Day: July 9, 2021

  • Biden’s executive order puts net neutrality back in the spotlight

    Biden’s executive order puts net neutrality back in the spotlight

    Earlier today President Biden signed the Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy, and in it there were several provisions relating to net neutrality. The prior administration’s FCC and FTC rolled back Obama-era rules in those areas, and now there is a clear agenda to restore them. Directives for the FCC from the […]

  • Samsung quietly launched its free TV service on the web

    Samsung quietly launched its free TV service on the web

    Samsung TV Plus displayed on a screen. | Image: Samsung Samsung recently launched a web version of its free and ad-supported Smart TV Plus streaming service for live and linear programming as well as added casting support for Chromecast devices. The streaming product, which was previously limited to Samsung TV and mobile devices, launched as […]

  • The FTC has reportedly opened an investigation into Amazon’s MGM acquisition

    The FTC has reportedly opened an investigation into Amazon’s MGM acquisition

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The Federal Trade Commission has opened an investigation into Amazon’s acquisition of MGM, The Information reported Friday. The Information describes the probe as an “in-depth investigation into the deal,” which could signal that it will stretch on for many months. The investigation also means the deal will be […]

  • President Joe Biden’s latest executive order is a huge win for right to repair

    President Joe Biden’s latest executive order is a huge win for right to repair

    Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images A sweeping executive order aimed at promoting economic competition and signed Friday by President Joe Biden called on the Federal Trade Commission to institute rules to curb anticompetitive restrictions that limit consumers’ ability to repair gadgets on their own terms. Tucked into the executive order that covered 72 initiatives to […]

  • 9to5Rewards: Win the M1 MacBook Air from ALOGIC [Giveaway]

    9to5Rewards: Win the M1 MacBook Air from ALOGIC [Giveaway]

    We’ve teamed up with ALOGIC to celebrate the launch of the company’s new USB-C Universal DX Docking Stations by giving away Apple’s latest M1 MacBook Air to one lucky reader. Head below to get a closer look at the new docking station and enter the giveaway now: more… The post 9to5Rewards: Win the M1 MacBook […]

  • Cheat-maker brags of computer-vision auto-aim that works on “any game”

    Cheat-maker brags of computer-vision auto-aim that works on “any game”

    A sample video shows how computer vision (running on an external computer) detects the enemy and calculates how far the mouse needs to move to target that enemy. When it comes to the cat-and-mouse game of stopping cheaters in online games, anti-cheat efforts often rely in part on technology that ensures the wider system running […]

  • Feds indict “The Bull” for allegedly selling insider stock info on the dark web

    Feds indict “The Bull” for allegedly selling insider stock info on the dark web

    Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Federal prosecutors and attorneys on Friday charged a man with securities fraud for allegedly selling insider stock information on the dark web site AlphaBay. The defendant also sold information through multiple criminal marketplaces and through an encrypted messaging platform. In an indictment filed in federal court in the Southern District of […]

  • How Tencent’s sweeping new facial scans will catch Chinese kids playing past curfew

    How Tencent’s sweeping new facial scans will catch Chinese kids playing past curfew

    Photo by Visual China Group / Getty Images Tencent, the biggest game company in the world, is rolling out facial recognition technology that will likely scan many gamers’ faces every single evening, aiming to catch minors breaking a gaming curfew and help prevent video game addiction (via Gizmodo). That’s a lot of controversial concepts in […]

  • Amazon reportedly doesn’t want employees to know when they’re on performance plans

    Amazon reportedly doesn’t want employees to know when they’re on performance plans

    Photo by Lucas Jackson / Reuters Managers at Amazon are instructed not to warn employees that they are being monitored under the company’s “Focus” performance management tool, according to documents obtained by The Seattle Times. Focus is supposed to be a program where managers document how they are coaching employees and bringing their performance up […]

  • League of Legends’ US championship will welcome back in-person fans

    League of Legends’ US championship will welcome back in-person fans

    Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images This year’s League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) finale is the latest esports event to welcome an audience to attend in person. Riot Games announced on Friday that the final two matches of the LCS Championship, the league’s postseason summer tournament, will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, […]

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