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Best Wireless Car Chargers for 2023 - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2023-11-16 20:00
It's time to ditch the loose wire in your car. These wireless car chargers will have your phone juiced up by the time you arrive at your destination.

Alibaba Cancels Cloud Spinoff, Blames US Chip Sanctions

SlashDot - Thu, 2023-11-16 19:45
Alibaba is canceling the scheduled IPO of its cloud division due to the impact of the U.S. government's CPU export bans to China. The Register reports: The Chinese e-commerce giant reported the move alongside its calendar Q3 earnings, otherwise a generally positive quarter, with the group reporting an income from operations of $4.6 billion, up 34 percent year-on-year, and revenue of $30.8 billion, up 9 percent. Alibaba also said US export restrictions could affect its business more generally by making it harder for the company to upgrade its existing hardware. [...] It's worth noting that the Cloud Intelligence Group brought in $3.789 billion in revenue but earnings before income tax and amortization was $193 million, up 44 percent on the same period a year earlier. Cloud sales growth has stalled in 2023 as customers weigh up their spending. "We believe that these new restrictions [referring to expanded restrictions announced in October] may materially and adversely affect Cloud Intelligence Group's ability to offer products and services and to perform under existing contracts, thereby negatively affecting our results of operations and financial condition," Alibaba said. "We believe that a full spin-off of Cloud Intelligence Group may not achieve the intended effect of shareholder value enhancement," the company added. "Accordingly, we have decided to not proceed with a full spin-off, and instead we will focus on developing a sustainable growth model for Cloud Intelligence Group (CIG) under the fluid circumstances." "The US needs to stop politicizing and weaponizing trade and tech issues and stop destabilizing global industrial and supply chains," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said in response to the US's new restrictions.

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Prison Phone Company Leaked 600,000 Users' Data and Didn't Notify Them

SlashDot - Thu, 2023-11-16 19:02
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Prison phone company Global Tel*Link leaked the personal information of nearly 650,000 users and failed to notify most of the users that their personal data was exposed, the Federal Trade Commission said today. The company agreed to a settlement that requires it to change its security practices and offer free credit monitoring and identity protection to affected users, but the settlement doesn't include a fine. "Global Tel*Link and two of its subsidiaries failed to implement adequate security safeguards to protect personal information they collect from users of its services, which enabled bad actors to gain access to unencrypted personal information stored in the cloud and used for testing," the FTC said. A security researcher notified Global Tel*Link of the breach on August 13, 2020, according to the FTC's complaint (PDF). This happened just after "the company and a third-party vendor copied a large volume of sensitive, unencrypted personal information about nearly 650,000 real users of its products and services into the cloud but failed to take adequate steps to protect the data," the FTC said. The data was copied to an Amazon Web Services test environment to test a new version of a search software product. For about two days, the data was in the test environment and "accessible via the Internet without password protection or other access controls," the FTC said. After hearing from the security researcher, Global Tel*Link reconfigured the test environment to cut off public access. But a few weeks later, the firm was notified by an identity monitoring vendor that the data was available on the dark web. Global Tel*Link didn't notify any users until May 2021, and even then, it only notified a subset of them, according to the FTC. [...] The complaint said that Global Tel*Link violated the Federal Trade Commission Act's section on unfair or deceptive acts or practices and charged the firm with unfair data security practices, unfair failure to notify affected consumers of the incident, misrepresentations regarding data security, misrepresentations to individual users regarding the incident, misrepresentations to individual users regarding notice, and deceptive representations to prison facilities regarding the incident. To settle the charges, the company agreed to new security protocols, including "'change management' measures to all of its systems to help reduce the risk of human error, use of multifactor authentication, and procedures to minimize the amount of data it collects and stores," the FTC said. Global Tel*Link also has to notify the affected users who were not previously notified of the breach and provide them with credit monitoring and identity protection products. The product must include $1,000,000 worth of identity theft insurance to cover costs related to identity theft or fraud. The company must also notify consumers and prison facilities within 30 days of future data breaches and notify the FTC of the incidents, the agency said. Violations of the settlement could result in fines of $50,120 for each violation, the FTC said.

