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EngadgetJun 21, 2024
Amazon Prime Day 2024: The best deals to shop ahead of the Prime Day sale and everything we know so far
Amazon Prime Day 2024 will be here soon, which means Prime members will have a ton of sales and deals to sift through during a brief period next month. Prime Day deals typically do not discriminate: everything from clothing to shoes to household essentials can be discounted, and that includes consumer electronics as well. Prime members will get access to all of the deals, but there are usually a few sales available to all Amazon shoppers as well during Prime Day. Engadget will be surfacing all of the best tech deals we can find - both on Amazon and elsewhere - dur

PC World Latest NewsJun 21, 2024
Latest Windows update patches critical Wi-Fi vulnerability

This week's update has a critical patch for a known Wi-Fi vulnerability, which Microsoft rates as an 8.8 out of 10 in terms of danger—so, go ahead and spin up Windows Update sooner rather than later.

As The Register reports, the CVE-2024-30078 bug fix prevents remote code execution (that means "running scary stuff on your PC from somewhere else") via a Wi-Fi driver. The details of this vulnerability aren't public, and it doesn't appear to be being exploited "in the wild," but Microsoft isn't leaving things up to chance. Hackers might be able to figure it out now that it's been addressed.

The same can't be said for the critical CVE-2024-30080 patch, which allows remote code execution via the Microsoft Message Queuing system. This one's dangerous enough that it gets a 9.8 rating, and it may be being exploited at the moment.

Rounding out the security patches is an older issue, CVE-2023-50868, which can be used as a remote denial of service method by overloading resources using Domain Name System Security Extensions. It's mostly a server issue and less important for regular users.

These fixes should be applied for all Windows 10 and Windows 11 users, so don't delay. Get crackin' on your Windows updates today!

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CNET NewsJun 21, 2024
Eager for iOS 18? What You Should Know Before Downloading the Beta Version - CNET
Thinking about installing the iOS 18 developer beta? Read this first so you know what to expect.

EngadgetJun 21, 2024
The Morning After: How small claims court became Meta's customer service hotline
Did you know Meta has a customer services department? If you have a problem with Facebook, Instagram and the rest, you might find it hard to get some of that service. Instead, people have been taking Meta to small claims court to get some kind of response to their complaints. Engadget spoke with five individuals who have sued Meta in small claims court over the last two years. In three cases, the plaintiffs were able to restore access to at least one lost account, but all eventually got the attention of Meta's legal team.

The company has argued that it is not liable for more than $100 in damages according to its terms of service. However, some plaintiffs were awarded thousands of dollars — which still might pale compared to lost earnings for those whose businesses revolve around their Facebook or Instagram presence. We chart the mixed results of these users and Meta's logic in giving them so much attention.

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EngadgetJun 20, 2024
Amazon says it's cut down on those plastic air pillows in packages
You know those little plastic air bags in your more fragile Amazon purchases that make perfect popping noise makers when you crush them? Amazon says it's reduced its usage of them and plans to completely eliminate using them by the end of the year.

The ecommerce behemoth announced on its news blog that it has reduced the use of plastic air pillows by 95 percent and switched to crumbled paper filler instead. Amazon also says it plans to use paper filler for "nearly all" of its customer deliveries on Prime Day.

The company says its decision to phase out the use of plastic air cushions at its distribution centers aims to eliminate unnecessary waste and focus more on using recycled materials.

Plastic pollution has always been a concern when it comes to our environment but it has dramatically increased as a result of Amazon's meteoric rise especially during the COVID pandemic. The nonprofit ocean conservation group Oceana released a study in 2021 showing that Amazon produced 599 million pounds of plastic waste in 2020. The group also estimated that the waste produced from plastic air pillows alone "would circle the Earth more than 600 times."

This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/amazon-says-its-cut-down-on-those-plastic-air-pillows-in-packages-222953642.html?src=rss


Washington Post TechJun 20, 2024
Everything TikTok users need to know about a possible ban in the U.S.
What are the odds that TikTok will disappear? When? And what should you do in the meantime?

Fox Technology newsMay 25, 2024
Amazingly easy secret trick to save full-page screenshots as images on your Android
Tech wizard Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson reveals a little-known secret for taking and saving a full-page screenshot on your Android phone.
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