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CNET NewsFeb 21, 2024
iOS 17.4 Beta 4: Your iPhone Could Get Virtual Card Numbers for Apple Cash - CNET
Developers and beta testers can access some of these features now, depending on their location.

Apple Sports puts real-time scores on your iPhone lock screen (Engadget)

Computer World Security NewsFeb 21, 2024
Apple's iMessage gains industry-leading quantum security
Apple is preparing for future threats to iMessage by introducing upgraded encryption for its messaging service by using quantum computers.

Think of it as state-of-the-art quantum security for messaging at scale, the company says, resulting in Apple's messaging system being more secure against both current and future foes.

What is the protection? Announced on Apple's Security Research blog, the new iMessage protection is called PQ3 and promises the "strongest security properties of any at-scale messaging protocol in the world."

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Apple boosting iMessage security to protect against future quantum computing attacks (Yahoo Technology)

Yahoo TechnologyFeb 21, 2024
Google debuts Gemini for Business as tech firms seek to monetize AI investments

CNET NewsFeb 21, 2024
Best Rural Internet Providers of 2024 - CNET
Rural internet is improving, but options are still limited in many areas. Here are the best wired and wireless rural internet providers to consider.

EngadgetFeb 21, 2024
Google's Duet AI for businesses is now called Gemini too
Google doesn't have the best track record for naming its products, especially when it comes to messaging and video chat apps, and it looks like that trend is continuing into its AI apps. After announcing its new lightweight AI model Gemma earlier today, Google is also revealing that its Duet AI for enterprises using Workspace has also been rebranded to Gemini. If you'll recall, that's the next-generation AI model Google announced late last year, a name which also ended up being used for its Bard AI chatbot too. What's next, an AI model for smartwatches called Gem?

Businesses will have two Gemini for Workspace plans to choose from: Gemini Business, a new option for $20 a month that's available to organizations of all sizes, and Gemini Enterprise, a $30 a month offering for larger companies and "heavy uses of generative AI." Just like before, consumers will also have access to the AI features in Workspace apps by subscribing to a Google One AI Premium plan, which starts at $20 a month.

Consumers and businesses subscribed to these plans will also be able to use the Gemini chat experience at gemini.google.com. The company says it has "enterprise-grade data protections" and copyright indemnification, so it won't use

CNET NewsFeb 21, 2024
Best Internet Providers in College Station, Texas - CNET
Optimum rules College Station's broadband scene, but a few others aren't far behind. From cable service to speedy fiber plans, check out CNET's top picks.

EngadgetFeb 21, 2024
Google introduces a lightweight open AI model called Gemma
Google has released an open AI model called Gemma, which it says is created using the same research and technology that was used to build its Gemini AI models. The company says Gemma is its contribution to the open community and is meant to help developers "in building AI responsibly." As such, it also introduced the Responsible Generative AI Toolkit alongside Gemma. It contains a debugging tool, as well as a guide with best practices for AI development based on Google's experience.

The company has made Gemma available in two different sizes — Gemma 2B and Gemma 7B — which both come with pre-trained and instruction-tuned variants and are both lightweight enough to run directly on a developer's laptop or desktop computer. Google says Gemma surpasses much larger models when it comes to key benchmarks and that both model sizes outperform other open models out there. 

In addition to being powerful, the Gemma models were trained to be safe. Google used automated techniques to strip personal information from the data it used to train the models, and it used reinforcement learning based on human feedback to ensure Gemma's instruction-tuned variants show responsible behaviors. Companies and independent developers could use Gemma to create AI-powered applications, especially if none of the currently available open models are powerful enough for what they want to build. 

Google has plans to introduce even more Gemma variants in the future for an even more diverse range of applications. That said, those who want to start working with the models right now can access them through data science platform Kaggle, the company's Colab notebooks or through Google Cloud. 

This article originally appeared on E

Mac RumorsFeb 21, 2024
Apple's New Sports App for iPhone Focused on Simplicity, Says Eddy Cue
Apple today released a new sports app for the iPhone that shows scores, stats, standings, upcoming games, betting odds, and more for a variety of leagues, such as the MLB, MLS, NBA, NHL, Premier League, and the NFL when its next season begins. For ongoing games, the app also displays real-time play-by-play information.

CNET How ToFeb 21, 2024
Don't Throw Out Your COLA Letter From December 2023 Just Yet. Here's Why - CNET
Make sure you know where to find your cost-of-living adjustment letter the Social Security Administration mailed to you.