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Google News Removing Magazine Support In December 2023

SlashDot - Thu, 2023-11-16 18:20
Google has announced that its News app and will remove support for paid magazines next month. "The removal not only applies to new subscriptions/purchases, but also to existing libraries of magazines," reports 9to5Google. "That means that users who have paid for magazines to use them in the Google News app will be cut off pretty soon." From the report: Ahead of the December 18 shutdown, users will be able to export copies of paid magazines. Magazines that cannot be exported due to interactive elements will be eligible for a refund. Google explains: "Support for magazine content in Google News is being discontinued beginning on December 18, 2023, which means if you previously purchased or subscribed to magazines, access from Google News apps or to your library of magazines will be removed. To continue to access previously purchased magazine content, we are providing the opportunity to export and save each purchased issue. In some cases, purchased magazines contain interactive elements that cannot be downloaded and saved for future access, and we are offering a refund for this content." The company further adds that affected users will receive an email titled "An update to Google News magazine support" which will contain instructions on how to download copies of magazines they've paid for. However, the cutoff for downloads and/or refunds is also December 18, 2023, which means the clock is ticking. You can access your library of magazines on News here.

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'Hallucinate' Chosen As Cambridge Dictionary's Word of the Year

SlashDot - Thu, 2023-11-16 17:40
Cambridge dictionary's word of the year for 2023 is "hallucinate," a verb that took on a new meaning with the rise in popularity of artificial intelligence chatbots. The Guardian reports: The original definition of the chosen word is to "seem to see, hear, feel, or smell" something that does not exist, usually because of "a health condition or because you have taken a drug." It now has an additional meaning, relating to when artificial intelligence systems such as ChatGPT, which generates text that mimics human writing, "hallucinates" and produces false information. The word was chosen because the new meaning "gets to the heart of why people are talking about AI," according to a post on the dictionary site. Generative AI is a "powerful" but "far from perfect" tool, "one we're all still learning how to interact with safely and effectively -- this means being aware of both its potential strengths and its current weaknesses." The dictionary added a number of AI-related entries this year, including large language model (or LLM), generative AI (or GenAI), and GPT (an abbreviation of Generative Pre-trained Transformer). "AI hallucinations remind us that humans still need to bring their critical thinking skills to the use of these tools," continued the post. "Large language models are only as reliable as the information their algorithms learn from. Human expertise is arguably more important than ever, to create the authoritative and up-to-date information that LLMs can be trained on."

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Grab This 55-Inch TCL 4K Roku TV for $188 During Walmart's Black Friday Sale - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2023-11-16 17:08
It just got a lot more affordable to revamp your entertainment setup with one of our favorite smart TVs.

How to Open a Savings Account in 4 Simple Steps - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2023-11-16 17:00
Ready to start saving? Follow these easy steps.

The EU Will Finally Free Windows Users From Bing

SlashDot - Thu, 2023-11-16 17:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Microsoft will soon let Windows 11 users in the European Economic Area (EEA) disable its Bing web search, remove Microsoft Edge, and even add custom web search providers -- including Google if it's willing to build one -- into its Windows Search interface. All of these Windows 11 changes are part of key tweaks that Microsoft has to make to its operating system to comply with the European Commission's Digital Markets Act, which comes into effect in March 2024. Microsoft will be required to meet a slew of interoperability and competition rules, including allowing users "to easily un-install pre-installed apps or change default settings on operating systems, virtual assistants, or web browsers that steer them to the products and services of the gatekeeper and provide choice screens for key services." Alongside clearly marking which apps are system components in Windows 11, Microsoft is also responding by adding the ability to uninstall the following apps: Camera, Cortana, Web Search from Microsoft Bing in the EEA, Microsoft Edge in the EEA, and Photos. Only Windows 11 users in the EEA will be able to fully remove Microsoft Edge and the Bing-powered web search from Windows Search. Microsoft could easily extend this to all Windows 11 users, but it's limiting this extra functionality to EEA markets to comply with the rules. In EEA markets -- which includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway -- Windows 11 users will also get access to new interoperability features for feeds in the Windows Widgets board and web search in Windows Search. This will allow search providers like Google to extend the main Windows Search interface with their own custom web searches. Microsoft will allow EEA machines to remove the Bing results, so Google could provide its own search results here and effectively become the default if a user has uninstalled Bing. "If the user has more than one search provider installed, Windows Search will show the last one used when opened," explains Aaron Grady, partner group product manager for Windows, in a statement to The Verge.

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Black Friday 2023 Live Blog: Early Deals Vetted by Experts - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2023-11-16 16:46
Shop trending Black Friday sales and hand-picked discounts from our expert deal hunters.

