Intel's Getting into Professional GPUs, Too

Intel this week revealed its new lineup of Arc Pro series GPUs intended primarily for powerful small form factor desktops and professionally focused laptops. All three of the GPUs, which Intel says are targeted at professional software applications in the architecture, construction, design, and manufacturing…

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Source: Gizmodo – Intel’s Getting into Professional GPUs, Too

9 of the Cheapest, Healthiest Make-Ahead Breakfasts, According to Reddit

There are a few mornings a year when I cook myself a luxurious breakfast shortly after waking up. These exclusively occur when I’m camping—you know, the vacation that turns keeping yourself alive into a hobby. For my everyday breakfasts, though, the point is just shoveling calories into the food hole with as little…

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Source: LifeHacker – 9 of the Cheapest, Healthiest Make-Ahead Breakfasts, According to Reddit

iOS 16 beta brings back the battery percentage icon

Earlier today, Apple released the fifth iOS 16 developer beta. It adds a handful of changes, but if you’ve spent any time on Twitter, you know there’s only one thing everyone wants to talk about: the return of the battery percentage indicator. For the first time since Apple removed the icon in 2017 to accommodate the iPhone X’s notch, it’s possible to see exactly how much battery your iPhone has left without pulling down the Control Center shade.

If you’re enrolled in the developer beta, you can add the indicator to your status bar by opening the Settings menu and navigating to the Battery section. Once there, you’ll see a new toggle labeled “Battery Percentage.” The resulting icon is slightly larger than the one you’re probably used to seeing. Additionally, if you plug your iPhone into a charger, the icon will turn green and display a lightning symbol next to the battery percentage. Conversely, it’s yellow when your iPhone is in low power mode.

The option to see battery percentage is not available on the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 mini. We’ll also note it’s possible the feature may not make it into the final release of iOS 16. The next version of Apple’s mobile operating system will arrive later this year. Some of the more notable features Apple announced at WWDC 2022 include new lock screen customization options, the ability to edit and recall texts in iMessage and real-time notifications called Live Activities.



Source: Engadget – iOS 16 beta brings back the battery percentage icon

Flash Floods Kill 4 People in the Wake of New Mexico's Historic Wildfire

Another person has died in New Mexico flash floods. The state has been grappling with flooding in the aftermath of its largest ever recorded wildfire. Three people were found killed in flash floods on July 21, according to the Associated Press. The victims were a family from West Texas visiting their cabin in New…

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Source: Gizmodo – Flash Floods Kill 4 People in the Wake of New Mexico’s Historic Wildfire

Intel Reveals Arc Pro A40 And A50 Desktop Professional Graphics With A30M Mobile

Intel Reveals Arc Pro A40 And A50 Desktop Professional Graphics With A30M Mobile
Today, Intel formally unveiled the Arc Pro A-Series of graphics cards. The announcement covered the first three offerings that Intel intends to bring to market. These consist of two small form factor desktop GPUs – the A40 and A50 – as well as a mobile option – the A30M – destined for laptops.

In the press release, Intel noted hardware

Source: Hot Hardware – Intel Reveals Arc Pro A40 And A50 Desktop Professional Graphics With A30M Mobile

11 Things You Can Do Now to Help Prevent Dementia Later

If you have a loved one with dementia, I’m sure you’ve thought, “how can I make sure that doesn’t happen to me?” Well, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that there’s no way to know whether you’ll end up with severe cognitive decline—it’s complicated thing, and is likely caused by a combination of genetic…

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Source: LifeHacker – 11 Things You Can Do Now to Help Prevent Dementia Later

HBO Max finishes rolling out its much-needed app redesign

It took the better part of a year, but HBO Max’s app should (hopefully) be more pleasant to use. Warner Bros. Discovery has finished rolling out its redesigned app on desktop, Android and iOS, delivering a more intuitive interface, a performance boost and some arguably overdue features. It finally supports tablets in both portrait and vertical modes, for instance. You’ll also find a dedicated video download page, split-screen support, SharePlay (on Apple devices in the US) and a shuffle button on mobile.

The move ends a long and painful saga. In its haste to launch HBO Max, WarnerMedia based the original app on the same foundations as its aging Go and Now apps. The result was, frankly, a mess — it was buggy, sluggish and otherwise less polished than software from competing services. While the new app won’t persuade you to subscribe on its own, it could reduce any skittishness.

The timing is less than ideal. Warner Bros. just recently confirmed that it’s merging HBO Max and Discovery+ into one service next summer. The app you see today won’t last long. With that said, the redesign promises a better starting point for the new platform.



Source: Engadget – HBO Max finishes rolling out its much-needed app redesign

Phishing Campaign Hooks Twilio Communications Platform, Catches Customer Data

Phishing Campaign Hooks Twilio Communications Platform, Catches Customer Data
If we’ve learned anything from reporting on phishing attacks, it’s that no company, organization, or institution is immune from becoming the victim of one. Even the US Department of Defense recently fell victim to a $23.5 million phishing scam. If anything, larger organizations simply make for larger and more attractive targets, particularly

Source: Hot Hardware – Phishing Campaign Hooks Twilio Communications Platform, Catches Customer Data

The Latest iOS 16 Beta Finally Brings Battery Percentage Back to the Status Bar

The infamous notch is still a contested design decision on Apple’s part, and one of the many, many reasons to hate it was the disappearance of the status bar’s battery percentage indicator when the iPhone X arrived. But as Apple continues to slowly roll back some of the more questionable design choices it’s made in…

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Source: Gizmodo – The Latest iOS 16 Beta Finally Brings Battery Percentage Back to the Status Bar

Super Mario Bros. World Record Now Just A Half-Second Short Of A Perfect Run

Here’s a brief, non-exhaustive list of things that take less than four minutes and 55 seconds. Me devouring a plate of loaded nachos. Me eating an entire bowl of pasta (maybe a carbonara?). Me writing a lede while preoccupied with lunch. And a speedrunner blitzing through Super Mario Bros., setting a new time to beat…

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Source: Kotaku – Super Mario Bros. World Record Now Just A Half-Second Short Of A Perfect Run

Rivian is field testing dual-motor versions of the R1T and R1S

Electric vehicle maker Rivian is testing dual-motor versions of its R1T pickup and R1S SUV in the wild. The automaker is currently putting those models through their paces in the New Zealand winter, according to a tweet from CEO RJ Scaringe that InsideEVs spotted.