CNET How ToFeb 21, 2024
Bag Apple's M1 iPad Air for Just $449, Its Lowest Price Yet - CNET
You can now save a whopping $150 off the M1 iPad Air and pay just $449, but for how long?

SlashDotFeb 21, 2024
Apple Says the iPhone 15's Battery Has Double the Promised Lifespan

Mac RumorsFeb 21, 2024
Apple's OLED Roadmap: New iPad Mini, Foldable iPad Pro, and More
Apple is planning to launch at least nine new devices with OLED displays across the iPad and MacBook product lines, according to an updated forecast from research firm Omdia that sets out the company's plans in detail.

CNET NewsFeb 21, 2024
Liverpool vs. Luton Livestream: How to Watch English Premier League Soccer From Anywhere - CNET
The Merseysiders look to extend their lead at the top of the table as they host the Hatters at Anfield.

Watch Champions League Soccer: Livestream Napoli vs. Barcelona From Anywhere - CNET (CNET News)

SlashDotFeb 21, 2024
Apple Rolls Out iMessage Upgrade To Withstand Decryption By Quantum Computers

Gizmag Emerging TechFeb 21, 2024
Apple Vision Pro is about to enable fully immersive 3D music production
Producing music these days can be something of a flat experience, undertaken using powerful software running on a computer. With the sales launch of the Apple Vision Pro, DAW maker Hit'n'Mix is planning to immerse musicians in their creations.

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Apple's Vision Pro isn't a full-fledged Mac replacement — yet (ComputerWorld)

CNET How ToFeb 21, 2024
Score a $150 Credit When You Grab an Unlocked Galaxy Z Flip at Amazon - CNET
Get a great deal on one of the best foldable phones on the market right now.

CNET How ToFeb 21, 2024
This $74 Portable Power Station Can Power Your Laptop on the Go - CNET
Three discounts rolled into one cut the price of this Baseus battery by over $100 at Amazon.

EngadgetFeb 21, 2024
FTC concludes Twitter didn't violate data security rules, in spite of Musk's orders
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) concluded Elon Musk ordered Twitter (now X) employees to take actions that would have violated an FTC consent decree regarding consumers' data privacy and security. The investigation arose from the late 2022 episode informally known as "The Twitter Files," where Musk ordered staff to let outside writers access internal documents from the company's systems. However, the FTC says Twitter security veterans "took appropriate measures to protect consumers' private information," likely sparing Musk's company from government repercussions by ignoring his directive.

FTC Chair Lina Khan discussed the conclusions in a public letter sent Tuesday to House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan (via The Washington Post). Jordan and his Republican colleagues have tried to turn the FTC's investigation into a political wedge issue, framing the inquiry as a free speech violation — perhaps to shore up GOP sup

GizmodoFeb 21, 2024
Winklevoss Twins Donate $4.9 Million to Crypto Group Trying to Influence 2024 Election
Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss have donated $4.9 million to the political action committee Fairshake, according to new filings with the U.S. Federal Election Committee. It's just the latest windfall for Fairshake, which is spending millions to run attack ads against Katie Porter, a Democrat who's running for Diane…


CNET How ToFeb 21, 2024
‘Exceptional' Trees, Newlywed Perks: 5 Weird State Tax Breaks - CNET
State tax codes have many quirks. How many of these unusual deductions have you heard of?

'Exceptional' Trees, Newlywed Perks: 5 Weird State Tax Breaks - CNET (CNET News)

CNET NewsFeb 21, 2024
Best VPN Deals: Get a VPN Subscription for as Low as $2 a Month - CNET
Ready to invest in a VPN? Check out these stellar VPN deals that will score you substantial savings on your new subscription.

Mac RumorsFeb 21, 2024
Hands-On With the New 'Apple Sports' App
Apple today released Apple Sports, a brand new app that's designed to be a dedicated hub for sports fans to find real-time statistics, scores, lineup details, live betting odds, and more. This is Apple's first new app in some time, so we thought we'd give it a quick evaluation.

CNET How ToFeb 21, 2024
Best Solar Panel Installation Companies Throughout New England - CNET
Northeastern states have solid incentives for homeowners to get solar panels, ranging from net metering to property tax exemptions. Here's what you should know.

