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FAA Provisionally Clears 90% of Aircraft To Fly Near 5G Networks

Slashdot - Tue, 25/01/2022 - 22:12
About 90% of the U.S. commercial aircraft fleet is at least somewhat shielded from interference caused by new 5G wireless networks, the Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday. From a report: The FAA expanded the roster of aircraft that it says can perform "most" low-visibility landings in the presence of the 5G radio waves to include several models of regional jets, according to a notice on the agency's website. The FAA approvals don't cover every plane at every airport, and are subject to revisions each month as the agency reviews the addition of new 5G cell towers, the agency said. They could also be limited if wireless companies increase power levels. New wireless phone service that began on Jan. 19 broadcasting on frequencies near those used by aircraft has prompted the FAA to raise concerns about radio interference. The latest action by the agency combined with an agreement by wireless companies to temporarily limit power levels and the placement of cell towers near airports has meant that the most severe impacts have been avoided for now.

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Western Digital's SN850 1TB SSD now only £149.99 at Amazon

Eurogamer - Tue, 25/01/2022 - 22:08

If you've got yourself a load of new games over the holiday period or in the January sales, and haven't got enough space in your PC or PS5 to install them all - upgrading it with an SSD is a great solution. Not only can it give you more storage, but it can improve loading times too.

Good computer memory keeps getting more affordable, but high-speed and high-capacity solid state drives can still be pricey. Fortunately, some of the best SSDs can be found on sale with big savings.

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How Will Tonga's Broken Internet Cable Be Mended?

Slashdot - Tue, 25/01/2022 - 21:25
An undersea fibre-optic cable which connects Tonga to the rest of the world was severed during the eruption of a volcano. From a report: New Zealand's ministry of foreign affairs says it could take more than a month to repair breaks in the 49,889km (31,000miles) of cable that serves the South Pacific. The undersea eruption - followed by a tsunami - led to Tonga's 110,000 people being cut off. A 2G wireless connection has been established on the main island, using a satellite dish from the University of the South Pacific. But the service is patchy, and internet services run slowly. The cable, which is operated by Tonga Cable, is believed to have broken about 37km (23 miles) offshore. According to Reuters, fault-finding conducted by the company in the aftermath of the volcano seemed to confirm a cable break. he process of mending it is actually quite simple, according to principal engineer at Virgin Media, Peter Jamieson, who is also vice-chairman of the European Subsea Cable Association. "They will send a pulse of light from the island and a machine will measure how long it takes to travel and this will establish where the break is," he explained. Then a cable-repair boat will be sent to the location of the first break. It will use either an ROV (remotely-operated underwater vehicle) or a tool known as a grapnel (basically a hook on a chain) to retrieve the broken end. That will be re-joined to fresh cable on board the boat and then the same process will happen at the other end of the break. If all goes well, the whole process will take between five and seven days. It will take time to get a cable repair boat to the archipelago and the closest one is currently stationed in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea - about 4,700km (2,900 miles) away. The specialised ship, The Reliance, serves more than 50,000km (31,000 miles) of cable in the South Pacific.

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New Logitech Mechanical Keyboards are Conservative in Looks and Price

Slashdot - Tue, 25/01/2022 - 20:45
Logitech has introduced two mechanical keyboards to its lineup. Shipping in February, the boards are part of the company's PC gaming brand, but with their $70 starting price and classic, toned-down look, they're also interesting candidates for someone seeking a productivity keyboard with mechanical switches. From a report: The Logitech G G413 SE and G413 TKL SE are $80 and $70, respectively, offering a reasonable entry point for people who might think mechanical keyboards are too expensive. Logitech, specifically its G gaming brand, isn't afraid to overload its keyboards with RGB lighting, but the backlight on these boards comes in white only. The standard G413 is available with an all-white or all-red backlight. A subdued appearance continues with a top case made of aluminum-magnesium alloy with a brushed black finish that matches the black PBT keycaps. The plastic should be an upgrade from the non-SE G413's ABS plastic keyboards, as PBT is generally more resistant to degradation over time. Underneath those keycaps are what Logitech calls "tactile mechanical switches." That phrase suggests something like Cherry MX Browns, but Logitech didn't specify the exact switch used. According to the full-size SE keyboard's product page, the switches actuate at 1.9 mm with 50 g of force and bottom out at 4 mm.

