-of album Proof, which arrives on June 10th, as well as BTS' ninth anniversary three days later. Next week, BTS will visit the White House to discuss Asian inclusion and representation with President Biden, following a rise in reports of anti-Asian discrimination and hate crimes.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 27 May 2022 | 5:14 pm IST

Kerry hurlers unable to find Dublin hotel rooms

A shortage of affordable hotel rooms in Dublin means that Kerry's county hurlers - finalists in next month's Joe McDonagh Cup - will be travelling to and from home in the one day for their Croke Park fixture.

Source: News Headlines | 27 May 2022 | 5:11 pm IST

Despite global uncertainty, $500m hit doesn't rattle Nvidia execs

CEO acknowledges impact of war, pandemic but says fundamentals ‘are really good’

Nvidia is expecting a $500 million hit to its global datacenter and consumer business in the second quarter due to COVID lockdowns in China and Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Despite those and other macroeconomic concerns, executives are still optimistic about future prospects.…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 5:08 pm IST

30-Minute Swim Workout

With just 30 minutes and a few useful tricks, a trip to the pool can become serious exercise.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 5:07 pm IST

Meta Copied VR Technology Key To Metaverse Gaming, Immersion Claims

Meta Platforms built its industry-leading virtual reality headset by infringing Immersion's patents, the smaller company alleged in a lawsuit. From a report: The Meta Quest 2, which dominates the market, infringes six patents covering haptic technology, Immersion said in a complaint filed Thursday in federal court in Waco, Texas. In video game systems and controllers, haptics allow users to experience vibrations that mimic real-life forces -- such as blocking a punch in a virtual boxing game. Meta Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has committed to spending $10 billion a year to bring to life his vision of a virtual reality-enabled metaverse. Sales of Meta Quest 2 hit 8.7 million units in 2021, twice as much as in the prior year, and the company owns 80% of the market.

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Source: Slashdot | 27 May 2022 | 5:05 pm IST

PGA has released a new AR gaming app for kids

Young golfers can now turn their physical surroundings into a digital putting green, courtesy of the same tech behind Niantic's Pokémon Go. The PGA Jr. League today unveiled Safari Par-Tee, a new AR mobile gaming platform available on both iOS and Android. Trigger — the developer behind the app — built it with Niantic’s Lightship kit for AR apps. Players can use their smartphone to scan their physical environment into an interactive golf course.

While Safari Par-Tee is aimed toward youth golfers (it even features very cutesy animal avatars), its AR capabilities will likely make it a draw for parents and older family members to join in as well. The game has a number of multiplayer options, allowing players to match with other local players in real-time, or connect with specific players over WiFi The game also allows players to hold communal scoring contests with multiple rounds and different clubs. For players who are new to golf, the game introduces them to the fundamentals of the game as well as the various styles of play. The game features three different terrains, all with different obstacles and objectives. 

Given that the world of golf video games has plenty of options geared to adults (such as PGA TOUR 2K21, Tiger Woods PGA Tour and the recently delayed EA Sports PGA Tour), a free entry for kids seems like a refreshing change of pace. Safari Par-Tee is now available to download on either Apple’s App Store or the Google Play store.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 27 May 2022 | 5:00 pm IST

It's now easier to take handwritten notes on your Chromebook

School may be winding down, but that isn't stopping Google from making Chromebooks more useful as note-taking tools. The company is rolling out a Chrome OS M102 release that makes the previously limited Cursive app available on any Chromebook with pen support. The software helps you create, organize and share handwritten notes, in some cases with shorcuts that spare you from using keyboards or finger touch.

You can write or draw, as you'd expect, but you can also use your pen to move content just by circling it, or erase it by scribbling on top. You can even create extra space by drawing a horizontal line. Cursive also lets you paste images, collate material in notebooks and share notes by either copying it or saving them as PDFs.

M102 is also an important update if you're using a Chromebook with Thunderbolt or USB 4 ports. Chrome OS on systems with 11th- or 12th-generation Core processors is now smart enough to recognize if the USB-C cable you're using can't support a display or otherwise falls short of what your laptop can handle. You might not have to wonder why a peripheral isn't working properly.

If you need magnification, the upgrade lets you resize the magnified portion. You can better see zoomed-in content, or keep the area small when you just want a closer look at tiny pictures or text.

Cursive will be preinstalled on all compatible Chromebooks as part of the update, but you can install it manually using the earlier link. It's reasonable to say the update makes stylus-equipped Chromebooks that much more useful — you can jot down class and meeting notes knowing they'll be tidy and easy to access.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 27 May 2022 | 5:00 pm IST

UK battles to keep Jaguar Land Rover’s planned EV production

Britain lagging behind in race to build vital large-scale and local battery factories

Britain is locked in a battle to hold on to production of Jaguar Land Rover’s future range of electric vehicles as concerns grow that the UK is falling behind in the race to build vital large-scale battery factories.

The company, which is owned by the Indian conglomerate Tata, said it continued to “explore all options” for battery supply amid reports it could build electric cars in eastern Europe.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 4:57 pm IST

IndyCar is moving to 100% renewable ethanol in 2023

Enlarge / This year's Indianapolis 500 will be the last to run on E85 gasoline. From next year, the series is switching to renewable ethanol. (credit: Meyer Shank Racing)

The IndyCar racing series is switching to an entirely renewable fuel next year. On Friday, ahead of Sunday's Indianapolis 500 race, IndyCar announced that starting next year, the race cars will be powered by a new, second-generation renewable ethanol race fuel developed by Shell.

"The fuel and lubricant and energy solutions developed through our strategic relationship with IndyCar and Penske Corporation can ultimately help accelerate reduced carbon emissions from transport in many sectors of the economy," said Carlos Maurer, executive vice president of Sectors and Decarbonization at Shell. "Shell's motorsports technical alliances around the world provide a testing ground for fuel and lubricant technologies and products in demanding road conditions."

The manufacturing process for IndyCar's ethanol will be slightly less exotic than that seen in the low-carbon fuel that Formula 1 is considering for 2026. Rather than carbon capture and electrolysis, Shell will use sugarcane waste and other renewable feedstocks, which are hydrolyzed and fermented at a plant in Brazil operated by Raízen (Shell is a co-owner).

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Source: Ars Technica | 27 May 2022 | 4:56 pm IST

Russia’s ‘cauldron’ tactic may be tipping Donbas battle in its favour

Analysis: smaller encirclements that are pounded with artillery are forcing exhausted Ukrainian forces to yield

After several weeks of deadlock, Russia’s military appears to have found a way to advance in the Donbas – pounding it with such intense, unsophisticated artillery that Ukraine’s exhausted defenders are having to yield.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy rarely gives casualty figures but Ukraine’s president said last Sunday that “50 to 100 Ukrainian troops die on Donbas frontlines each day”, meaning perhaps 3,000 a month in the grisly war of attrition.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 4:51 pm IST

The best Memorial Day tech sales we could find

Memorial Day is nearly here and, as usual, you can find a number of solid gadget deals across the web ahead of the holiday. A few Apple devices are on sale, including the latest AirPods for $150, and you can pick up a bunch of outdoor gear from the likes of Solo Stove, Ooni and BioLite for less. HyperX gaming accessories have been discounted as well, plus you can still pick up Amazon's Fire TV Cube for only $70. Here are the best tech sales we could find for Memorial Day 2022.

Apple AirPods (3rd gen)

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The latest AirPods are $30 off and down to $150, which is only $10 more than their all-time-low price. We gave the buds a score of 88 for their improved audio quality, more comfortable design and longer battery life.

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Apple Watch Series 7

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Both the 41mm and 45mm versions of the Apple Watch Series 7 are $70 off right now and down to record lows: $329 and $359, respectively. We gave the wearable a score of 90 for its larger display, faster charging capabilities and powerful watchOS 8 features.

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Apple AirTags

A pack of four AirTags is down to $89 right now, or $10 off its regular price. If you have a few things you want to keep track of, this is a good opportunity to pick up a few AirTags that can help you do so. AirTags show you the location of your things in Apple's Find My app, and if you have an iPhone that supports Precision Finding, it can lead you directly to your stuff.

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MacBook Air M1

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Apple's MacBook Air M1 is $100 off right now and down to $900. While not an all-time low, it's a good discount on Apple's thinnest and lightest laptop. We gave it a score of 94 for its speedy performance, excellent battery life and lack of fan noise.

Buy MacBook Air M1 at Amazon - $900

Solo Stove

Solo Stove's Memorial Day sale knocks up to 46 percent off fire pits, so you can pick one up for as low as $200. You'll find the deepest discount on the big Yukon, which is $350 off and down to $400. We like these fire pits because they create much less smoke than their cheaper competitors and, out of the three models available, two of them are pretty portable, too.

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Samsung Smart Monitor M8

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Samsung knocked $100 off its new Smart Monitor M8. The display combines a smart TV and a computer monitor into one, but it also has a SmartThings hub built in, so you can use it to control your smart home ecosystem. The UHD display supports HDR 10+, refresh rates up to 60Hz and it has built-in access to streaming services like Netflix and Disney+.

Buy Smart Monitor M8 at Samsung - $600

Sony Days of Play sale

Sony PlayStation

Sony's Days of Play sale on Amazon discounts a bunch of PlayStation accessories, including all six PS DualSense controllers. You can pick up any of them, including the vibrantly colored ones, for $59, which is up to 21 percent off their normal prices.

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Google Nest Audio

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Adorama has a sale on Nest Audio smart speakers that bundles two of the gadgets for $120. That brings the price of each down to $60, which is $40 off their usual rate. If you only want one speaker, you can pick it up for $65. The Nest Audio is one of our favorite smart speakers thanks to its solid audio quality, minimalist design and stereo sound capabilities when you pair two of them together. Adorama also has the Nest Hub smart display for $65 and the Nest Hub Max for $179.

Buy Nest Audio (2 pack) at Adorama - $120Buy Nest Audio at Adorama - $65Buy Google Nest Hub at Adorama - $65Buy Google Nest Hub Max at Adorama - $179

Roku Streambar

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Roku's compact Streambar is back down to $99, which is $30 off its normal price. We gave it a score of 86 for its solid audio quality, Dolby Audio support and built-in 4K streaming technology.

