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New PSVR controllers suggest PS5 headset won’t need external sensors

Can’t wait for the “brass knuckles” adapter that turns these into handheld weapons. One month after officially announcing a new generation of PlayStation VR hardware for the PS5, Sony today revealed additional details of the new handheld controllers designed to work with the upcoming unit. As previously announced, the new controllers integrate some of the …

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Attackers are trying awfully hard to backdoor iOS developers’ Macs

Enlarge (credit: Jayson Photography / Getty Images) Researchers said they’ve found a trojanized code library in the wild that attempts to install advanced surveillance malware on the Macs of iOS software developers. It came in the form of a malicious project the attacker wrote for Xcode, a developer tool that Apple makes freely available to …

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Distraction, not partisanship, drives sharing of misinformation

Enlarge (credit: Lewis Ogden / Flickr) We don’t need a study to know that misinformation is rampant on social media; we just need to do a search for “vaccines” or “climate change” to confirm that. A more compelling question is why. It’s clear that, at a minimum, there are contributions from organized disinformation campaigns, rampant …

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~4,300 publicly reachable servers are posing a new DDoS hazard to the Internet

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Criminals are upping the potency of distributed denial-of-service attacks with a technique that abuses a widely used Internet protocol that drastically increases the amount of junk traffic directed at targeted servers. DDoSes are attacks that flood a website or server with more data than it can handle. The result is a …

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FreeBSD kernel-mode WireGuard moves forward out-of-tree

Enlarge / ♫ Pop goes the tunnel! ♫ (credit: Aurich Lawson) Earlier this week, we covered progress integrating an implementation of the WireGuard VPN protocol into the FreeBSD kernel. Two days later, there’s an update—kernel-mode WireGuard has been moved out of FreeBSD 13 development entirely for the time being. The change only affects kernel-mode WireGuard. User-mode …

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Amid panic over AstraZeneca vaccine, WHO urges countries to keep using it

Enlarge / Vials in front of the AstraZeneca British biopharmaceutical company logo are seen in this creative photo taken on 18 November 2020. (credit: Getty| NurPhoto) The World Health Organization is urging countries to continue using AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine as unfounded fears linking the shots to blood clots continue to spread wildly. More than a …

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Intel hires Justin Long to mock Macs in throwback to 2000s “I’m a Mac” ads

Intel’s “Justin Gets Real: Touch Screens” ad. Chipmaker Intel has produced a series of ads mocking Apple’s M1 Macs, and it brought on actor Justin Long—famous for his role in Apple’s 2000s “I’m a Mac” ads opposite comedian John Hodgman—to satirize Apple’s own ad campaign. In five video ads labeled “Justin Gets Real” that have …

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A severe weather outbreak is underway across the southern United States

Enlarge / Severe weather outlook for Wednesday and Wednesday night. (credit: NOAA) An extraordinarily severe weather outbreak is underway across the southern United States today, with several tornadoes already developing in Alabama. More are expected there and in nearby US states later during the day and overnight. NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center took the step of …

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Samsung Galaxy A52 is the follow-up to Samsung’s best-selling phone

The Galaxy A52. It’s water-resistant. [credit: Samsung ] Samsung might be the world’s most popular phone manufacturer, but that doesn’t mean its best phone, the Galaxy S series, is the world’s most popular phone. Samsung stays atop the sales charts on the strength of its midrange smartphones, and last year (at least for some quarters) the …

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