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Cracking a $2 Million Crypto Wallet

Slashdot - Tue, 25/01/2022 - 20:07
First, he forgot his PIN -- then he started looking for hackers. From a report: In early 2018, Dan Reich and a friend decided to spend $50,000 in Bitcoin on a batch of Theta tokens, a new cryptocurrency then worth just 21 cents apiece. At first, they held the tokens with an exchange based in China, but within weeks, a broad crackdown on cryptocurrency by the Chinese government meant they would soon lose access to the exchange, so they had to transfer everything to a hardware wallet. Reich and his friend chose a Trezor One hardware wallet, set up a PIN, and then got busy with life and forgot about it. By the end of that year, the token had sunk to less than a quarter of its value, come back up, and then crashed again. Reich decided he wanted to cash out, but his friend had lost the paper where he'd written the PIN and couldn't remember the digits. They tried guessing what they thought was a four-digit PIN (it was actually five), but after each failed attempt, the wallet doubled the wait time before they could guess again. After 16 guesses, the data on the wallet would automatically erase. When they reached a dozen tries, they stopped, afraid to go further. Reich gave up and wrote off the money in his mind. He was willing to take the loss -- until the price started to rise again. From a low of around $12,000, the value of their tokens started to skyrocket. By the end of 2020, it would be worth more than $400,000, rising briefly to over $3 million. It would be hard to get into the wallet without the PIN -- but it wasn't impossible. And with potentially millions on the line, Reich and his friend vowed to find a way inside. The only way to own cryptocurrency on the blockchain is to have sole possession of a private key associated with a block of currency -- but managing those keys has been a, sometimes high-stakes, challenge from the beginning. [...] The cryptocurrency data firm Chainalysis estimates that more than 3.7 million Bitcoins worth $66.5 billion are likely lost to owners. Currency can be lost for many reasons: the computer or phone storing a software wallet is stolen or crashes and the wallet is unrecoverable; the owner inadvertently throws their hardware wallet away; or the owner forgets their PIN or dies without passing it to family members. As the value of their inaccessible tokens rapidly rose in 2020, Reich and his friend were desperate to crack their wallet. They searched online until they found a 2018 conference talk from three hardware experts who discovered a way to access the key in a Trezor wallet without knowing the PIN. The engineers declined to help them, but it gave Reich hope. "We at least knew that it was possible and had some directional idea of how it could be done," Reich says. Then they found a financier in Switzerland who claimed he had associates in France who could crack the wallet in a lab. But there was a catch: Reich couldn't know their names or go to the lab. He'd have to hand off his wallet to the financier in Switzerland, who would take it to his French associates. It was a crazy idea with a lot of risks, but Reich and his friend were desperate. Gripping story.

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Life is Strange Remastered shows off six minutes of enhanced gameplay footage

Eurogamer - Tue, 25/01/2022 - 20:02

Following a fairly significant delay last September, Life is Strange: Remastered Collection is finally almost upon us, and, in preparation for its February release, publisher Square Enix has shared the first significant gameplay footage of its freshly spruced-up Life is Strange 1.

Square Enix's Life is Strange: Remastered Collection bundles up the original Life is Strange alongside its prequel Before the Storm, with both games set to receive enhanced visuals for characters and environments, alongside engine and lighting upgrades, as part of the release.

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Biden Team Says Global Chip Shortage To Stretch Through 2022

Slashdot - Tue, 25/01/2022 - 19:32
The Biden administration has concluded that a global semiconductor shortage will persist until at least the second half of this year, promising long-term strain on a range of U.S. businesses including auto makers and the consumer electronics industry. From a report: U.S. officials plan to investigate claims of possible price gouging for chips used by auto and medical device makers, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said Tuesday. "We aren't even close to being out of the woods as it relates to the supply problems with semiconductors," Raimondo said in a briefing with reporters discussing the findings of an industry report her agency conducted that was released Tuesday. The report, based on information from more than 150 companies in the chip supply chain, shows "there is a significant, persistent mismatch in supply and demand for chips." The companies "did not see the problem going away in the next six months," according to the report. "The semiconductor supply chain remains fragile," the report said, despite months of work by the Biden administration to try to relieve shortages. "Demand continues to far outstrip supply."

