Kernel 6.0 released

Linus has released the 6.0 kernel as
expected.

So, as is hopefully clear to everybody, the major version number
change is more about me running out of fingers and toes than it is
about any big fundamental changes.

But of course there’s a lot of various changes in 6.0 – we’ve got
over 15k non-merge commits in there in total, after all, and as
such 6.0 is one of the bigger releases at least in numbers of
commits in a while.

Headline features in 6.0 include
a number of io_uring improvements including support for buffered writes to
XFS filesystems and zero-copy network
transmission
,
an io_uring-based block driver mechanism,
the runtime verification subsystem,
and much more; see
the LWN merge-window summaries (part 1,
part 2) for more information.

Source: LWN.net – Kernel 6.0 released

Good News! Mesa Package with Hardware Acceleration is Arriving in RPM Fusion

Today, the famous RPM Fusion is the go-to repo for anything that Fedora Linux can’t provide by default installer. It provides the non-free packages (such as ffmpeg, etc.) with an easy method for installation in Fedora and other RPM-based systems.

Source: LXer – Good News! Mesa Package with Hardware Acceleration is Arriving in RPM Fusion

Coinbase users were unable to withdraw funds to US bank accounts for six hours

Coinbase users were unable to carry out US bank account transactions for around six hours on Sunday. An issue with the Automated Clearing House Network, which is used for electronic transfers between bank accounts in the country, emerged just before 7AM ET. The company said on its status page that it identified the problem, described as a “major outage,” by 8:23AM and resolved it by 12:41PM.

During the outage, users were still able to buy cryptocurrency with a debit card or PayPal account, as Decrypt noted. However, they weren’t able to make withdrawals to a US bank account.

“We’ve fully resolved this issue and ACH transfers are now processing. We apologize for the inconvenience,” Coinbase wrote on Twitter. The company said users’ funds were safe during the outage (at least if you don’t factor in the volatility of the crypto market).

As Web3 is Going Great points out, Coinbase is the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the US. It’s in seventh place worldwide in terms of trading volume, per CoinCecko. At the time of writing, Coinbase users had traded $572 million over the previous 24 hours.



Source: Engadget – Coinbase users were unable to withdraw funds to US bank accounts for six hours

TikTok will reportedly bring live shopping to the US this holiday season

TikTok plans to bring its live shopping “TikTok Shop” feature to North America using outsourced technology, according to The Financial Times. It’ll reportedly be launched “over the next month with large brands” to take advantage of holiday shopping. 

TikTok Shop is based on a similar, successful feature on TikTok’s sister app Douyin in China, and is available in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia. Last year, it launched in the UK — the only country with availability outside of Asia. 

A similar feature on Douyin has reportedly hosted 9 million live ecommerce broadcasts per month, selling over 10 billion products in a single year from May 2021 to May 2022 — triple what it did the previous year. However, TikTok Shop apparently hasn’t fared as well in the UK, and because of that, TikTok postponed a planned launch elsewhere in Europe. 

The underlying technology will supposedly be provided by the US company TalkShopLive, which will also support livestreams hosted by influencers and brands. The agreements are still under discussion and “no contracts have been signed,” according to the FT.

TikTok didn’t deny or confirm upcoming US availability. “When it comes to market expansion for TikTok Shop we are always guided by demand and are constantly exploring new and different options for how we can best serve our community, creators and merchants in markets around the world,” the company told the FT. “These efforts include exploring partnerships which further support a seamless ecommerce experience for merchants, which is an important part of our ecosystem.”

The report comes just a day after rival Facebook abandoned its own Live Shopping feature. Facebook is now asking merchants to showcase products via Reels, Reels ads and product tagging on Instagram Reels. Last year, TikTok started testing a Shopping tab, letting business users add their profiles, sync their product catalogues and link to their online stores. It has also previously piloted live shopping in the US, most notably with Walmart



Source: Engadget – TikTok will reportedly bring live shopping to the US this holiday season

Amazon's Huge 2022 Hardware Event: Here's Everything Unveiled

Amazon's Huge 2022 Hardware Event: Here's Everything Unveiled
As we roll into the holiday season in the US, Amazon decided to hold a new device releases event. We’ve got the details on what was announced and the links where you can preorder, buy or at least get full details on them. And wow, did Amazon pull the veil off a lot of new products. So buckle up, there’s a lot of ground to cover here.