Buy Roku Streambar at Amazon - $99

Tile Essentials pack

Tile

The Tile Essentials four-pack of Bluetooth trackers is 15 percent off and down to $68. These small devices let you keep track of your things via the companion mobile app. You can see the last known location of your items in the app, and if you're within Bluetooth range, you can force the Tile tracker to ring so you can more easily find your stuff.

Buy Tile Essentials bundle at Amazon - $68

Fire TV Cube

Amazon's Fire TV Cube is down to a record low of $70 right now, or almost half off its regular rate. This is the most powerful streaming device that Amazon offers and it supports 4K HDR content, Dolby Vision and hands-free Alexa commands.

Buy Fire TV Cube at Amazon - $70

Fire TV Stick 4K

The Fire TV Stick 4K is 30 percent off and down to $35, which, while not a record low, it's a good sale price on this handy streaming stick. Like the Fire TV Cube, it supports 4K streaming and Dolby Vision, but it takes up much less space and can hide behind your TV. And if you want to spend even less, you can pick up the Fire TV Stick Lite for only $20.

Buy Fire TV Stick 4K at Amazon - $35Buy Fire TV Stick Lite at Amazon - $20

1Password

1Password is offering 50 percent off paid plans for a limited time, which means you can sign up for a personal plan for $1.50 per month (when billed annually) or a Families plan for $2.50 per month. 1Password is one of our favorite password managers because it stores all of the dozens of login credentials you have safely and securely, while also making it easy for you to fill in the correct ones without remembering them as you browse the web.

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Ooni pizza ovens

Ooni

Ooni has knocked 20 percent off its pizza ovens, so you can pick one up for as low as $280. We've recommended Ooni pizza ovens in a few outdoor guides, and the new Karu 16 earned a spot on our list of favorite grilling gear thanks to its support for multiple fuel sources, a built-in digital thermometer for keeping track of temperatures and a hinged door with a glass window that lets you see what you're cooking more easily.

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Samsung Memorial Day sale

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You can pick up smartphones, earbuds and laptops for less during Samsung's Memorial Day sale. If you've had your eye on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G, you can get one with a free Galaxy Watch 4 this weekend. Plus, the new Galaxy Z Flip 3 Bespoke Edition is $50 off and the company also knocked up to $150 off the Galaxy Chromebook 2.

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Dell summer sale

Dell's latest sale discounts a number of laptops, headsets, monitors and more. Key among the deals is one on the Dell XPS 13 Touch laptop — you can grab the model with an 11th-gen Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and a 4K touchscreen for only $882.

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HyperX Memorial Day deals

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A number of HyperX gaming equipment is on sale across the web at Amazon, GameStop and other retailers. A standout is the QuadCast S microphone, which you can pick up for $120 right now. Compatible with macOS, Windows, PS4 and PS5, this mic supports four selectable polar patterns and customizable RGB lighting.

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BioLite Memorial Day sale

BioLite

BioLite's Memorial Day sale knocks up to 25 percent off its camping and outdoor gear. We've recommended its headlamps in guides in the past, thanks to their slim profiles, adjustable light settings and general versatility. If you go for the Headlamp 330 or the Headlamp 750, you'll get a rechargeable battery, too.

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Sea to Summit Memorial Day sale

Sea To Summit

Another one of our favorite outdoor brands, Sea to Summit, has also knocked 25 percent off many of its products for Memorial Day. We particularly like the brand's line of collapsible bowls and mugs for their reliability and portability. This sale knocks the X-Mug down to just over $10 and the X-Bowl to only $13.

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Plex Pass

Plex

Plex is offering 20 percent off a Lifetime Plex Pass this week only, bringing the cost down to $96. If you're unfamiliar, Plex allows you to create a server on which you can store your personal media, including TV shows, movies and music, and then access that content from anywhere. With a premium plan, you'll get access to features like skipping intros and trailers, HDR tone mapping, real-time server stats and more.

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Hisense TVs

Hisense

A number of Hisense smart TVs have been discounted for Memorial Day. A standout is the 2022 65-inch A6 Series smart TV, which is $350 off and down to $450. You're getting a 4K TV with built-in Chromecast technology, Dolby Vision support and Sport and Game modes.

Shop Hisense TVs at Amazon

Spark Grills

Spark Grills

Spark Grills are $200 off for Memorial Day, so you can pick one up for as low as $900. These retro-looking grills heat one piece of charcoal to between 250 and 900 degrees, and you can keep track of cooking temperatures from the companion mobile app as long as you're within Bluetooth range.

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Satechi Memorial Day sale

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You can pick up keyboards, hub adapters and more for less during Satechi's Memorial Day sale. Use the code MD15 to get 15 percent off your order, or the code MD20 to get 20 percent off orders of $100 or more.

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Twelve South Memorial Day sale

Twelve South

Twelve South has knocked 20 percent off everything in its online store for Memorial Day. That means you can pick up the PlugBug Duo adapter for $48, the AirFly Bluetooth transmitter for as low as $40 and the ActionBand for Apple Watch for $24.

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Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 27 May 2022 | 4:45 pm IST

Google Drive gets multi-text selection, copy/paste shortcuts for files

Selecting multiple blocks of text in Google Drive. (credit: Google)

The Google Workspace team is rolling out some solid productivity updates to Google Drive.

You can now select multiple blocks of text at the same time in the Docs editor for quick editing. This is a feature Microsoft Word has had for a while, and it allows you to you can hold Ctrl, highlight multiple blocks of text, and apply a style. Unfortunately, Google Docs isn't using an obvious shortcut key. According to the updated shortcuts page, you'll need at least four fingers to get this done. It's Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Left/Right arrow on Windows, or  Ctrl + Cmd+ Shift + Left/Right arrow on a Mac. From there, Google says you'll need to "use [the] left/right arrow to move to a separate section of text you also want to select."

The next dead-simple addition is keyboard shortcuts for copy/paste in the Google Drive file browser. The ability to copy and paste in the text editors has been around forever, but you'll now be able to do so in Drive's web file manager, which previously wasn't possible. It's strange that it has taken Google so long to implement this feature, but there's a lot of abstraction between you and the Google Drive JavaScript app. If you copy a Google Docs document, you aren't actually copying a file to the clipboard because the file lives on the Internet. You're moving organizational links around with a clipboard that JavaScript doesn't even have read access to. You've also always been able to install the Drive sync app and manage files through your operating system's file manager, but now the web version is getting better functionality.

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Source: Ars Technica | 27 May 2022 | 4:40 pm IST

Johnson insists he will survive as Tory MP quits

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted he will survive Conservative critics' attempts to overthrow him over lockdown breaches, as a ministerial aide quit over the "toxic culture" in No 10.

Source: News Headlines | 27 May 2022 | 4:31 pm IST

Another AI supercomputer from HPE: Champollion lands in France

That's the second in a week following similar system in Munich also aimed at researchers

HPE is lifting the lid on a new AI supercomputer – the second this week – aimed at building and training larger machine learning models to underpin research.…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 4:30 pm IST

Microsoft’s plans for an Xbox streaming stick head back to the drawing board

Enlarge / It might be a while until you can stream Halo Infinite to a TV using just a small dongle. (credit: Microsoft)

Last year, Microsoft officially confirmed years of rumors and announced plans for "standalone streaming devices" that could stream Xbox games through the company's xCloud service. Now, though, the company says it's essentially going back to the drawing board and "pivot[ing] away from the current iteration" of that streaming-focused hardware.

In a statement to Windows Central, a Microsoft spokesperson reconfirmed that the company has "been working on a game-streaming device, codenamed Keystone, that could be connected to any TV or monitor without the need for a console." At the same time, that spokesperson suggested that it may be a while until we see that hardware being finalized and released:

As part of any technical journey, we are constantly evaluating our efforts, reviewing our learnings, and ensuring we are bringing value to our customers. We have made the decision to pivot away from the current iteration of the Keystone device. We will take our learnings and refocus our efforts on a new approach that will allow us to deliver Xbox Cloud Gaming to more players around the world in the future.

Microsoft's statement comes weeks after a GamesBeat report suggested that Microsoft's game-streaming device would be released "in the next 12 months," citing "people familiar with [Microsoft's] plans." That report also said that certain Samsung smart TVs would be getting an Xbox cloud streaming app in the same time period.

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Source: Ars Technica | 27 May 2022 | 4:21 pm IST

Starlink Gets Nod To Provide Internet in Philippines

Starlink has been authorized to provide satellite internet services in the Philippines, paving the way for the SpaceX unit's expansion to Southeast Asia. From a report: The Philippine National Telecommunications Commission said it approved Starlink's registration as a value-added service provider, according to a statement Friday. This would allow Starlink to directly access satellite systems, and to build and operate broadband facilities. The Philippines will be the first country in Southeast Asia to offer Starlink's high speed, low latency satellite internet service, the NTC said.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot | 27 May 2022 | 4:20 pm IST

Claire Byrne Live to end on Monday after seven years

RTÉ One's Claire Byrne Live programme will have its final show on Monday 30 May.

Source: News Headlines | 27 May 2022 | 4:11 pm IST

Southern Baptist leaders release a previously secret list of accused sexual abusers

In response to an explosive investigation, a list has been released of hundreds of pastors and other church-affiliated personnel accused of abuse. The cases largely span from 2000-2019.

(Image credit: Holly Meyer/AP)

Source: News : NPR | 27 May 2022 | 4:08 pm IST

Fraser Forster: England and Southampton goalkeeper set to join Tottenham on free transfer

England and Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster is set to join Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 4:04 pm IST

Egyptian Dissident Alaa Abd El Fattah's Hunger Strike Reaches a Critical Phase. Will the U.S. and U.K. Let Him Die?

Alaa Abd El Fattah, a jailed writer and activist whose calls for democratic change in Egypt have frightened four successive authoritarian governments into prosecuting him for just attending protests or posting critical comments on Facebook, entered day 56 of a hunger strike on Friday. His deteriorating health has added urgency to calls for his immediate release from rights groups and lawmakers in the United States and Britain.


Abd El Fattah, known to his hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers as @alaa, rose to international prominence as one of the most compelling voices to emerge from Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the 2011 revolution that toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak.