The company announced in March it would offer R1T and R1S variants that use its dual-motor Enduro powertrain. It said these models would be less expensive than their four-motor counterparts, starting at $67,500 for the R1T and $72,500 for the R1S. Not accounting for the destination fee, the four-motor R1T starts at $79,500 and the R1S at $84,500.

Rivian developed Enduro’s motors in-house and the system is already in use — the electric van the company is making for Amazon has an Enduro drive unit. The company hopes the Enduro powertrain will help it to reduce costs and keep down the price of the R1S, R1T and upcoming R2 models. That’s an important consideration for Rivian, given that the Inflation Reduction Act the Senate just passed seeks to bring in new federal EV tax credit rules. Electric SUVs, trucks and vans priced $80,000 and over won’t be eligible for the $7,500 subsidy.

At the time Rivian announced the dual-motor R1T and R1S, it raised prices of the four-motor EVs by $12,000. After a backlash, it limited the price increases to new orders, though the automaker was swiftly slapped with a shareholder lawsuit over the issue.

Meanwhile, Rivian is attempting to increase production of the R1T and R1S. It expects to build around 25,000 vehicles this year, despite having a backlog of 71,000 as of early July. Late last month, it laid off six percent of its workforce in order to dedicate more resources to production.



Source: Engadget – Rivian is field testing dual-motor versions of the R1T and R1S

Virtual Currency Mixer Tornado Cash Hit With U.S. Sanctions for Playing Host to Crypto Laundering

Crypto mixers have caught the hot end of the stick that is the U.S.’ efforts to sanction North Korea, thanks to their inability to stop DPRK-affiliated groups from using their services to launder ill-gotten gains.

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Source: Gizmodo – Virtual Currency Mixer Tornado Cash Hit With U.S. Sanctions for Playing Host to Crypto Laundering

This iPhone App Might Actually Help You Break Your Social Media Addiction

I am just full of advice about social media, most of which can be boiled down to “put down your phone” and “stop engaging.” Which is funny, because I am incredibly bad at doing both of those things, despite my best efforts (downloading a little app that grows trees while you don’t use your phone, setting a goal to…

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Source: LifeHacker – This iPhone App Might Actually Help You Break Your Social Media Addiction

The Case of Fake IMDb Credits

How some people tricked Google into getting their own knowledge panels and fooled Amazon-owned IMDb into believing they are top stars in dozens of movies. From a report: I was casually browsing IMDb when I landed on the page for an upcoming Ranbir Kapoor starrer movie “Animal.” I saw the cast details and I found a face and a name I didn’t recognize. Finding out about this guy led me to a whole new world of how so many young Indian men from small towns are gaming the system to manufacture their own fake online clout. So who is this guy? I had not heard of him before and he is named in the “Top cast” category for this movie, alongside Indian actor Ranbir Kapoor. According to his IMDb page, he has acting credits in some big-budget productions. I am beginning to suspect that this could be a case of IMDb vandalism. IMDb allows anyone to add and edit pages. They don’t allow you to see the edit history of a page though like Wikipedia and evidently, the edits are not reviewed effectively either.

I googled this guy. Wow, so Google has a knowledge panel on him. There are also links to his music on various music platforms. Okay, so probably he is pretending to be an actor on IMDb but according to his google search results, he is actually a legit musician? Skimming through the search results, I found biographies written about him on a few websites of doubtful credibility. Like this one on a website called issuewire.com. I looked at his YouTube and other social media profiles and he doesn’t have a lot of followers or any music content on there. I shazamed a couple of his songs and they’re just copies of existing random music mashed together with some audio editing tool like Audacity. Possibly to avoid getting copyright notices. Hmm. I think I am now beginning to get a clearer picture of what’s going on here.

He set up a profile on a bunch of different music streaming platforms. Uploaded remixed mash-up of existing songs using some audio editing software. Published biographies and profiles about himself on sites that do not verify submissions. Set up an IMDb page with fake credits. All this to trick google into believing he is a person of eminence. […] I went back to his IMDb and checked the cast details of some of the movies he is part of. And I found a few dozen profiles with the exact same modus operandi.

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Source: Slashdot – The Case of Fake IMDb Credits

Parking in the Sun for 30 Minutes Could One Day Make Your Car's Scratches Disappear

Like a screen protector for your entire car, a new protective coating developed by researchers at the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology could actually go one step further than the plastic films you apply to your smartphone’s display. When exposed to the sun, it’s able to heal itself, making scratches…

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Source: Gizmodo – Parking in the Sun for 30 Minutes Could One Day Make Your Car’s Scratches Disappear

Wait, The Walking Dead's Daryl Spin-Off Takes Place Where?!?!

Mon dieu! Zut alors! Merde! French fries! The Walking Dead’s ever-expanding TV universe head honcho, Scott Gimple, has revealed that the upcoming spin-off starring Norman Reedus’ Daryl will somehow take place in France, and I simply can’t wrap my tête around it.

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Source: Gizmodo – Wait, The Walking Dead’s Daryl Spin-Off Takes Place Where?!?!