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eBay Will Now Authenticate Trading Cards Worth $750 or More

Slashdot - Tue, 25/01/2022 - 18:44
Online marketplace eBay is once again expanding its authentication service, this time to include support for authenticating valuable trading cards. From a report: The service will now be able to authenticate cards worth at least $750 from collectible card games, as well as sports and other non-sports cards, the company said. By the middle of this year, this service will grow to include graded, autograph and patch cards sold for $250 and higher, as well. These additions broaden eBay's ability to assure its customers of the authenticity of high-value items, including the sneakers, watches and handbags the company is already able to authenticate. Like other verticals where authentication is available, eBay saw the value in adding support for trading cards due to the volume of activity in the category on its site. The company said the trading cards category is growing "significantly faster" than its total marketplace, and the category saw $2 billion in transactions in the first half of 2021. That's equal to all of the trading card transactions that took place in 2020, for comparison.

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No plans for Star Wars Battlefront 3, as DICE focuses fully on Battlefield - report

Eurogamer - Tue, 25/01/2022 - 18:32

Don't expect Battlefield studio DICE to make a third entry in the Star Wars Battlefront series.

That's according to a new Venturebeat report, which has dug further into this afternoon's flurry of Star Wars details.

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Elgato releases Stream Deck Pedal

Eurogamer - Tue, 25/01/2022 - 18:31

Elgato, provider of streaming peripherals, has released the new Stream Deck Pedal for foot control of streams.

It consists of three pedal buttons that can be programmed - like the standard Stream Deck - to control software, hardware and more.

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Indonesia Regulator Says Financial Firms Banned From Facilitating Crypto Sales

Slashdot - Tue, 25/01/2022 - 18:04
Indonesia's Financial Services Authority (OJK) on Tuesday warned that financial firms are not allowed to offer and facilitate sales of crypto assets amid a boom in crypto trading in Southeast Asia's largest economy. From a report: "OJK has strictly prohibited financial service institutions from using, marketing, and/or facilitating crypto asset trading," the regulator said in a statement posted on Instagram. It warned that the value of crypto assets often fluctuates and that people buying into the digital assets should fully understand the risks. "Please beware of allegations of Ponzi scheme scams in crypto investments," it added, without elaborating. The warning follows similar concerns by the central banks of Thailand and Singapore.

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Saw content comes to the Dead by Daylight Archives

Eurogamer - Tue, 25/01/2022 - 18:00

New content based on the Saw film franchise is coming to Dead by Daylight.

Tome 10: SAW will be available in the Archives mode from 26th January - the first fully licensed Tome.

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Laptop legend: Core i9 12900HK and RTX 3080 Ti tested

Eurogamer - Tue, 25/01/2022 - 18:00

Today is a good day, as we can finally talk about Intel's 12th-gen laptop processors and Nvidia's new RTX 3070 Ti and 3080 Ti Laptop graphics cards. We've been testing the MSI GE76 Raider, a high-spec machine that includes each company's flagship parts for this generation, and the performance on tap is nothing short of incredible. The 12900K and RTX 3080 Ti remain some of the best gaming hardware available in desktop PCs - despite frustrating pricing and availability issues - so it's been fun to see how the mobile versions perform. In this first look, we put the GE76 through its paces against its 2021 counterpart, with both gaming tests and content creation benchmarks.

First, let's briefly introduce you to the star of today's show - the GE76 Raider. It's a tremendously powerful machine, especially in the top spec configuration we're testing today. As well as the Core i9 12900HK and RTX 3080 Ti 175W Laptop GPU, there's 32GB of dual-channel DDR5-4800 RAM, a 17.3-inch 360Hz display and two 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSDs. All of this hardware is housed inside a generously-sized chassis, allowing the components within to stay relatively cool without resorting to jet-grade fan noise. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this chonky machine retails for $4199 when paired with an even fancier 4K 120Hz screen - we presume that the 360Hz option we're testing isn't much cheaper.