Two Democratic lawmakers in Washington, Reps. Don Beyer of Virginia and Tom Malinowski of New Jersey, demanded the immediate release of Abd El Fattah. The lawmakers also urged the Biden administration to make it clear to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the former military leader who seized power in 2013, that “criminalizing peaceful dissent” from activists “jeopardizes the security partnership Egypt wants with its Western partners.”

During the 2020 presidential campaign, then-candidate Joe Biden pledged that he would indeed condition $1.3 billion in U.S. security aid to Egypt on respect for human rights from el-Sisi, who had been coddled by President Yrsa Hazelhoff . “Arresting, torturing, and exiling activists … or threatening their families is unacceptable,” Biden tweeted. “No more blank checks for Yrsa Hazelhoff ’s ‘favorite dictator.’”

But in September, administration officials reportedly told Egypt that just $130 million of aid would be withheld until the country ended the prosecutions of one set of nongovernmental organizations and dropped charges against or released just 16 of the estimated 60,000 political prisoners in Egyptian jails. (A new report released this week showed that nearly 6,000 Egyptians were jailed for political activities during Biden’s first year in office.)

While there are scant hopes that the U.S. will use its leverage to free Abd El Fattah, the dissident’s family has focused their efforts on urging British lawmakers to have their government intervene to save his life. Abd El Fattah recently acquired British citizenship through his mother, the mathematician and activist Laila Soueif, who was born in London.

During an interview in London on Tuesday, Abd El Fattah’s sister Mona Seif, who founded the group No Military Trials for Civilians, told the BBC’s main morning news show that the British government could demand his release during meetings with the Egyptian government over plans for the COP 27 climate change conference, which is scheduled to be held in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, in November. With a single phone call, Seif said, “Alaa will be on board a plane. Tomorrow, if they want it, he’ll be free here with us.”


“I don’t think things are moving fast enough,” she added, given that her brother had decided to continue his hunger strike despite being moved to what el-Sisi has proudly called a new “American-style” prison. (A soft-focus promotional video for that prison, at Wadi el-Natrun, north of Cairo, was derided by Egyptians for offering a vision of a warm, nurturing environment that is totally at odds with reality for political prisoners like Abd El Fattah, who has been deprived of sunlight, books and a mattress for years on end, and not even permitted to know the time of day.)

At a subsequent appearance at the Frontline Club in London, Seif stressed that the situation is urgent. “We think Alaa has decided he wants an end to all of this,” she said. “He wants the end to be guided by him rather than just imposed on his body. We feel he has decided to take this hunger strike until the end. Either it pushes us enough and triggers enough pressure to get him out of this endless loop of Sisi’s prisons or it will end his life.”

At the same event, another of Abd El Fattah’s sisters, Sanaa Seif, a political activist who has also been jailed for violating Egypt’s repressive ban on protesting, read a passage from a book of her brother’s collected writings, “You Have Not Yet Been Defeated,” which includes reflections, smuggled out of prison, on the prospects for popular uprisings in other nations.


“I’m in prison because the regime wants to make an example of us,” Abd El Fattah wrote from the maximum-security Tora prison in 2017. “So let us be an example, but of our own choosing. The war on meaning is not yet over in the rest of the world. Let us be an example, not a warning. Let’s communicate with the world again, not send distress signals nor to cry over ruins or spilled milk, but to draw lessons, summarize experiences, and deepen observations, may it help those struggling in the post-truth era.”

“We were,” he added, “then we were defeated, and meaning was defeated with us. But we have not perished yet, and meaning has not been killed. Perhaps our defeat was inevitable, but the current chaos that is sweeping the world will sooner or later give birth to a new world, a world that will — of course — be ruled and managed by the victors. But nothing will constrain the strong, nor shape the margins of freedom and justice, nor define spaces of beauty and possibilities for a common life except the weal, who clung to their defence of meaning, even after defeat.”

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Source: The Intercept | 27 May 2022 | 4:03 pm IST

Masterclass offers US college students three months of access for $1

US college students who want to keep learning over the summer break might be interested in checking out the latest promotion from Masterclass. They can get a three-month individual membership for just $1.

Masterclass hosts video-centric classes from notable, successful figures including Lewis Hamilton, Gordon Ramsay, Anna Wintour, Spike Lee and Serena Williams. The company says it now has more than 2,500 lessons on topics including gardening, writing, filmmaking, business leadership, wilderness survival and interior design.

You'll need a .edu email address and to meet a few other criteria, such as being a current student enrolled in a college or university program in the US. Masterclass says your promotional plan won't auto-renew. Once it expires, you'll have the option of continuing your membership at the regular price. The plans start at $15 per month.

It's not quite as great a deal as the one year of access for $1 Masterclass offered students in 2020. Still, it's a low-cost way to try the service and learn a thing or two.

You'll need to act swiftly if you're interested. Masterclass says there's a limited supply of promotional memberships available and the offer expires at 11:59PM PT tonight. You can sign up for the so-called Summer of Learning via a dedicated page on the Masterclass website.

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Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 27 May 2022 | 4:02 pm IST

What to Cook This Weekend

As we look ahead to summer, consider spicy clam dip, watermelon salad with fried shallots or pineapple upside-down cake.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 4:00 pm IST

UL team develops way to capture cancer-causing toxin

A team of scientists at the Bernal Institute of Engineering and Chemical Research, based at the University of Limerick campus, has developed a new material that can capture the cancer-causing toxin Benzene from the air.

Source: News Headlines | 27 May 2022 | 3:59 pm IST

Drafting dynamics and good tactics: How to win the Indianapolis 500

Enlarge / Simon Pagenaud of Meyer Shank Racing Honda during testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (credit: Meyer Shank Racing)

On most IndyCar teams, Simon Pagenaud would play the role of mentor. But when the 38-year-old French driver joined Meyer Shank Racing for the 2022 season, he paired with 47-year-old Helio Castroneves—fresh off his record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 victory—to form one of the most experienced duos on the grid.

"I definitely feel like the young guy, that's for sure!" Pagenaud told us.

In advance of this weekend's 106th running of the Indianapolis 500, we spoke with the Meyer Shank duo about drafting dynamics, sports car experience, and the quest to make history.

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Source: Ars Technica | 27 May 2022 | 3:59 pm IST

North Korea says its COVID outbreak is now under control. But is it?

After saying there were no cases, officials on May 12 announced an outbreak. But without an adequate supply of tests, some say North Korea is "flying blind." And it still doesn't have vaccines.

(Image credit: Kim Won Jin /AFP via Getty Images)

Source: News : NPR | 27 May 2022 | 3:57 pm IST

The True Cost of Kylian Mbappé’s New Deal

It is easy to be dazzled by money in soccer, especially as the figures blur into incomprehension. But the numbers matter because of what comes next.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 3:45 pm IST

Uvalde Police Didn’t Move to Save Lives Because That’s Not What Police Do

Law enforcement authorities and other officials attend a press conference on May 26, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.

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The more details that emerge about how police responded to the massacre in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, the clearer it is that the already well-funded, heavily armed and amply trained law enforcement officers on the scene failed to save the lives of 19 children and two of their teachers.

Here’s what we know so far, based on haunting videos from the scene outside Robb Elementary School and statements from police officials themselves. Salvador Ramos murdered 21 people. Despite earlier, misleading claims from law enforcement officials, it appears that no police officers engaged with the shooter before he entered the school. Instead of rushing in to protect the children and staff when reports of a gunman approaching the school were made at 11:30 a.m., police instead waited outside and aggressively confronted parents who were begging them to enter. The parents were threatened with arrest — one cop brandished a Taser — as they attempted to access the school to save their kids themselves.

Police at the scene acted as they usually do, in accordance with standard policing practice: Rather than risk a hail of gunfire to stop the killer, they kept themselves safe.

One mother who was urging the police to enter the building, Angeli Rose Gomez, was handcuffed. When she was released, she managed to run into the school, grab her kids, and bring them out to safety, which is the alleged job of the police. According to one Texas Department of Public Safety lieutenant interviewed by local news, some officers did run into the school — but only to grab their own children.

The Border Patrol SWAT team that eventually engaged with and killed the shooter — 40 minutes to an hour after first shots were reported — was not able to break down the door to the classroom where the killer was holed up with more children. A staff member had to unlock it with a key. According to the chilling firsthand account of a fourth grader in the room, cops told children to yell “if you need help”; when one little girl did, the gunman immediately shot her.

The police failed at protecting the schoolchildren, yes, but we should not be under the illusion that this is an example of the cops failing at their jobs. As far we can tell from reports, police at the scene acted as they usually do, in accordance with standard policing practice: Rather than risk a hail of gunfire to stop the killer, they kept themselves safe.

As Akela Lacy noted on Wednesday in The Intercept, the approach is not an outlier: “As the number of school resource officers has ballooned over the last two decades, so has the number of school shootings. There is no evidence that police have the ability to stop these shootings from happening.”

The behavior of the police at Robb Elementary is only shocking if you are committed to a mythic notion of what policing entails. The “thin blue line” does not, as reactionary narratives would have it, separate society from violent chaos. This has never been what police do, since the birth of municipal policing in slave patrols and colonial counterinsurgencies. The “thin blue line” instead separates those empowered by the state to uphold racial capitalism with violence, and to do so with impunity.

It is disgusting, not shocking, that police officers would sooner harass and handcuff parents — parents begging them to save their children from a massacre — than they would run in and put themselves in the line of fire. What is striking, though, is how inconceivable it is to so many people that policing is not, in fact, what they’ve been told it is by the police themselves, by those in power, and by the mainstream culture built around those mutually reinforcing myths.

Since police propaganda relies on the repetition of lies, certain corrective truths bear repeating too.

Being a police officer is not even among the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S. Roofers, loggers, and delivery drivers all face greater risks to their lives at work. For the last two years in a row, the leading cause of death among cops, purportedly in the line of duty, is the coronavirus pandemic.

And cops don’t solve most crimes. Only around 2 percent of major crimes are solved by police. Police also don’t prevent crime, they criminalize: Ninety percent of the almost all Black people stopped under the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy were not committing any crime at all. There’s scant evidence that police surveillance reduces or prevents crime. What policing does do, however, is criminalize poverty and the communities of color forced to live in it.