Kindle

Source: Hot Hardware – Amazon’s Huge 2022 Hardware Event: Here’s Everything Unveiled

Paramount's Smile Opens to Box Office Success

As it goes every year, the month of October is when horror movies shine. Such a slate for the month includes Halloween Ends and a re-release of Trick ‘r Treat, but first, we’re kicking things off with a Smile. And in terms of box office, Paramount’s newest film is already off to a pretty great start.

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Source: Gizmodo – Paramount’s Smile Opens to Box Office Success

Tesla built 365,923 electric vehicles in Q3, up 42 percent from Q2

After pandemic-related disruptions in Q2, Tesla ramped up its manufacturing capacity again last quarter, leading the company to make a record number of deliveries between July 1st and September 30th. The company built 365,923 electric vehicles during the period. That marks a year over-year production increase of nearly 54 percent, as Tesla manufactured 237,823 cars in Q3 2021. Production was also up by 41.5 percent from Q2 2022, when the automaker built 258,580 vehicles.

The company produced 19,935 Model S and Model X cars in Q3 and delivered 18,672. For the Model 3 and Model Y, those figures were 345,988 and 345,988, respectively. In total, Tesla says it was able to deliver 343,830 vehicles in Q3, the most it has delivered in any quarter to date. However, that was below expectations, according to Reuters. On average, analysts anticipated that Tesla would deliver 359,162 EVs during the quarter.

Tesla built around 20,000 more vehicles that it was able to deliver during Q3. “As our production volumes continue to grow, it is becoming increasingly challenging to secure vehicle transportation capacity and at a reasonable cost during these peak logistics weeks,” Tesla said in a statement.

CEO Elon Musk noted last year that Tesla sees a significant increase in deliveries at the end of every quarter. That’s because the Shanghai Gigafactory, which recently built its 1 millionth car, manufactures EVs bound for Europe and other countries in the first half of each quarter, “then cars for far away parts of China, then cars for nearby parts of China,” Musk said.

“In Q3, we began transitioning to a more even regional mix of vehicle builds each week, which led to an increase in cars in transit at the end of the quarter,” Tesla said. “These cars have been ordered and will be delivered to customers upon arrival at their destination.”

The number of cars Tesla manufactured and delivered dropped dramatically in Q2 2022. It was forced to suspend work at the Shanghai factory in March due to a COVID-19 outbreak in China. Production at the plant has resumed, while recently opened Gigafactories in Berlin and Texas have helped the company significantly improve its manufacturing numbers. We’ll learn more about what the uptick in production and deliveries means for Tesla’s bottom line when the company announces its Q3 financial results on October 19th.



Source: Engadget – Tesla built 365,923 electric vehicles in Q3, up 42 percent from Q2

Thanks, Cartoon Network, for 30 Years of Being You

We here at io9 have talked at length about cartoons, whether it’s cartoons from our childhoods that we’ve loved, or more recent ones that deserve a wider spotlight. And when it comes to western animation, you can’t talk about it without talking about one channel in particular.

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Source: Gizmodo – Thanks, Cartoon Network, for 30 Years of Being You

Chrome's controversial new extension platform is coming in 2023

Google has slowly but surely been marching towards a new extension platform called Manifest V3 for Chrome. And now there is a firm timeline for its rollout. Starting with Chrome 112 in January of 2023 the company may start turning off support for Manifest V2 in the Canary, Dev and Beta channels. Then in June with Chrome 115, it will begin experimenting with turning off support in the stable channel as well. 

To coincide with the transition of Chrome stable to V3, all Manifest V2 extensions in the Chrome Web Store will be switched to unlisted. And eventually in January of 2024, the remaining V2 extensions will be removed completely. 

The transition has not been without controversy however. While Manifest V3 includes a ton of changes, many of which Google claims are in the name of privacy and security, it’s draw particular ire for how it would affect ad-blockers. It would essentially prevent them from working as they currently do, and render them all but useless. 

Most modern ad-blockers like uBloc Origin and AdGuard rely on Chrome’s “webRequest” API to block entire categories of HTTP requests from being made. But this method can add significant delays to load and render times for sites, which Google is obviously eager to avoid. Instead Manifest V3 requires developers to use a “declarativeNetRequest” which essentially forces them to use a blocklist of specific URLs. The problem is that list of “rules” is limited to 30,000 entries. And many ad-blocking lists can be in excess of 300,000 entries. 