Wired NewsFeb 21, 2024
Neuralink's First Brain Implant Is Working. Elon Musk's Transparency Isn't
Elon Musk says Neuralink's first human trial subject can control a computer mouse with their brain, but some researchers are frustrated by a lack of information about the study.

CNET NewsFeb 21, 2024
Refinance Rates Keep Mostly Steady: Mortgage Refinance Rates for Feb. 21, 2024 - CNET
Homeowners looking to refinance will have to be patient until mortgage rates drop further.

CNET NewsFeb 21, 2024
30-Year Fixed Mortgages Keeping Above 7%: Mortgage Interest Rates for Feb. 21, 2024 - CNET
The mortgage market had a positive start in 2024, but where will it end up?

Mac RumorsFeb 21, 2024
'Apple Sports' App Announced With Personalized Scoreboards and More
Apple today announced "Apple Sports," a new free app that provides real-time statistics, scores, and more.

Washington Post TechFeb 21, 2024
Employees prevented Musk from breaking federal Twitter order, FTC finds
Musk gave directives that ran afoul of the order, but employees implemented safeguards to protect consumers' data, the Federal Trade Commission found.

EngadgetFeb 21, 2024
Appeals court overturns $1 billion copyright lawsuit against Cox
An appeals court has blocked a $1 billion copyright verdict from 2019 against US internet service provider Cox Communications and ordered a retrial, Arts Technica has reported. A three-judge panel ruled unanimously that Cox didn't profit directly from its users' piracy, rebutting claims from Sony, Universal and Warner. 

The judges did affirm the original jury's finding of willful contributory infringement from the trial, first announced back in 2018. To that effect, they ordered a new damages trial that may reduce the size of the award.

"We reverse the vicarious liability verdict and remand for a new trial on damages because Cox did not profit from its subscribers' acts of infringement, a legal prerequisite for vicarious liability," the panel wrote. It added that "no reasonable jury could find that Cox received a direct financial benefit from its subscribers' infringement of Plaintiffs' copyrights." 

Cox allegedly refused to take "reasonable measures" to fight piracy, according to the original allegations. Internet providers are supposed to terminate the accounts of offending users, but the ISP only conducted temporary disconnections and warned some users more than 100 times. The labels claimed it even instituted a cap on accepted copyright complaints and cut back on anti-piracy staffers.

However, the judges said that Sony offered no causal connection between infringement and higher revenues for Cox. "No evidence suggest that customers chose Cox's Internet service, as opposed to a comp

Major GeeksFeb 21, 2024
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CNET NewsFeb 21, 2024
Mortgage Refinance Rates for Feb. 21, 2024: Rates Are Mixed - CNET
Refinance rates were mixed this week.

ComputerWorldFeb 21, 2024
Microsoft Copilot Pro review: Office joins the genAI revolution
Microsoft's $20-per-month Copilot Pro subscription gives you access to Microsoft's Copilot AI assistant in Office. That means Copilot can help you write Word documents, work with Excel spreadsheets, create PowerPoint presentations, put together Outlook emails, lay out notes in OneNote, and answer questions about whatever file you have open.

That's the hallmark feature of Copilot Pro: AI built into Office, finally available to anyone — not just businesses. But Copilot Pro offers a lot more, and Microsoft will soon be pushing it to everyone via ads: The company is already experimenting with Copilot Pro ads in Windows 11's Settings app.

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Upgrade to Windows 11 Pro and Microsoft Office Pro 2021 for $80 this week only (PC World Latest News)

GizmodoFeb 21, 2024
Sorry, There Is No German TV Show Dedicated to Cutting Food Perfectly in Half
In recent days, the internet has become enthralled with a 20-second of video a man attempting to cut a pretzel perfectly in half. The short clip purported to come from a German TV show dedicated entirely to the art of cutting things in half. But as disappointed users soon found out, no such German TV show exists.


EngadgetFeb 21, 2024
The Borderlands movie trailer has all the nuance of a Borderlands game
There's a Borderlands movie coming out, and now we have our very first teaser trailer. This footage gives us a glimpse of all of the major characters, most of which are sourced from the game, and the tone that director Eli Roth is going for.

There's a definite Guardians of the Galaxy vibe running throughout. Maybe it's the heavy use of an iconic Electric Light Orchestra song, or maybe it's the ragtag group of adventurers or the mix of action and humor. In any event, director Eli Roth seems to be channeling his best James Gunn. All things considered, that seems to be the right tone for a Borderlands movie. Color us cautiously optimistic.