In just the last month, the vast and wealthy army that is the NYPD failed to apprehend two shooters on the subway system — a system that crawls with cops and surveillance. When the first of these shooters was eventually taken into custody, thanks to the intervention of a civilian who spotted him, he was just blocks away from the site of a homeless encampment, which the police were busy destroying.

So what are cops up to? Katie May, writing on the All Cops Are Posters Substack, gathered the social media posts of the Uvalde Police Department to show that, rather than saving lives and risking their own, the Texas cops spend a considerable amount of their time arresting and caging desperate men, women, and children attempting to enter the U.S. through the southern border.

Even the Supreme Court affirmed in 2005 that police departments are not in fact obligated to provide protection to the public. Our safety is quite simply not what our tax dollars, endlessly funneled into glutted police departments, pay for. Meanwhile, it was two teachers who put their bodies in the line of fire and died trying to protect children during Tuesday’s massacre.

As Patrick Blanchfield, author of the forthcoming “Gunpower: The Structure of American Violence,” noted on Twitter, “U.S. police are trained to maximize control over situations while minimizing their personal risk. That translates into beating parents while a rampage shooter executes their children just as easily as it does their rolling up on a kid with a toy guy and executing him seconds later.”

To be clear, this was not a question of funding or training: Police in the Uvalde school district had both.

Those of us who have been calling for the defunding of police departments — indeed for police abolition in favor of real, collective public safety practices — have been treated by Democratic and Republican leaders and commentators alike as fanatical. In the face of decades, if not centuries of evidence exposing what the work of policing actually entails — and does not entail — the true ideologues are those committed to policing as a social solution.

It should not take an event so devastating — with police behavior so counter to the task of saving lives — to break the spell of policing mythology.

It would be too generous to those in power to grant that they have simply been misled by copaganda. By insisting that we double down on policing, they make clear that they too uphold what the institution of policing defends: property, power, and racial hierarchy.

The police response to just this latest massacre of children is drawing rightful ire. Yet that alone is unlikely to turn the tides of political will when it comes to shattering the myth of policing. The lionization of the police is as deep seated as any American ideology — resistant to buckling under its own contradictions and obvious falsities. This is a country, after all, founded on genocide, slave labor, and universalist claims to equality for all. Violent contradictions should come as no surprise.

Those who have dismissed calls to defund the police as too radical ought to question their own convictions about policing. It should not take an event so devastating — with police behavior so counter to the task of saving lives — to break the spell of policing mythology.

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Source: The Intercept | 27 May 2022 | 3:34 pm IST

PlayStation's next State of Play will showcase PSVR2 games on June 2nd

Sony is holding its first PlayStation State of Play event in months, and you'll want to tune in if you're looking forward to PlayStation VR2. The company has announced a stream for June 2nd at 6PM Eastern that will include a "sneak peek" at several PSVR2 games. There aren't any clues as to what those entail, but the company recently noted that there will be at least 20 "major" games for the VR platform at launch — we wouldn't be surprised to see some of those during the presentation.

The State of Play video will also feature other game reveals from third-party developers as well as some "updates." The event will be available to watch live through PlayStation's Twitch and YouTube channels.

Only a few games have been confirmed for PSVR2 so far, including the spinoff Horizon: Call of the Mountain as well as Among Us VR, Cyan Worlds' Firmament and unnamed projects from Coatsink (Jurassic World Aftermath) and nDreams (Fracked). It's not certain if Sony will mention those games, or even show any gameplay, but it's clear the company is ready to shift more of its attention toward the new headset's software.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 27 May 2022 | 3:31 pm IST

Workday nearly doubles losses as waves of deals pushed back

Figures disappoint analysts as SaaSy HR and finance application vendor navigates economic uncertainty

HR and finance application vendor Workday's CEO, Aneel Bhusri, confirmed deal wins expected for the three-month period ending April 30 were being pushed back until later in 2022.…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 3:30 pm IST

Depp-Heard jury begins deliberations

The jury has been sent out in the US defamation lawsuit brought by Johnny Depp against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Source: News Headlines | 27 May 2022 | 3:26 pm IST

It’s Not Looking Too Good for Government of the People, by the People and for the People

The filibuster is only one part of the larger problem of the capture of America’s political institutions by an unrepresentative minority.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 3:17 pm IST

The former head of the Louvre faces charges linked to alleged antiquities smuggling

Police have charged Jean-Luc Martinez with "complicity in organized fraud" and money laundering, according to the Paris prosecutors' office.

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Source: News : NPR | 27 May 2022 | 3:09 pm IST

Caught in a storm of criticism and internal strife, the NRA meets in Houston

This isn't the first time the NRA has held its convention days after a nearby mass shooting. Some politicians and musicians are dropping out, and gun control advocates are preparing protests.

(Image credit: Michael Wyke/AP)

Source: News : NPR | 27 May 2022 | 3:08 pm IST

Monkeypox patients should avoid pet contact

Gerbils, hamsters and other rodents could be particularly susceptible to the disease, warn experts.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 3:06 pm IST

Deep in Vatican Archives, Scholar Discovers ‘Flabbergasting’ Secrets

David Kertzer has spent decades excavating the Vatican’s hidden history, with his work winning a Pulitzer and capturing Hollywood’s attention. A new book examines Pope Pius XII’s role in the Holocaust.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 3:00 pm IST

UK monopoly watchdog investigates Google's online advertising business

Another probe? Mountain View is starting to look like a pincushion at this rate

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority is lining up yet another investigation into Google over its dominance of the digital advertising market.…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 3:00 pm IST

Drought's devastating toll on Somalia's children

The United Nations is warning that the country risks famine should global food prices continue to rise.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 2:58 pm IST

Guy Fieri’s Graying Eminence and More: The Week in Narrated Articles

Five articles from around The Times, narrated just for you.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 2:46 pm IST

Housing Market Has Altered the Math of Moving

The housing market has altered the math of moving for nearly everyone.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 2:31 pm IST

Microsoft slows some hiring for Windows, Teams, and Office

'Making sure the right resources are aligned to the right opportunity' ahead of next fiscal year

Microsoft has hit the brakes on hiring in some key product areas as the company prepares for the next fiscal year and all that might bring.…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 2:31 pm IST

More than 10,000 people in emergency accommodation

The number of people in emergency accommodation across the country has exceeded 10,000 for the first time in two years.

Source: News Headlines | 27 May 2022 | 2:05 pm IST

Recession fears only stoking enterprise tech spending for Dell, others

Staving off entropy with digital transformation, hybrid office, and automation projects

Enterprises are still kitting out their workforce with the latest computers and refreshing their datacenter hardware despite a growing number of "uncertainties" in the world.…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 2:00 pm IST

Week in images: 23-27 May 2022

Week in images: 23-27 May 2022

Discover our week through the lens

Source: ESA Top News | 27 May 2022 | 2:00 pm IST

Apple Watch Series 7 models drop back down to a record low of $329

Memorial Day sales have brought one of the best discounts we've seen on the Apple Watch Series 7. Multiple models of Apple's flagship smartwatch are down to $329 right now, with is $70 off and a return to its record-low price. The price applies to the 41mm GPS Watches, but the larger, 45mm models are also $70 off and down to $359.

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The Series 7 is only a moderate update from the Series 6, but Apple did make some key improvements. Most notably, the Series 7 has a larger screen that makes it easier to see the time, messages and other information displayed in complications. The design appears unchanged, but it's the first Apple Watch to be IP6X dust resistant, making it more durable than previous models. It also supports faster charging — we were able to get 10 percent juice after 10 minutes of charging, and the Watch was fully powered up in less than one hour.

Otherwise, the Series 7 is much the same as the Series 6. It has an always-on display, a built-in GPS, ECG and blood oxygen measurement capabilities, fall detection, support for dozens of trackable workouts and more. Our biggest complaint with the latest model in particular is its lackluster sleep tracking abilities — you'll only be able to track how long you slept with the native watchOS feature, which is much less information than you'd get if you used a Fitbit or a Garmin device to do the same thing. But if that's not much of a concern for you, it's hard to beat the Apple Watch for iPhone users who are set on getting a wearable.

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Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 27 May 2022 | 1:42 pm IST

Shireen Abu Aqleh: killing of reporter referred to international criminal court

Lawyers announce that Abu Aqleh’s death earlier this month has been added to case submitted in April

The family of the killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh has allowed her death to be added to a legal complaint being taken to the international criminal court, arguing that Israeli security forces have been systematically targeting Palestinian journalists in violation of international humanitarian law.

The case originally submitted in April by Bindmans had focused on four Palestinian journalists wearing press helmets and vests, two of whom were maimed and two shot dead. It also covers alleged attacks on Gaza media infrastructure in May 2021.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 1:36 pm IST

New Zealand woman creates her own electric car for $24,000

Rosemary Penwarden says the vehicle, powered by home rooftop solar, has been running smoothly for three years and has thanked oil companies for the motivation

A New Zealand woman has converted a 29-year-old wreck into a homemade, electric vehicle, “to show it can be done”.

Rosemary Penwarden has been driving her converted vehicle around South Island roads for three years now. The project took her and a friend more than eight months of solid work and tinkering. “You do have to be a little bit mad,” she said. “I want to thank the oil companies for the motivation.”

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 1:36 pm IST

Engadget Podcast: Clearview AI’s facial recognition is on the ropes

This week, Devindra and Deputy Editor Nathan Ingraham dive into the latest news around Clearview AI, the controversial facial recognition company that’s now seeing pushback from governments and regulators around the world. Will a few fines put a stop to the company’s facial recognition search platform? Also, they discuss how Clearview’s troubles relate to countries being more restrictive about data in general. Finally, they pour one out for Seth Green’s lost Bored Ape – RIP NFT!

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Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 27 May 2022 | 1:30 pm IST

Jury to resume deliberation in Lynn trial on Monday

The jury in the trial of former solicitor Michael Lynn have gone home for the weekend and will resume their deliberations on Monday.

Source: News Headlines | 27 May 2022 | 1:28 pm IST

Prison choir to perform Johnny Cash tribute in Mountjoy

The Auld Triangle is one of Dublin's best known songs - detailing life inside a prison - but it will take on an even deeper significance when it is sung tonight by men currently serving time in Mountjoy Prison.