Enterprise users are at least getting some reprieve, and will be able to continue using Manifest V2 extensions until January of 2024. 



Source: Engadget – Chrome’s controversial new extension platform is coming in 2023

Debian's firmware vote results

The results are
in on the Debian project’s general-resolution
vote
regarding non-free firmware
in the installer image. The winning option
allows the installer image to include firmware necessary to use the system:

We will include non-free firmware packages from the
“non-free-firmware” section of the Debian archive on our official
media (installer images and live images). The included firmware
binaries will normally be enabled by default where the system
determines that they are required, but where possible we will
include ways for users to disable this at boot (boot menu option,
kernel command line etc.).

The vote also changes the Debian Social Contract to make it clear that
including non-free firmware in this manner is allowed.

Source: LWN.net – Debian’s firmware vote results

Google's Pixel 7 And 7 Pro Preorder Gifts Could Bring Free Pixel Watch And Buds Pro

Google's Pixel 7 And 7 Pro Preorder Gifts Could Bring Free Pixel Watch And Buds Pro
Next week, it is expected that Google will unveil the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro at a Fall event, which lines up with leaks and rumors we have heard. However, that is not all, as Google might sweeten the deal with a free Google Pixel Watch or Google Pixel Buds Pro when you preorder one of the new devices.

Over on Twitter, “retail intelligence”

Source: Hot Hardware – Google’s Pixel 7 And 7 Pro Preorder Gifts Could Bring Free Pixel Watch And Buds Pro

Cabinet of Curiosities' New Trailer Sets the Scary Stage

October means Halloween, and Halloween means horror movies and shows to watch. The month boasts some upcoming projects that are sure to be delightful such as the second season of Chucky and Werewolf by Night, and Netflix is getting into the occasion with a new show, Cabinet of Curiosities. Created and produced by

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Source: Gizmodo – Cabinet of Curiosities’ New Trailer Sets the Scary Stage

How to Break the Cycle of Fighting With Your Partner Via Text

Communication is key to a solid relationship, but does it matter how it takes place? While sharing your thoughts and emotions with your partner via text message may be better than not expressing them at all, many relationship experts and therapists make the case that serious arguments are best left for face-to-face…

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Source: LifeHacker – How to Break the Cycle of Fighting With Your Partner Via Text

NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Spots Strange Foreign Object Stuck To Its Foot

NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Spots Strange Foreign Object Stuck To Its Foot
NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter’s navigation camera captured the spacecraft picking up a small piece of foreign object debris (FOD) on one of its landing legs. Moments later, the debris could be seen drifting away.

The foreign debris on the landing leg of the helicopter is not the first that has been spotted on the red planet. Previously the

Source: Hot Hardware – NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Spots Strange Foreign Object Stuck To Its Foot

Open Channel: What Marvel Show Should've Been a Film, or Vice Versa?

Earlier in the week, Marvel up and surprised everyone with the announcement that its Don Cheadle-led miniseries Armor Wars was transitioning into a full blown movie. The apparent reasoning for this was that the studio realized in order to get the story right, it could better be realized as a theatrical release. Given…

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Source: Gizmodo – Open Channel: What Marvel Show Should’ve Been a Film, or Vice Versa?

How to Clean Paint Brushes and Rollers (So You Can Actually Reuse Them)

When you finish up painting a room, piece of furniture, or other project, the last thing you want to do is clean up the mess you’ve made. But if you’ve invested in decent-quality paint brushes and rollers, you probably want to use them more than once. And taking a few minutes to clean them right away will save you a…

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Source: LifeHacker – How to Clean Paint Brushes and Rollers (So You Can Actually Reuse Them)

Black Adam's Theme Changes the Hierarchy of Power in Superhero Music

The existence of Warner Bros.’ Black Adam movie has, for the longest time, felt like it wouldn’t come to pass. But here we are, just a handful of weeks away from seeing Dwayne Johnson beat up (or team up with?) the Justice Society of America. Since there’s no real sense in putting out another trailer, Warner Bros.’…

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Source: Gizmodo – Black Adam’s Theme Changes the Hierarchy of Power in Superhero Music