Now onto the cast and the characters that franchise fans know and love. Cate Blanchett plays the famously short-tempered Lilith and the actress certainly looks the part. Just look at that hair and outfit. The film follows Blanchett as she looks for a mysterious vault rumored to be stuffed to the brim with sweet, sweet loot. It's just like the game!

Jamie Lee Curtis plays the scientist Dr. Tannis, an NPC in all three of the mainline Borderlands games. Comedian Kevin Hart portrays the mercenary Roland, a playable soldier in many of the games. Jack Black, following his turn as

Yahoo TechnologyFeb 21, 2024
Private US spacecraft enters orbit around the moon ahead of landing attempt

GizmodoFeb 21, 2024
Borderlands' First Trailer Is Heavy on the Chaos
Lionsgate has been trying to get a Borderlands movie off the ground since 2015, with Eli Roth becoming attached to the project in 2020. After a longer-than-expected wait and a series of reshoots with Tim Miller at the helm, the movie is a real thing, and it's coming in August. The first trailer, however, is here now:


GizmodoFeb 21, 2024
ChatGPT Went Berserk, Giving Nonsensical Responses All Night
ChatGPT started throwing out "unexpected responses" on Tuesday night according to OpenAI's status page. Users posted screenshots of their ChatGPT conversations full of wild, nonsensical answers from the AI chatbot.


CNET How ToFeb 21, 2024
Max: The 34 Absolute Best TV Shows to Watch - CNET
Here are some highly rated series to watch on Max, plus a look at what's new in February.

CNET How ToFeb 21, 2024
Yes, Side Hustle Income Gets Taxed, but There Are Some Breaks. How It Works - CNET
Your freelance income is subject to self-employment tax, but there are deductions you can take to help lower your overall bill.

GizmodoFeb 21, 2024
Report: Avengers: Kang Dynasty Is Getting a Name Change, and Could Drop Kang Entirely
Superhero movies are in a weird place right now, especially at Marvel's house of ideas. Even as recent films struggle to land with audiences like the surefire hits of old, the studio is ready to look ahead with the heightened interest in what's on the horizon. But part of that horizon includes navigating the murky…


CNET NewsFeb 21, 2024
There's Still Time to Save With Extended Presidents Day Mattress Sales - CNET
You didn't miss your chance to save on your next bed -- 19 top brands like DreamCloud, Casper and Brooklyn Bedding have extended their Presidents Day mattress sales.

Yahoo TechnologyFeb 21, 2024
Palo Alto Networks Plunges by Most Ever After Cutting Outlook

CNET NewsFeb 21, 2024
Today's Best Savings Rates, Feb. 21, 2024: Don't Sleep on Savings Rates More Than 10 Times the National Average - CNET
Savings rates remain elevated -- but don't expect that to last forever.

Travel for Less With This $80 Lifetime OneAir Elite Subscription - CNET (CNET News)

CNET NewsFeb 21, 2024
Apple's Next iOS Update Protects iMessage Against Future Quantum Computing Attacks - CNET
Although Apple says bad actors aren't using quantum computing to break into your messages yet, this update aims to safeguard them.

ComputerWorldFeb 20, 2024
Box CEO 'insanely excited' about future of Vision Pro, work, and AI
Enterprise content cloud and collaboration service Box was fast out the gate with its own feature-filled take on support for Apple's Vision Pro. I spoke with Box co-founder and CEO Aaron Levie, who described how the company sees spatial computing transforming the enterprise and elsewhere.

For Levie, the disruptive tech trends of the last 20 years have set the scene for yet another change wave. "I think we have the early semblance of a new set of trends that are only just starting to mature that may represent the next two decades of changing computing," he said.

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ResearchBuzzFeb 20, 2024
Meme Culture, Reddit, 404 Media, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 20, 2024
EVENTS Dartmouth College: Navigating the ‘Memosphere'. "Professor Nirvana Tanoukhi created the first college course on the rise of meme culture and will co-lead a public conference at Dartmouth on Feb. 23 and […]

Mac RumorsFeb 20, 2024
Anker Introduces Big Discounts on Popular Portable Batteries, USB-C Chargers, and More
Anker today has a large collection of accessories on sale at Amazon, including the return of a discount on the popular 60,000 mAh Power Station with Retractable Light and Smart Display, available for $109.99 with an on-page coupon, down from $149.95. You'll find chargers, USB-C accessories, portable batteries, and more on sale this time around.