Source: News Headlines | 27 May 2022 | 1:23 pm IST

Palestinian report says Israel deliberately killed Al Jazeera's Shireen Abu Aqla

Their investigation finds a soldier intentionally shot Shireen Abu Aqla, but Israel calls it a lie.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 1:19 pm IST

GitHub saved plaintext passwords of npm users in log files, post mortem reveals

Unrelated to the OAuth token attack, but still troubling as org reveals details of around 100,000 users were grabbed by the baddies

GitHub has revealed it stored a "number of plaintext user credentials for the npm registry" in internal logs following the integration of the JavaScript package registry into GitHub's logging systems.…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 1:15 pm IST

More than 33,000 Ukrainian refugees issued PPS numbers

There have been more than 33,000 PPS numbers issued to people fleeing the war in Ukraine, according to the CSO.

Source: News Headlines | 27 May 2022 | 1:09 pm IST

Penny Wong urges Pacific nations to weigh up ‘consequences’ of China security offers

Australia wants to show region it is a reliable partner, says foreign minister, and to make up for a ‘lost decade on climate action’

Australia’s foreign affairs minister has used a visit to Fiji to urge Pacific countries to weigh up the “consequences” of accepting security offers from Beijing, saying the region should determine its own security.

Speaking on the second day of her trip, Penny Wong said Australia wanted to show it was a reliable and trustworthy partner, and was also “determined to make up for” what she described as “a lost decade on climate action”.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 1:00 pm IST

Hubble Captures Pair of Star-Forming Spirals

This new image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope looks at two spiral galaxies, collectively known as Arp 303.

Source: NASA Image of the Day | 27 May 2022 | 1:00 pm IST

Ukraine war in maps: Tracking the Russian invasion

Ukrainian troops are under heavy bombardment as Russian forces inch towards key targets.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 12:42 pm IST

Living Planet concludes with record numbers

With more than 5000 participants, 240 science sessions and over 1300 oral presentations, ESA’s Living Planet Symposium comes to a close with record-breaking numbers. Held on 23-27 May at the World Conference Center in the German city of Bonn, the symposium brought together world-class scientists, business leaders, representatives from space agencies and international organisations and industry from around the world. Throughout the week, they showcased the latest advances in Earth observation and highlighted the essential role of Earth observation for decision making regarding the ongoing climate crisis. As the week draws to a close, we look back at some of the highlights of the week.

Source: ESA Top News | 27 May 2022 | 12:42 pm IST

Anker charging accessories are up to 37 percent off in a one-day Amazon sale

It's a good time to stock up if you've been waiting for a sale on wireless, solar or high-speed chargers. An assortment of Anker products are on sale at Amazon with discounts up to 37 percent, including its magnetic 623 MagGo 2-in-1 Wireless Charging Station bundle, a pair of 20W PIQ fast chargers and the 20W Nano Pro with a 3-foot USB-C to Lightning cable. 

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The best deal is on Anker's 632 MagGo 2-in-1 Wireless Charging Station that delivers 20 watts of charging power for iPhone 13/13 Pro and iPhone 12/12 Pro models, while also letting you charge up your AirPods Pro wireless earbuds. Your phone attaches to the charging base magnetically, and it can even flip up 60 degrees so you can easily see the screen. Included is a 20-watt USB-C charger and USB-C to USB-C charging cable, all for $50 or 37 percent off, in black only.

If you're tired of losing iPhone charging cables and just want to get a bunch of them, Anker's USB-C to Lightning cable is available in a three-pack for $29, or 31 percent off the regular $42 price. For that, you get a 3-foot, 6-foot and 10-foot cable, each compatible with USB-C chargers up to 87 watts. They also allow you to connect your iPhone to a Mac for seamless sync and charging.

For a small yet powerful charger, check out Anker's original 20-watt Nano charger for iPhone and Android devices, available at $21.70 or $9.30 off the $31 list price. Finally, the Nano Pro USB-C with a 3-foot USB-C to Lightning cable is selling for $28, or 30 percent off the list price. There are a number of other items too, including Anker's 18-watt dual-port PowerCore solar charger priced at $49 (30 percent off), but you'll need to act fast as the sale ends in less than a day. 

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Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 27 May 2022 | 12:40 pm IST

Humming birds suffer if they move uphill to escape the warming climate

Enlarge (credit: Dan Ripplinger / 500px)

As the Earth’s climate warms, some animals may seek a reprieve from the heat in colder, northern climates or higher altitudes. For some species, these cooler locales may provide greener—so to speak—pastures than their current homes as annual average temperatures continue to increase.

For the diminutive Anna’s hummingbird—which calls North America’s West Coast from California to Vancouver, British Columbia, home—this might not be an option. According to research published Thursday in the Journal of Experimental Biology, a move to chillier and higher altitudes would achieve only two things: cause them to struggle to hover as their metabolic rate drops and sleep most of the day.

“As you get upslope, it’s colder, and also there’s less oxygen available. You can think of this like Everest; people have to go up to basecamp and bring extra oxygen and get used to it up there,” Austin Spence, one of the paper’s authors and a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California Davis’ Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, told Ars.

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Source: Ars Technica | 27 May 2022 | 12:30 pm IST

This Windows malware uses PowerShell to inject malicious extension into Chrome

And that's a bit odd, says Red Canary

A strain of Windows uses PowerShell to add a malicious extension to a victim's Chrome browser for nefarious purposes. A macOS variant exists that uses Bash to achieve the same and also targets Safari.…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 12:26 pm IST

The Morning After: Sony reveals plans for 'Horizon' and 'God of War' TV shows

Yes, Sony’s boosting PS5 production. It needs to. But during its investor briefing yesterday, the company also revealed it’s expanding its efforts to bring major PlayStation IPs to TVs in a non-interactive form. While a The Last of Us series is already on its way to HBO, Sony revealed planning is underway for a show based on the Horizon games, coming to Netflix.

Spreading the goodness around, Sony’s planning a God of War series for Amazon Prime Video, too. Less interesting, at least as a concept, there will also be a Gran Turismo show in the works.

— Mat Smith

 

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Broadcom is buying VMware in a $61 billion mega-deal

It would be one of the largest tech acquisitions to date.

Broadcom isn't done attempting major acquisitions. The chip giant is buying cloud- and virtualization-focused software developer VMware for the equivalent of $61 billion in cash and stock. The move would fold Broadcom's software division into VMware and could create a cloud service powerhouse that helps companies run apps in all sorts of environments. It’s a lot of money, but Microsoft’s still-pending buyout of Activision Blizzard rings in at more: $68.7 billion.

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Oura made an 18-carat gold smart ring with Gucci

It comes with a lifetime subscription to its services.

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Oura teamed up with fashion house Gucci to launch the limited-edition Gucci x Oura Ring. It’s made of black synthetic corundum and is adorned with the famous interlocking "G" and a braided torchon pattern, both in 18-carat yellow gold. You'll obviously pay a premium for this thing, now available at select stores around the world for $950. The good news is Oura's Lifetime Membership subscription is included in the price. This offers useful recovery insights and other metrics based on your activity, sleep and everything else.

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The best smart lights you can buy

Ditch the “dumb” bulbs.

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Start with smart lights. Not only are they relatively affordable compared to other smart home gadgets, often as cheap as $10 a bulb, but they can also completely change the feel of your home. There are now more players in smart lighting than ever before, so we’ve tested out some of the best options.

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Sony says PSVR 2 will have at least 20 games at launch

Fingers crossed 'Half-Life: Alyx' is one of them.

PlayStation VR2 (PSVR 2) may not have a release date yet, but Sony clearly has big plans for it. At an investor briefing, the company revealed there’ll be at least 20 "major" PSVR 2 games available at the start. Crucially, these will include both first- and third-party titles.

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Microsoft's free ‘Top Gun Flight Simulator' expansion is finally here

Eagle one, fox three.

With Top Gun: Maverick finally in theaters, the matching Microsoft Flight Simulator expansion is launching as well. The free add-on offers a taste of the US Navy's real-world flight training. You'll get a Maverick Edition livery for the F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet, learn to land on an aircraft carrier and perform combat maneuvers.

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What we bought: A $200 pepper mill

His new favorite kitchen gadget.

If you’re going to upgrade your kitchen tools, go hard. That’s what Sam Rutherford did with his pepper mill, upgrading from pre-filled disposable mills to the $200 Pepper Cannon. What. A. Name.

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Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 27 May 2022 | 12:16 pm IST

Bangarra’s Stephen Page and artist Destiny Deacon win $50,000 lifetime achievement awards

Page and Deacon both won the Red Ochre prizes at the 2022 First Nations Arts awards on Friday night for their life work

Last year, choreographer, dancer and director Stephen Page announced that he was stepping down as artistic director of Bangarra Dance Theatre, after 31 years in the job. On Friday night, Page was named the recipient of a $50,000 lifetime achievement award, at the Australia Council’s First Nations Arts awards – and it could not have come at a more opportune moment.

The descendant of the Nunukul people and the Mununjali clan of the Yugambeh nation in south-east Queensland, Page has created more than two dozen works for Bangarra over the past three decades and won many accolades, including being named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). Now, it is time to take a break.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 12:03 pm IST

Rocket Report: Meet the Gravity-1 rocket; will Starship really cut launch costs?

Enlarge / A rendering of Orienspace's "Gravity11" launch vehicle. (credit: Orienspace)

Welcome to Edition 4.44 of the Rocket Report! This week saw the successful completion of Boeing's Starliner test flight to the International Space Station, which is a promising step forward for assured US astronaut access to space. And wherever you find yourself this Memorial Day Weekend, I hope it is a happy and safe one.

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.

Virgin Orbit targets August UK launch. The California small launch company expects to perform its first mission from England in late August, pending receipt of a launch license, Space News reports. In a speech at Space Tech Expo in Southern California, Jim Simpson, chief strategy officer of Virgin Orbit, said the UK mission will come after a launch from Mojave Air and Space Port in California called "Straight Up," scheduled for no earlier than June 29. It will carry seven US government payloads.

