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The Economic Security Project is trying to make a point about big tech monopolies by releasing a browser plugin that will block any sites that reach out to IP addresses owned by Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Amazon. The extension is called Big Tech Detective, and after using the internet with it for a day (or, more accurately, trying and failing to use), I’d say it drives home the point that it’s almost impossible to avoid these companies on the modern web, even if you try. Currently, the app has to

Microsoft, Google, and Qualcomm have been raising concerns to regulators about Nvidia’s Arm acquisition, according to reports by CNBC and Bloomberg. The companies have approached regulators in the US, EU, UK, and China, reportedly with concerns that Nvidia could change how Arm licenses out its chipmaking technology. Nvidia has pledged that it won’t use its control over the company to change how it interacts with other businesses. Writing to the Financial Times, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said he could “unequivocally state that Nvidia will maintain Arm’s open licensing model. We

Security researcher Alex Birsan has found a security vulnerability that allowed him to run code on servers owned by Apple, Microsoft, PayPal, and over 30 other companies (via Bleeping Computer). The exploit is also deviously simple, and it’s something that many large software developers will have to figure out how to protect themselves from. The exploit takes advantage of a relatively simple trick: replacing private packages with public ones. When companies are building programs, they often use open-source code written by other people, so they’re not spending time and resources

A coalition of health and tech companies, which includes Microsoft, Salesforce, and Oracle, is working on an initiative that aims to make it easier for people to access their COVID-19 vaccination records digitally. As people are beginning to get vaccinated against COVID-19, they may need to prove that they’re vaccinated so that they can return to work, school, or to travel, and having an easily accessible digital vaccination record could help with that. The coalition is calling itself the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI). “VCI’s vision is to empower individuals to

Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, who among them effectively control the entirety of the console gaming market, have announced a shared set of safety guidelines for how they’ll moderate and police their online platforms. “Protecting players online requires a multidisciplinary approach,” the statement, which was posted simultaneously by the three companies, reads. “One that combines the benefits of advanced technology, a supportive community, and skilled human oversight.” The principles have been published as increasing numbers of games, like Fortnite, Rocket League, and Apex Legends, are offering crossplay among the different platforms,

Nothing is more frustrating than buying a new computer, phone, game console, or backpack and finding out that you could have gotten it for a lot cheaper somewhere else. In order to keep customers happy — and prevent them from going elsewhere — many retailers offer price-matching policies where they promise to match a lower price that you’ve found elsewhere. They will also sometimes match themselves if you buy something that goes down in price a week later. What follows are the price-matching policies for a variety of major retailers.

The holidays are approaching — and the retailers are in tight competition for your dollars. In order to convince you that they’re the place to buy from, they are not just dropping prices on their products; they’re making it a lot easier to have those products shipped and to return them if the person you bought the laptop or gaming console or phone for doesn’t like it. In fact, most retailers are offering special holiday season policies for shipping and returns, recognizing that a) most shoppers are spending a great

A group of tech platforms has announced a new initiative aimed at combating online child sexual abuse, CNBC reported. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter are all part of the 14-year-old Technology Coalition, which says its new Project Protect will enact a “five pillar” plan to put structure, membership models, and staffing in place to support the group’s long-term goals. The five pillars include tech innovation, collective action, independent research, information and knowledge sharing, and transparency and accountability. The project will establish a research and innovation fund to build tools to

As dialogue of the Spectre and Meltdown flaws continues to dominate the tech information cycle, there has been repeated connection with a specific function of prime-finish CPUs: speculative execution. It’s a key capability of upper-end ARM merchandise, Apple’s custom ARM cores, IBM’s ENERGY circle of relatives, and the overwhelming majority of the x86 processors produced by means of Intel and AMD. Right Here’s what speculative execution is and how it relates to different key functions of contemporary microprocessors, and the way the recent Meltdown computer virus goals Intel CPUs in particular. What

Sony is also lowering the choice of playstation 5s that it intends to promote this yr, way to a mixture of price concerns and COVID-19. The ps 5 is broadly anticipated to price more than its predecessor, with estimates of $499 to $549 now not being uncommon. It’s value noting that the ps FOUR’s $400 launch worth in 2013 is ~$442 in 2020 whilst accounting for inflation. A $500 PS5 wouldn’t in fact be all that much more pricey than the launch worth of the PS4. For comparability, the playstation

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