Best Internet Providers With No Data Caps - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2023-11-16 16:39
Unlimited data should be a given with home internet service, but not all ISPs offer it. Here are the best internet service providers with no data caps.

Users Can't Speak To Viral AI Girlfriend CarynAI Because CEO Is in Jail

SlashDot - Thu, 2023-11-16 16:20
samleecole writes: People who paid to speak to an AI girlfriend modeled after real life 23-year-old influencer Caryn Marjorie are distraught because the service they paid for, Forever Companions, no longer works. It appears that the service stopped working shortly after Forever Companion CEO and founder John Meyer was arrested for trying to set his own apartment on fire. 404 Media tested CarynAI today as well as other AI bots and confirmed the service is not working. According to what we saw in the Telegram channel where Forever Companion users start conversations with CarynAI, the service has not been working since October 23. "I terminated my relationship with Forever Voices due to unforeseen circumstances," Marjorie told 404 Media in an email. "I wish the best for John Meyer and his family as he recovers from his mental health crisis. We didn't see this coming but I vow to push CarynAI forward for my fans and supporters." On October 30, Marjorie also announced that she's making a similar AI companion, "CarynAI 2.0," with another company called Banter AI. On social media for the last few weeks, the official Forever Voices Twitter account has been posting bizarre videos and statements about the CIA, Donald Trump, and the FBI.

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Production-ready Lucid Gravity SUV Claims 440-Mile Range - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2023-11-16 16:07
Lucid Motors adds a full-size SUV to its stable, debuting the new Gravity with bold and potentially class-leading range and performance claims.

Amazon To Sell Cars Online, Starting With Hyundai

SlashDot - Thu, 2023-11-16 15:40
Speaking of things Amazon can or cannot sell on its platform, the e-commerce giant getting into the car business. From a report: The e-commerce giant along with new partner Hyundai announced Thursday at the 2023 LA Auto Show that it will start selling vehicles on its website in the second half of 2024. Hyundai vehicles will be the first vehicles sold on's U.S. store with other brands following later in the year. The Amazon car sales section will allow customers to shop for vehicles in their area based on a range of preferences, including model, trim, color, and features, choose their preferred car, and then check out online with their chosen payment and financing options. Customers will be able to buy a vehicle online and then pick it up or have it delivered by their local dealership, according to Amazon.

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Best iPad for 2023 - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2023-11-16 15:28
CNET tested the current Apple iPad crop to find the best one for your needs right now, but there's also a new generation on the horizon.

Developers Can't Seem To Stop Exposing Credentials in Publicly Accessible Code

SlashDot - Thu, 2023-11-16 15:00
Despite more than a decade of reminding, prodding, and downright nagging, a surprising number of developers still can't bring themselves to keep their code free of credentials that provide the keys to their kingdoms to anyone who takes the time to look for them. From a report: The lapse stems from immature coding practices in which developers embed cryptographic keys, security tokens, passwords, and other forms of credentials directly into the source code they write. The credentials make it easy for the underlying program to access databases or cloud services necessary for it to work as intended. [...] The number of studies published since following the revelations underscored just how common the practice had been and remained in the years immediately following Uber's cautionary tale. Sadly, the negligence continues even now. Researchers from security firm GitGuardian this week reported finding almost 4,000 unique secrets stashed inside a total of 450,000 projects submitted to PyPI, the official code repository for the Python programming language. Nearly 3,000 projects contained at least one unique secret. Many secrets were leaked more than once, bringing the total number of exposed secrets to almost 57,000.

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Best Rural Internet Providers of 2023 - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2023-11-16 14:44
Internet in rural areas doesn't have to be slow or overly expensive. Here are the best wired and wireless rural internet providers.

Amazon Kicks Off Black Friday Early With Massive Savings on Echo Devices - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2023-11-16 14:38
Echo speaker bundles are discounted by up to 71% right now, with prices starting at just $18.

Sakara Life's Excellent (and Expensive) Vegan Food Is all 25% Off During a Rare Sitewide Sale - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2023-11-16 14:38
Now is the time to order a haul of the colorful, ultra-healthy meals you've seen all over social media.

Google Updates Its AI Enabled Virtual Try-On Shopping Feature for Holiday Fashion - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2023-11-16 14:28
The new virtual try-on feature uses generative AI to outfit models with different body types for both men and women.