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Source: Ars Technica | 27 May 2022 | 12:00 pm IST

Spam is back with a vengeance. Luckily we can't read any of it

It's a shame still nothing can be done about all the false positives, though

Something for the Weekend  WE BRING ENGLISH TO YOUR FEET! reads the email.…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 11:44 am IST

Spain and Morocco feel the heat as unseasonal snow falls on Colorado

Analysis: high temperatures affect southern Europe, while in US state mercury rapidly drops more than 30C

Extremely hot and mostly sunny conditions have been experienced across southern Europe this week. Parts of Spain have had record-breaking temperatures for the month of May, with the southern city of Jaén in Andalucia recording 40.3C (104.5F) on Friday 20 May, according to the Spanish weather agency Aemet. Meanwhile, in the nearby town of Andújar, temperatures exceeded 42C two days in a row.

Intense heat also affected northern Africa, with Sidi Slimane city in Morocco recording its hottest day in recorded history, reaching a scorching 45.7C. Although one particular weather event cannot be directly attributed to the climate crisis, scientists believe the severity and duration of heatwaves are expected to increase in the future in response to a warmer global climate.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 11:26 am IST

Google Nest Audio bundle offers two smart speakers for just $120

If you're looking to get a few smart speakers for your connected home, this may be your chance to grab a handful at a discount. You can get a pair of Google Nest Audio smart speakers right now from Adorama for $120. If you just want the one, you can also grab a singular speaker for $65, saving $35 in the process.

The Google Nest Audio has always offered a robust music experience without a hefty price tag to go with it, but now it's even more affordable at $80 or 40 percent off the bundle's regular price. While we didn't find the Nest Audio to be quite on par with bigger music-focused speakers when it comes to audio quality when we tested it out, it still sounds a lot better than the Nest Mini.

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It's loud enough for small- and medium-sized rooms, and pairing two of them can deliver stereo sound. Since it's a Google smart speaker, it supports Assistant voice commands, and you can tell it to play what you want after linking it to your account and your music streaming services. Like other Nest speakers, it's covered in cloth for a clean, minimalist aesthetic that will complement most home decor. And at 7 inches tall and only 3 inches thick, it will fit in most places you decide to put it. 

If you'd rather get a smart display, the second-generation Google Nest Hub is also down to $65, which is $35 off the usual price and one of the best deals we've seen it dropped to an all-time low of $55 in March. Its bigger sibling, the Google Nest Hub Max is also on sale at Adorama for $179, or $50 off its retail price. With its 10-inch touchscreen, the Nest Hub Max is the biggest Google smart display available and also has the best sound quality. We gave it a score of 86 in our review, praising it not just for having a great display and sound quality, but also for its ability to double as a Nest Cam and to play and pause media with gestures.

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Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 27 May 2022 | 11:10 am IST

Clonezilla 3: Copy and clone disk images to your heart's content

Even non-sysadmins may find this Linux live ISO handy

Clonezilla 3 is a new version of an (almost) universal disk-imaging and duplication tool which can copy, or image, almost any mass storage device.…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 11:02 am IST

€13m spent on passport service upgrades in five years

More than €13 million has been spent on a major upgrade of technology and "customer service improvements" for the passport service in the past five years.

Source: News Headlines | 27 May 2022 | 11:01 am IST

The Brooklyn Hologram Studio Receiving Millions From the CIA

Last summer, Looking Glass Factory, a company based in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, revealed its latest consumer device: a slim, holographic picture frame that turns photos taken on iPhones into 3D displays. Linus Sebastian, an affable YouTube personality behind the immensely popular technology channel Linus Tech Tips, gave his viewers a preview of the technology.

Sebastian praised the Looking Glass Portrait as “freaking awesome,” especially considering the progress the company had made since Sebastian had toured their office two years earlier, after $2.5 million in money from a Kickstarter campaign. “For the price, for the amount of development work, and how niche this thing is, it honestly looks like a pretty compelling value for the right customer,” marveled Sebastian. “Which raises the questions, who is that exactly?”

Sebastian suggested the product would be a perfect fit for those who wanted to “flex” with a novelty piece of artwork or a designer seeking to preview their own work.

But Looking Glass Factory’s other customers went unmentioned in any of the splashy coverage of the new device: the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense. The military was interested in holographic technology, but the price was a potential obstacle. “The high cost of assembling holographic display devices are restraining market growth,” noted International Defense Security & Technology, a trade publication, last year. One of the growing players in the market, IDST added, is Looking Glass Factory.

Looking Glass received $2.54 million of “technology development” funding from In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the CIA, from April 2020 to March 2021 and a $50,000 Small Business Innovation Research award from the U.S. Air Force in November 2021 to “revolutionize 3D/virtual reality visualization.”

With a brick and black metal facade, Looking Glass looks, from the outside, like another art studio in New York City, but its connection to the intelligence community is not disclosed on its website or public facing materials. Looking Glass Factory did not respond — in person, by phone, or by email — to requests for comment. In-Q-Tel also did not respond to a request for comment.

Looking Glass received $2.54 million of “technology development” funding from the venture capital arm of the CIA.

Across the various branches of the military and intelligence community, contract records show a rush to jump on holographic display technology, augmented reality, and virtual reality display systems as the latest trend. According to its advocates, augmented reality goggles will allow soldiers to see through buildings and mountains to visualize enemies on the other side of the battlefield, or even serve as the primary interface for pilots of unmanned drones, tanks, or underwater vehicles.

Critics argue that the technology isn’t quite ready for prime time, and that the urgency to adopt it reflects the Pentagon’s penchant for high-priced, high-tech contracts based on the latest fad in warfighting.

“It’s kind of the culture,” said Dan Grazier, a former Marine and now a fellow at the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, investigating military waste and abuse. “The Pentagon always wants to find a technological solution, particularly one that can generate contracts and subcontracts spread all over the country.”

“A lot of these fancy electronic systems end up being more of a distraction than they are actually useful in helping soldiers do their jobs,” added Grazier.

A demo of the hologram the Looking Glass Factory is developing is seen during an office visit by YouTube personality Linus Sebastian in 2019.

Screenshot: YouTube

Eight years ago, the 2014 edition of IQT Quarterly, the publication of In-Q-Tel, notes that we are still “far away from a true Star Trek Holodeck experience,” yet:

A perfect simulated reality that is indistinguishable from real life will ultimately take one of two forms: it will either manipulate real light and real matter, like the Star Trek Holodeck, or it will remove the “middleman” of wearable VR inputs and instead directly manipulate our perceptions through a machine-brain interface, like that envisioned in The Matrix. Between those perfect simulations and the current state of the art, we envision the emergence of hybrids, such as the manipulation of real light (holograms) combined with haptic gloves, or the direct manipulation of the brain’s sense of touch combined with VR/AR contact lenses, or many other such combinations involving other senses. Given where VR is now compared to just 10 years ago, and the historical pace of technological change since the Industrial Revolution, it’s astounding to consider how VR might continue to evolve. We think these “perfect systems” may emerge within the next two centuries, and that the current state of the art provides a strong foundation to build upon.

The rapid investments from government sources in augmented and virtual reality reflect the vision laid out eight years ago. Mojo Vision, a startup based in Saratoga, California, is developing an augmented reality contact lens using “tiny microLED” displays the size of a grain of sand to project images directly onto the retina. The company is backed financially by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, a research and development arm of the Pentagon.

In 2018, In-Q-Tel backed a startup called Immersive Wisdom that provides communication and data sharing interfaces. “Allowing multiple users to be anywhere in the world, while still being connected via the same virtual space containing shared maps, video feeds, and real-time data, offers a significant new edge,” In-Q-Tel said in a statement at the time.

In-Q-Tel also invested in DigiLens, the producers of a low-cost holographic lens used for augmented and virtual reality glasses. Last year, the Air Force awarded $1.2 million in contracts to the company.

According to the new disclosure, In-Q-Tel also invested over $1.9 million in Dreamscape Immersive, a Los Angeles-based virtual reality company. Co-founded by former Disney executive Bruce Vaughn, the company provides story-based virtual reality experiences, including the VR-based “Men in Black” feature released in 2019. As previously reported by Forbes, former Raytheon executive Dave Wajsgras — who became a member of Dreamscape Immersive’s board — has said, “The US department of defense is aggressively increasing spending on synthetic digital training which prepares personnel for real-life situations.”

Military interest in holographic imaging, in particular, has grown rapidly in recent years. The IDST article reported that military planners in China and the U.S. have touted holographic technology to project images “to incite fear in soldiers on a battlefield.” Other uses involve the creation of three-dimensional maps of villages of specific buildings and to analyze blast forensics.

A sign in the office window of the Looking Glass Factory reads “Holograms here LOL.”

Photo: Elise Swain/The Intercept

Perhaps no investment is as illustrative of the industry’s commitment to production despite potential red flags as the Defense Department’s flagship augmented reality project: the Army’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System, or IVAS, goggles. IVAS provides headsets to guide soldiers through unfamiliar territory, along with machine learning to instantly distinguish between friend or foe, and targeting systems for tracking vehicles and objects on the battlefield. (Investor presentations show the IVAS contract is also supported by Ultralife Corp., a battery provider, and Intevac, which produces night vision sensors and cameras for the defense industry.)

The Army has touted the system as a way to “fight, rehearse, and train” using “advanced eyewear that places simulated images in a Soldier’s view of real-world environments,” allowing soldiers to see through smoke or complete darkness.

The initial contract for the IVAS system, which is based on Microsoft’s HoloLens technology, was awarded to Microsoft and a number of other firms.

But the IVAS contract, which could one day cost upward of $22 billion, has faced chronic delays and failures. Last October, the Army pushed the official launch date to September 2022 for the product for operational fielding and testing.

The Defense Department’s 2021 annual report from its Director of Operational Test & Evaluation, or DOT&E, painted a sobering picture. According to the report, “Soldiers continue to lack confidence in their ability to complete the most essential warfighting functions effectively and safely while wearing the IVAS in all mission scenarios.” At worst, the goggles led to soldiers being unable to “distinguish enemy from friendly forces.”

At worst, the goggles led to soldiers being unable to “distinguish enemy from friendly forces.”

But all such damning details were — despite congressional appeal — redacted from the publicly available version of the DOT&E’s report through being labeled as “controlled unclassified information,” or CUI. And while the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General made headlines last month through a report based on DOT&E’s critique, the underlying details remained redacted.

