The Boys' Superhero Cheesecake Calendar Is, Uh, Fish-Flavored

Even though superheroes are people with idealized bodies that we’re supposed to ogle and wonder at, because of how seemingly impossible they are, it’s rare that you see male-bodied heroes objectified in a way that highlights their sex appeal. Every so often, you might get a glimpse of Nightwing’s ass or Batman’s wang,…

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Chrome and Firefox Changes Spark the End of 'Extended Validation' Certificates

“Upcoming changes in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox may finally spark the end for Extended Validation certificates as the browsers plan to do away with showing a company’s name in the address bar,” reports Bleeping Computer.

When connecting to a secure web site, an installed SSL/TLS certificate will encrypt the communication between the browser and web server. These certificates come in a few different flavors, with some claiming to offer a more thorough verification process or extra perks. One certificate, called EV Certificates, are known for having a browser display the owner of the certificate directly in the browser’s address bar. This allegedly makes the site feel more trustworthy to a visitor.

In reality, the different types of SSL/TLS certificates all serve a single purpose and that is to encrypt the communication between a browser and web site. Anything extra is seen by many as just a marketing gimmick to charge customers for a more expensive “trustworthy” certificate. In numerous blog posts, security researcher Troy Hunt has stated that EV Certificates will soon be dead as more and more sites switch away from them, because they are much harder to manage due to extra verification times, and because people have become to associate a padlock with a secure site rather than a company name.

With Safari already removing EV Certificate company info from the address bar, most mobile browsers not showing it, and Chrome and Mozilla desktop browsers soon to remove it, Hunt’s predictions are coming true. EV Certificates will soon be dead.

AmiMoJo shared this post from Google’s Chromium blog:

Through our own research as well as a survey of prior academic work, the Chrome Security UX team has determined that the EV UI does not protect users as intended. Users do not appear to make secure choices (such as not entering password or credit card information) when the UI is altered or removed, as would be necessary for EV UI to provide meaningful protection. Further, the EV badge takes up valuable screen real estate, can present actively confusing company names in prominent UI, and interferes with Chrome’s product direction towards neutral, rather than positive, display for secure connections. Because of these problems and its limited utility, we believe it belongs better in Page Info.

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Source: Slashdot – Chrome and Firefox Changes Spark the End of ‘Extended Validation’ Certificates

System76 Unveils Their Firmware Manager Project For Graphically Updating Firmware

While most major hardware vendors have been adopting LVFS+Fwupd for firmware updating on Linux, Linux PC vendor System76 has notably been absent from the party for a variety of reasons. Today they announced their new Firmware Manager project that bridges the gap between their lack of LVFS support and their own hosted firmware service…

Source: Phoronix – System76 Unveils Their Firmware Manager Project For Graphically Updating Firmware

Behind the wheel of VW’s electric dune buggy prototype

Pebble Beach seems a bit too fancy for a dune buggy. But as I slowly roll down 17 Mile road behind the wheel of Volkswagen’s latest electric concept car while trailing supercars, priceless vintage vehicles and RVs, folks alongside the road are ta…

Source: Engadget – Behind the wheel of VW’s electric dune buggy prototype

Bought A Nintendo Switch Recently? Here’s How To Get The New Upgraded Model Free

Bought A Nintendo Switch Recently? Here’s How To Get The New Upgraded Model Free
You might be kicking yourself for having recently purchased a Nintendo Switch console, only to find out Nintendo is now shipping revised models with longer battery life. D’oh! The easiest solution is to return your Switch and purchase a newer SKU, but if a retailer is giving you grief, Nintendo may lend a helping hand.

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Source: Hot Hardware – Bought A Nintendo Switch Recently? Here’s How To Get The New Upgraded Model Free

The Morning After: The struggles of Formula 1's underdogs

Welcome to your weekend. Work email is off and it’s time to enjoy the summer weekend. Maybe that’ll include a new pair of wireless noise-canceling headphones from Bose, maybe it’ll include applying for some free money from Google. You could also get…

Source: Engadget – The Morning After: The struggles of Formula 1’s underdogs

New Attack exploiting serious Bluetooth weakness can intercept sensitive data

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Source: Ars Technica – New Attack exploiting serious Bluetooth weakness can intercept sensitive data

Ask Engadget: I'm a student trying to find my first job or internship

The support shared among readers in the comments section is one of the things we love most about the Engadget community. Over the years, we’ve known you to offer sage advice on everything from Chromecasts and cameras to drones and smartphones. In fac…

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US Set To Give Huawei Another 90 Days To Buy From American Suppliers

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to extend a reprieve given to Huawei Technologies that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from U.S. companies so that it can service existing customers, two sources familiar with the situation said. The “temporary general license” will be extended for Huawei for 90 days, the sources said.

Commerce initially allowed Huawei to purchase some American-made goods in May shortly after blacklisting the company in a move aimed at minimizing disruption for its customers, many of which operate networks in rural America. An extension will renew an agreement set to lapse on August 19, continuing the Chinese company’s ability to maintain existing telecommunications networks and provide software updates to Huawei handsets. The situation surrounding the license, which has become a key bargaining chip for the United States in its trade negotiations with China, remains fluid and the decision to continue the Huawei reprieve could change ahead of the Monday deadline, the sources said.

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Source: Slashdot – US Set To Give Huawei Another 90 Days To Buy From American Suppliers

Wind power prices now lower than the cost of natural gas

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This week, the US Department of Energy released a report that looks back on the state of wind power in the US by running the numbers on 2018. The analysis shows that wind hardware prices are dropping, even as new turbine designs are increasing the typical power generated by each turbine. As a result, recent wind farms have gotten so cheap that you can build and operate them for less than the expected cost of buying fuel for an equivalent natural gas plant.

Wind is even cheaper at the moment because of a tax credit given to renewable energy generation. But that credit is in the process of fading out, leading to long term uncertainty in a power market where demand is generally stable or dropping.

A lot of GigaWatts

2018 saw about 7.6 GigaWatts of new wind capacity added to the grid, accounting for just over 20 percent of the US’ capacity additions. This puts it in third place behind natural gas and solar power. That’s less impressive than it might sound, however, given that things like coal and nuclear are essentially at a standstill. Because the best winds aren’t evenly distributed in the US, there are areas, like parts of the Great Plains, where wind installations were more than half of the new power capacity installed.

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Source: Ars Technica – Wind power prices now lower than the cost of natural gas

Oracle Continues Working On eBPF Support For GCC 10

Back in May we wrote about Oracle’s initial plans for introducing an eBPF back-end to GCC 10 to allow this GNU compiler to target this general purpose in-kernel virtual machine. Up to this point LLVM Clang has been the focused compiler for eBPF but those days are numbered with Oracle on Friday pushing out the newest GCC patches…

Source: Phoronix – Oracle Continues Working On eBPF Support For GCC 10

Korg Volca Modular synth review: As weird as it is affordable

This review is a little different. Normally when Engadget reviews something, we’re bringing years of experience and expertise to the table. But not here. The Volca Modular is a semimodular, West Coast-style synthesizer. And until I received this revi…

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Unigine 2.9 Further Enhances Its Stunning Visuals

It’s a pity there doesn’t seem to be any new adoption of Unigine as a game engine, but this visually impressive platform does continue seeing much success in the area of industrial simulations, professional VR platforms, and related areas. With Unigine 2.9 this Linux-friendly graphics engine is even more stunning…

Source: Phoronix – Unigine 2.9 Further Enhances Its Stunning Visuals