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Google Kills Off FLoC, Replaces it With Topics

Slashdot - Tue, 25/01/2022 - 17:21
FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts), Google's controversial project for replacing cookies for interest-based advertising by instead grouping users into groups of users with comparable interests, is dead. In its place, Google today announced a new proposal: Topics. From a report: The idea here is that your browser will learn about your interests as you move around the web. It'll keep data for the last three weeks of your browsing history and as of now, Google is restricting the number of topics to 300, with plans to extend this over time. Google notes that these topics will not include any sensitive categories like gender or race. To figure out your interests, Google categorizes the sites you visit based on one of these 300 topics. For sites that it hasn't categorized before, a lightweight machine learning algorithm in the browser will take over and provide an estimated topic based on the name of the domain. When you hit upon a site that supports the Topics API for ad purposes, the browser will share three topics you are interested in -- one for each of the three last weeks -- selected randomly from your top five topics of each week. The site can then share this with its advertising partners to decide which ads to show you. Ideally, this would make for a more private method of deciding which ad to show you -- and Google notes that it also provides users with far greater control and transparency than what's currently the standard. Users will be able to review and remove topics from their lists -- and turn off the entire Topics API, too.

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The Pokémon Company continues to ignore extensive Arceus leaks

Eurogamer - Tue, 25/01/2022 - 17:17

Bless you, The Pokémon Company. Despite widespread leaks which have splashed Pokémon Legends: Arceus' story and full Pokédex across the internet, today's new press release about the game pretends everything is fine.

With just a couple of days until launch, today brings one final trailer for Legends Arceus - which you can view below. There's not an awful lot in it we've not seen before.

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Nvidia Quietly Prepares To Abandon $40 Billion Arm Bid

Slashdot - Tue, 25/01/2022 - 17:04
Artem S. Tashkinov writes: Nvidia is quietly preparing to abandon its purchase of Arm from SoftBank Group Corp after making little to no progress in winning approval for the $40 billion chip deal, according to people familiar with the matter. Nvidia has told partners that it doesn't expect the transaction to close, according to one person, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. SoftBank, meanwhile, is stepping up preparations for an Arm initial public offering as an alternative to the Nvidia takeover, another person said. The purchase -- poised to become the biggest semiconductor deal in history when it was announced in September 2020 -- has drawn a fierce backlash from regulators and the chip industry, including Arm's own customers. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission sued to stop the transaction in December, arguing that Nvidia would become too powerful if it gained control over Arm's chip designs. The acquisition also faces resistance in China, where authorities are inclined to block the takeover if it wins approvals elsewhere, according to one person. But they don't expect it to get that far.

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The SteelSeries Rival 5 Mouse is now only £39.99

Eurogamer - Tue, 25/01/2022 - 17:03

With 2022 firmly underway, we're already starting to see some decent price drops on gaming peripherals like keyboards and mice. Whether you've finally finished building that new PC over the holidays or recently purchased a pre-built PC or gaming laptop, you might be looking for those all-important finishing touches for your setup. Or as the saying goes: new year, new... PC accessories?

If you're looking for a new mouse to both improve your aim in-game and brighten up your desk, then the SteelSeries Rival 5 Gaming Mouse is a great addition. It is currently at its lowest price on Amazon for £39.99- a saving of £20.

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EA confirms three new Star Wars games in development at Respawn

Eurogamer - Tue, 25/01/2022 - 16:16

Respawn is making three new Star Wars games, EA has announced.

One is the expected follow-up to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, with game director Stig Asmussen at the helm.

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YouTube's CEO Says the Company Will Explore NFT Features for Video Creators

Slashdot - Tue, 25/01/2022 - 16:01
YouTube is exploring adding nonfungible token features for its video creators, Chief Executive Officer Susan Wojcicki wrote to the site's broadcasters on Tuesday. From a report: Although Wojcicki didn't say exactly what her team is planning, or when, it marks the first time Alphabet's Google, YouTube's owner, is becoming involved with the cryptocurrency collectibles. Several of YouTube's rivals have already jumped on the trend. Twitter began letting users post NFTs as profile photos and Instagram is reportedly working on a similar offering, according to the Financial Times. NFTs are digital assets that represent ownership of digital assets, like art, that people can buy or sell. YouTube, home to the largest creator economy, has spent several years building ways for its video stars to earn money beyond advertising, adding tools like fan payments and e-commerce. Wojcicki told creators her company was looking to web3, an umbrella term for internet models built around crypto, as a "source for inspiration."

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Dear Esther developer's Little Orpheus announced for PC and consoles

Eurogamer - Tue, 25/01/2022 - 16:00

Little Orpheus, the Apple Arcade platformer from the brains behind Dear Esther and Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, is coming to PC and consoles.

Developer The Chinese Room today confirmed Little Orpheus launches anew for Nintendo Switch, PC via Steam and Epic Game Store, PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S on 1st March.

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