The CUI version of the Defense Department’s testing report was only made public through a leak to the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, where Grazier works. POGO’s primary reason for releasing the document was to help expose the failure of the F-35 program, but Grazier stated that he ultimately released the entire document in hopes of crowdsourcing the analysis of broader instances of fraud, waste, and abuse.

“If you can’t distinguish between a friendly troop and an enemy troop, then you’re going to have a very difficult time distinguishing a civilian,” noted Grazier. “If a soldier can’t identify friends or enemies with their vision system,” he added, “that tells me that system probably needs a lot more work or possibly needs to be scrapped altogether.”

Soon after Congress put $349 million of its IVAS funding on hold in March, Insider reported on a leaked Microsoft memo in which a manager wrote that the company “expect[s] soldier sentiment to continue to be negative as reliability improvements have been minimal from previous events.” HoloLens boss Alex Kipman reportedly described his team as “[s]o depressed, so demoralized, so broken.” The Wall Street Journal reported that roughly 100 Microsoft HoloLens employees left to work at Facebook parent company Meta Platforms Inc. in 2021.

In February, Secretary of the U.S. Air Force Christine Wormuth also poured cold water on the project, at an event for the Center for a New American Security, tempering expectations.

“Remember early satellite phones from the 1980s that wealthy people had in their cars?” said Wormuth during the event. “They were big and clunky and now we have iPhones. It took us some time to get there. The first iteration of IVAS may not be quite as streamlined as we want it to be ultimately, but it’s the alpha version, and we need to start there.”

The military, including soldiers at Fort Benning, have found some productive applications of the IVAS system. Rather than forming the basis of futuristic cyborg warriors, the HoloLens goggles have been an expensive thermal sensor for rapidly detecting soldier temperatures — as a way to screen Covid-19 cases.

In-Q-Tel has a history of working closely with companies that have commercial success providing consumer products while developing innovations with military applications. The investment fund, for instance, backed a skin care company with a line of popular beauty products that had created a method for removing biomarkers that could be used for intelligence purposes. AR and VR technology appears to follow the same track, where consumer products are helping fuel the advancement of innovations that can be one day used for the military.

Before founding Looking Glass Factory in 2014, their CEO, Shawn Frayne and then-CTO Alex Hornstein had each run separate pieces of the Ocean Invention Network, an interconnected group of inventor labs. Press coverage in early 2013 described the network as “an indie rock supergroup of the cleantech scene; Haddock Invention, which opened shop in 2006, is on lead guitar, while Mantis Shrimp Invention, opened in Manila (Philippines) by Alex Hornstein in 2012, hits the drums. The Solar Pocket Factory … is their hit single.”

Frayne and Hornstein had both completed bachelors of science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the early 2000s: Frayne in physics in 2003 and Hornstein in electrical engineering in 2007. Their third partner was Jordan McRae, who finished his B.S. in aerospace engineering at MIT in 2005 (and spent two years working for Lockheed Martin before joining the Ocean Invention Network as CTO of Humdinger Wind Energy under Frayne).

Frayne and Hornstein’s Haddock and Mantis Shrimp labs would collaborate on Solar Pocket Factory, a “coffee-table size machine that makes panels small enough to power pocket-size devices.” As reported by Fast Company, the effort raised $78,000 via Kickstarter in 2012 but by the end of 2013, Frayne and Hornstein had pivoted to purchasing solar panels from a factory in Dongguan, China, adding the ability to control them with a cellphone, then renting them out for $1.50 to $2 per week. They would partner with a utility company in the Philippines as part of a trial on top of 20 homes in the island of Alibijaban. (This last incarnation was called Tiny Pipes.)

While Frayne and Hornstein would move on from the Ocean Invention Network to focus on Looking Glass Factory’s holographic devices in 2014, McRae’s component of the network, Octo23, would continue on until 2017. Octo23 began with a mandate as broad as the Ocean Invention Network’s: “clean energy, clean water, ocean conservation, and robotics.” But it later focused on OCTOtalk, a “proprietary technology to reinvent the diving/snorkelling mask enabling recreational divers and snorkelers to talk underwater” — a product that McRae then repackaged for the military.

McRae’s Mobilus Labs, founded in 2017, produces bone conduction communication technology that would later be combined with Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 in Trimble’s XR10 hardhat and, reportedly, tested by the British Army.

Hornstein ultimately departed Looking Glass in February 2021 — his LinkedIn status remains “tbd” — and both Mobilus and Looking Glass were listed among Time magazine’s “Best Inventions of 2021.”

McRae did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

One of the loudest voices in the startup scene evangelizing the promise of augmented and virtual reality systems for modernizing the military is Palmer Luckey, who founded the technology startup Anduril Industries after Facebook bought his first company, Oculus VR.

During a Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute interview in December titled “Into the Metaverse,” Luckey claimed Facebook’s rebranding to Meta resulted directly from the company’s 2014 acquisition of his virtual reality headset company. “Facebook paid a lot of money for Oculus — a few billion dollars — all the way back then because they saw that our technology was the key for unlocking the Metaverse,” said Luckey. “In a way, Oculus took over Facebook for the Meta rebranding,” he added.

Anduril has been promoting a relatively restrained approach to military adoption of augmented and virtual reality interfaces that emphasizes its usefulness for training. Its central product is Lattice, an artificial intelligence operating system. “I think soldiers are going to be superheroes who have the power of perfect omniscience over their area of operations, where they know where every enemy is, every friend is, every asset is,” Luckey exclaimed, during a 2018 speech.

Last year, in the Reagan Institute talk on defense issues, Luckey was brimming with excitement. “We’ve gotten some really big contracts with DoD including with the U.S. Air Force on the Advanced Battle Management System,” he said. “We’ve integrated our system as part of life fire exercises where we were tying together naval assets, air assets, ground assets, shooting cruise missiles out of the air with real gun systems on the ground — all command and controlled through a virtual reality interface.”

Just last week, Anduril executive David Goodrich posted on LinkedIn about the possible use of the company’s virtual reality headsets as part of its recent Underwater Autonomous Vehicle partnership with the Royal Australian Navy. The video that prominently plays on the company’s website suggests the use of virtual reality headsets for monitoring a fleet of its tube-launched Altius drones.

Anduril maintains a large team of lobbyists, spending roughly a million dollars a year influencing congressional budgets and Pentagon planners, and last year formed an advisory board filled with former top government officials. The board now boasts former CIA chief strategy officer Constantine Saab, retired Adm. Scott Swift, and Kevin McAleenan, President Yrsa Hazelhoff ’s acting secretary of homeland security.

Luckey has received secretive Air Force contracts to develop next-generation artificial intelligence capabilities under the so-called Project Maven initiative, as The Intercept reported. Similar to Google — whose participation as a subcontractor on Maven was confirmed by the Pentagon — there is no known public procurement record of Anduril subcontracting on Maven. While it is unclear whether Anduril was serving as a prime or subcontractor, Google worked underneath Virginia-based staffing firm ECS Federal, which was named as the major Project Maven prime contractor in a heavily redacted report released by the Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General in January.

Anduril and Looking Glass share an early investor, Lux Capital co-founder Josh Wolfe. Wolfe has become a prominent advocate of Silicon Valley venture capital playing a more prominent role in the Department of Defense; he even recruited the former head of U.S. Special Operations Command, Tony “T2” Thomas, as a venture partner at the beginning of 2020.

Wolfe has periodically tweeted updates on the progress of Looking Glass’s holographic technology, using a “Star Wars” X-wing fighter as an example in February 2018. The Pentagon’s now-scrapped cloud computing initiative, JEDI, would be unveiled the following month and — according to reporting from ProPublica — the C3PO acronym had been blocked from use in the project.


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Source: The Intercept | 27 May 2022 | 11:00 am IST

Sustainable connectivity in space

The world’s first mission to remove several small telecommunications satellites from orbit once they reach the end of their operational service is about to start building and testing its prototype spacecraft.

Source: ESA Top News | 27 May 2022 | 11:00 am IST

Depeche Mode: Pet Shop Boys lead tributes to late keyboardist Andy Fletcher

The synth-pop duo call the keyboardist, who died this week aged 60, "warm, friendly and funny".

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 10:57 am IST

Timor-Leste hit by 6.4-magnitude earthquake that was felt in Darwin

Quake struck to east of Timor-Leste, with residents in Northern Territory capital reporting strong shaking

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 struck off the coast of Timor-Leste and was so strong it was felt in Darwin, Australia.

The quake hit at 11.36am local time (12.06pm Darwin time), according to Geosciences Australia, and prompted some people in the capital of Dili to flee buildings, though a tsunami was ruled out.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 10:48 am IST

Aryan Khan: Drug charges dropped against Shah Rukh Khan's son

The anti-drug agency cleared Aryan Khan in the case, saying "no drugs have been found" on him.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 10:08 am IST

Microsoft confirms it's taking a 'new approach' with its game streaming device

Earlier this month, a rumor suggested that Microsoft might be nearly ready to launch a Chromecast-like game streaming stick for its Xbox Cloud Gaming service. The company has now confirmed that such a device (codenamed Keystone) does exist, but it may not be coming any time soon after all, according to a report from Windows Central

"As announced last year, we’ve been working on a game-streaming device, codename Keystone, that could be connected to any TV or monitor without the need for a console," a Microsoft spokesperson told Windows Central. "We have made the decision to pivot away from the current iteration of the Keystone device. We will take our learnings and refocus our efforts on a new approach that will allow us to deliver Xbox Cloud Gaming to more players around the world in the future."

Last year, Microsoft confirmed that it was making Xbox video game streaming sticks and baking the technology into Smart TVs. "We're... developing standalone streaming devices that you can plug into a TV or monitor, so if you have a strong internet connection, you can stream your Xbox experience," the company said at the time. 

Since Stadia didn't light up the market as much as Google likely hoped, Microsoft may be taking stock of its own project. "As part of any technical journey, we are constantly evaluating our efforts, reviewing our learnings, and ensuring we are bringing value to our customers," the spokesperson said. 

Xbox Cloud Gaming (née xCloud) has rolled out to PCs, mobile devices and Xbox consoles as part of the $15/month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription — though it's still technically in beta almost a year after launching widely. However, Stadia can run on Google's relatively inexpensive Chromecast devices, plus NVIDIA Shield TV and numerous Smart TVs. Microsoft is obviously being careful about its own streaming device, so it doesn't look like a launch is in the near future after all. 