ResearchBuzzFeb 20, 2024
Illinois Black History, Nigeria Album Covers, Jamaica Finance, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, February 20, 2024
NEW RESOURCES Evanston Round Table: Paging through the lively CCC Newsette, a ‘substantial record' of Evanston's Black history. "The small but mighty CCC Newsette warmed hearts and heated up mailboxes across Evanston's […]

Yahoo TechnologyFeb 20, 2024
Hack VC Raises $150 Million for Bets on Battered Crypto Industry

GizmodoFeb 20, 2024
Scammers Sent Fake iPhones 'For Repair' to Get $3 Million in Authentic Phones From Apple
Two men in Maryland who sent thousands of counterfeit iPhones to Apple for repairs to get authentic replacement iPhones in return were found guilty by a federal jury on Tuesday, according to an announcement from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. The men now face up to 20 years in prison.


SlashDotFeb 20, 2024
Cox Communications Wins Order Overturning $1 Billion US Copyright Verdict

ComputerWorldFeb 20, 2024
Ensure security and collaboration thrive in the hybrid working era
iStock Small and medium sized businesses can cut costs and drive growth by adopting remote working - but increasingly sophisticated cyber attackers can exploit these new practices.

To read this article in full, please click here

CNET NewsFeb 20, 2024
This $100 Microsoft Bundle Includes Windows 11 Pro, Office 2019, Visio and Project - CNET
Microsoft's Windows OS and Office suite of apps are the industry standard, but gaining access to its software can cost you a pretty penny. This bundle offer certainly helps save you some cash.

SlashDotFeb 20, 2024
Walmart To Buy TV Maker Vizio For $2.3 Billion

Gizmag Emerging TechFeb 20, 2024
ADHD may have had evolutionary benefits
While current diagnostic definitions of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are relatively new, the general condition has been identified by clinicians under a variety of names for centuries. Recent genetic studies have revealed the condition to be highly heritable, meaning the majority of those with the condition have genetically inherited it from their parents.

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Gizmag Emerging TechFeb 20, 2024
Brightest object in the universe is... A supermassive black hole?
You'd assume that the brightest object in the known universe would be a pretty easy thing to discover, but astronomers have only just spotted it. This overlooked show-off is a supermassive black hole with the mass of 17 billion Suns, and counting - it swallows another Sun's worth of material every day, making it also the fastest-growing black hole ever found.

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GizmodoFeb 20, 2024
Odysseus Lander Snaps Gorgeous Photos of Earth Ahead of Moon Landing
Intuitive Machines' Odysseus is gearing up for its attempt at a potentially historic landing on the Moon's surface later this week. Things are looking good so far for the lunar lander, which beamed back breathtaking views of Earth from space.


Mac RumorsFeb 17, 2024
Apple Pencil 2 Falls to New Record Low Price of $79 on Amazon
Amazon today has the Apple Pencil 2 for the new all-time low price of $79.00, down from $129.00. There's an estimated delivery date of Monday, February 19 for Prime members, and no coupon code is required to get this deal.

Gizmag Emerging TechFeb 13, 2024
For better sugar-reduced chocolate ... just swap in some oat flour?
While chocolate will likely never be considered an overall healthy food, it would be good if there could at least be a lower-sugar version of it that people liked just as much as the real thing. Well, it turns out that the addition of oat floor could help make that happen.

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ResearchBuzzFeb 13, 2024
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Twitter, Free Audiobooks, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 13, 2024
NEW RESOURCES Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery: New 3D collection takes users behind-the-scenes like never before. "A new online database showcasing objects from the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery collection […]

Computer World Security NewsJul 11, 2023
4 collaboration security mistakes companies are still making
Before the pandemic, the business world took for granted that the vast majority of knowledge workers would be working in corporate offices most of the time. In the post-pandemic world, however, many employees can work from anywhere, at any time, and on any device with an internet connection.

When COVID-19 work-at-home mandates took effect around the world in early 2020, organizations rushed to adopt online collaboration tools. With capabilities ranging from voice- and videoconferencing to document co-authoring and project tracking, these tools helped teams communicate, work together, and share updates on various projects and initiatives from home or anywhere else.

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TechCrunchJan 05, 2022
HBO Max shows growth despite industry slowdown
The logo for HBO is pictured during the HBO presentation at the Cable portion of the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California August 1, 2012. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

WarnerMedia's HBO Max streaming service gained subscribers over the holiday

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