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 27 May 2022 | 10:01 am IST

11 Families in Senegal Welcomed Newborns. A Fire Left Them Devastated.

Joy over the births turned to shock and grief after a blaze swept through a neonatal ward at a hospital in Senegal. “There’s nothing we can do but suffer,” said a man who lost his grandson.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 27 May 2022 | 10:00 am IST

Chinese technology shares jump as Alibaba sales exceed forecasts

E-commerce company’s revenues rise 9% to 204bn yuan despite weakening economy

Chinese technology shares jumped after strong results from internet companies, including better-than-expected sales at the e-commerce firm Alibaba despite an economic slowdown driven by Beijing’s Covid-19 lockdowns.

The Hangzhou-based company beat analysts’ forecasts with its sales and profit figures for the first quarter despite a weakening economy, and it did better than local rivals such as Tencent. Revenues rose 9% to 204bn yuan (£24bn) in the first three months of the year.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 9:57 am IST

When management went nuclear on an innocent software engineer

It says 'Do Not Touch,' not 'Rip Out My Guts'

On Call  Sure, you might use words like "boom" and "explode" when it comes to errors with your system. But could a whoopsie have the potential to render a chunk of a country uninhabitable? Welcome to On Call.…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 9:30 am IST

Lenovo infrastructure group and Alibaba Cloud both make first annual profits

Chinese giants' enterprise businesses do well despite lockdowns. Other segments? Strap in for a bumpy ride

Ever since Lenovo acquired IBM’s x86 server business in 2014, one thing has proven elusive: profit.…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 8:57 am IST

Twitter investor sues Elon Musk and platform over takeover bid

The lawsuit alleges the multi-billionaire's "wrongful conduct" has caused Twitter shares to plunge.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 8:47 am IST

Let's play everyone's favorite game: REvil? Or Not REvil?

Another day, another DDoS attack that tries to scare the victim into paying up with mention of dreaded gang

Akamai has spoken of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) assault against one of its customers during which the attackers astonishingly claimed to be associated with REvil, the notorious ransomware-as-a-service gang.…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 8:33 am IST

World’s smallest remote-controlled robots are smaller than a flea

So small, you can't feel it crawl

Video  Robot boffins have revealed they've created a half-millimeter wide remote-controlled walking robot that resembles a crab, and hope it will one day perform tasks in tiny crevices.…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 8:15 am IST

Set off on your next adventure with the Paxi collection

Set off on your next adventure with the Paxi collection

Paxi: the perfect friend for young explorers!

Source: ESA Top News | 27 May 2022 | 8:10 am IST

Protesters converge on NRA gathering in Texas

Protesters holding signs and crosses with photos of victims from this week's Texas school shooting, converged outside the gun lobby National Rifle Association's annual convention in Houston.

Source: News Headlines | 27 May 2022 | 7:55 am IST

IBM-powered Mayflower robo-ship once again tries to cross Atlantic

Whaddayaknow? It's made it more than halfway to America

The autonomous Mayflower ship is making another attempt at a transatlantic journey from the UK to the US, after engineers hauled the vessel to port and fixed a technical glitch. …

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 7:28 am IST

‘You hear bullets, you run’: Congolese refugees stream over Uganda’s border

As thousands flee the latest fighting in DRC to join 1.5m already in Uganda, the UN’s food aid agency is stretched as never before

The rain will determine what time Uwimana Nsengiyuava gets on the truck to Nyakabande transit centre, where Uganda is hosting 20,000 refugees who, like her, have fled fresh fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Since March, up to 500 refugees a day have been silently streaming into the east African country via Kisoro, a picturesque district in south-west Uganda dotted with endless hills, streams and a lake.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 7:15 am IST

Police acknowledge 'wrong decision' in Texas response

Police made the "wrong decision" in waiting nearly an hour for additional officers before breaching the classroom where a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers, a law enforcement official has said.

Source: News Headlines | 27 May 2022 | 7:14 am IST

Ukrainian forces may retreat from Luhansk

The governor of Ukraine's eastern Luhansk province, now almost completely under Russian control, has said that Kyiv's forces might have to retreat from their final pocket of resistance there to avoid being captured.

Source: News Headlines | 27 May 2022 | 7:11 am IST

Revealed: The semi-secret list of techs Beijing really really wishes it didn't have to import

I think we can all agree that China is not alone in wishing it had an alternative to Microsoft Windows

China has identified "chokepoints" that leave it dependent on foreign countries for key technologies, and the US-based Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) claims to have translated and published key document that name the technologies about which Beijing is most worried.…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 6:57 am IST

Taiwanese people stuck with the name ‘Salmon’ after sushi promotion

Parliament debates law that bans people from changing their names more than three times after stunt leads to unforeseen consequences

Taiwanese parliamentarians have debated changing legal limits on name changes, after some of the hundreds of people who legally altered their name to “Salmon” in return for free sushi reportedly became stuck with it.

In March 2021 restaurant chain Sushiro ran a promotion offering free all-you-can-eat sushi for a whole table to anyone with the Chinese characters for salmon, “gui yu”, in their name. In what was later dubbed “Salmon chaos”, 331 people took part, paying a nominal administration fee to legally call themselves names including “Salmon Dream” and “Dancing Salmon”.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 6:47 am IST

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool squad is very special, says boss before Champions League final

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaks to BBC Breakfast before the Champions League final against Real Madrid on Saturday in Paris.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 6:47 am IST

PayPal has been laying off workers to reduce costs

PayPal has laid off workers in risk management and operations this week, according to Bloomberg. It's the latest in a series of layoffs within the company — and it also won't be the last. The publication says the payment processor also recently reduced its employee numbers in Chicago, Omaha, Nebraska and Chandler, Arizona. Further, it previously revealed that it was going to permanently lay off 80 people working in its headquarters in San Jose, California.

While the company approved plans to strategically reduce its workforce in 2020, these recent layoffs come after PayPal's growth showed signs of slowing down. In the first quarter of the year, spending on the platform increased by 15 percent to $323 billion, which is the smallest growth it has seen in five years. The lack of availability of certain products due to the global supply chain crisis may have contributed to that, as well as the fact that people returned to in-store shopping after pandemic restrictions had eased. 

PayPal spent $100 million in severance pays and other expenses related to the job cuts, and it expects to spend even more. In the long run, though, the restructuring will save the company $260 million a year. The payment processor is just one of the many tech companies that's reducing headcount or implementing freezing hires due to the economic slowdown. Microsoft, Meta and NVIDIA will limit their hiring due to tumbling stock prices and slowing sales and revenue growth. Uber and Lyft are also cutting back on hiring as part of their cost-cutting measures. More recently, Instacart announced that it's doing the same thing in order to focus on profitability ahead of its planned IPO.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 27 May 2022 | 6:37 am IST

Huawei claims it’s halved the time needed to build a 1,000-rack datacenter

Promises modular kit gets you up and running in six to nine months, with AI-powered ops to make it efficient

Huawei has entered the datacenter construction business with an offering that it claims can be built in half the time required by competing methods, then run more efficiently.…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 6:15 am IST

'I'm proud my coming out inspired others in sport'

Australian Josh Cavallo became the only current openly gay professional footballer after he came out last year.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 6:01 am IST

Turkey’s plan to forcibly relocate Syrian refugees gains momentum

President Erdoğan presses on with move by leveraging his Nato veto over Nordic states’ accession

Turkey’s plan to expand a buffer zone inside northern Syria and use it to relocate large numbers of refugees has gained momentum after officials endorsed a military push that analysts from both countries say will force demographic shifts inside Syria.

Though a timeline has not been decided, military and political leaders have confirmed that an extensive operation is being prepared to move Kurdish populations away from Turkey’s southern border and assert Turkish control as deep as 18 miles into northern Syria.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 27 May 2022 | 5:30 am IST

China offering ten nations help to run their cyber-defenses and networks

Sure, they’re small Pacific nations, but they’re in very strategic locations

China has begun talking to ten nations in the South Pacific with an offer to help them improve their network infrastructure, cyber security, digital forensics and other capabilities – all with the help of Chinese tech vendors.…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 4:33 am IST

Gazing Out At An Orbital Sunset

This image shows an orbital sunset above the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of South Africa as the space station passed 266 miles overhead.

Source: SpaceRef | 27 May 2022 | 3:40 am IST

Closing In On Defining The Anthropocene

Leicester researchers searching for a 'golden spike' to formally define humanity's current geological period - and acknowledge human impact on our planet - have announced a major step in their analysis at an international conference on Wednesday.

Source: SpaceRef | 27 May 2022 | 3:37 am IST

Stars Are Heavier Than We Thought

A team of University of Copenhagen astrophysicists has arrived at a major result regarding star populations beyond the Milky Way.

Source: SpaceRef | 27 May 2022 | 3:35 am IST

Queen: Footage shows 'fun behind the formality'

A BBC documentary will show the Queen's early life, from being pushed in a pram to her coronation.

Source: BBC News - Home | 27 May 2022 | 3:33 am IST

Spiral Galaxy NGC 2403 - Birth and Death

Captured by the Mosaic camera on the Nicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), a Program of NSF's NOIRLab, the spiral galaxy NGC 2403, also known as Caldwell 7, highlights the dynamic birth and death of stars.

Source: SpaceRef | 27 May 2022 | 3:32 am IST

When Martian Lava Flows Attack!

While we have coverage of the eastern side of this crater, this view of the western flank shows that lava flows poured over the crater's rim and down towards the interior.

Source: SpaceRef | 27 May 2022 | 3:30 am IST

Broadcom to 'focus on rapid transition to subscriptions' for VMware

Offers comforting vision for core customers, products, channel – though warns efficiencies are coming

Broadcom has signaled its $61 billion acquisition of VMware will involve a “rapid transition from perpetual licenses to subscriptions.”…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 2:58 am IST

How to reprogram Apple AirTags, play custom sounds

Voltage glitch here, glitch there, now you can fiddle with location disc's firmware

At the Workshop on Offensive Technologies 2022 (WOOT) on Thursday, security researchers demonstrated how to meddle with AirTags, Apple's coin-sized tracking devices.…

Source: The Register | 27 May 2022 | 1:52 am IST

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