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Pro-Russia threat group Killnet is pummeling Lithuania with DDoS attacks

Enlarge / Drowning in a sea of data. (credit: Getty Images) Internet services in Lithuania came under "intense" distributed denial of service attacks on Monday as the pro-Russia threat-actor group Killnet took credit. Killnet said its attacks were in retaliation regarding Lithuania's recent banning of shipments sanctioned by the European...

Tesla bundles battery users to make it look like lower power demand

Enlarge (credit: Tesla) Last week, Tesla announced a program for California-based owners of its home battery products. Sign up with the company, and you'd become part of what the company calls a "virtual power plant." You would be able to use your battery to keep the grid stable during periods of high demand and be well-compensated...

On the brink of ruin, Juul files emergency petition to fight FDA ban

Enlarge / Packages of Juul e-cigarettes are displayed for sale in the Brazil Outlet shop on June 22, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Getty | Mario Tama) With its business going up in smoke, e-cigarette giant Juul filed an emergency motion Monday to halt the Food and Drug Administration's decision to deny the company authorization...

Google Hangouts finally gets a shutdown date: November 2022 [Update]

Enlarge (credit: Google) It sounds like Google is finally getting ready to move on from Google Hangouts, the company's most successful messaging app to date. A new blog post from the company is finally giving consumer Google Hangouts a shutdown date: November 2022. Today is also the day when existing Google Hangouts users will start...

Steam Deck shipments “more than double” this week—so let’s estimate how many

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson | Getty Images) For anyone trying to buy a modern piece of gaming hardware, good news is beginning to peek through the dreary clouds of chip shortages and manufacturing hold-ups. This week's optimism comes from a player outside the expected console- and GPU-making fray. Valve, the longtime software maker...

M2 MacBook Pro’s 256GB SSD is only about half as fast as the M1 version’s

Enlarge / This is the 2022 13-inch MacBook Pro. (credit: Samuel Axon) The use of the M2 chip is the new 13-inch MacBook Pro's biggest change compared to the M1 version Apple launched in 2020, but it's apparently not the only one. YouTubers on the Max Tech and Created Tech channels (via MacRumors) have run speed tests on the 256GB...

Google’s powerful AI spotlights a human cognitive glitch

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) When you read a sentence like this one, your past experience tells you that it’s written by a thinking, feeling human. And, in this case, there is indeed a human typing these words: [Hi, there!] But these days, some sentences that appear remarkably humanlike are actually generated by artificial intelligence...

Report: Apple is resurrecting its high-end HomePod smart speaker

Enlarge / Apple's discontinued HomePod smart speaker. (credit: Jeff Dunn) After officially killing off the HomePod last year, Apple will soon release a new version of the smart speaker, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reported in a Sunday newsletter. The report detailed expectations without citing sources and said the speaker "is unlikely...

Lawmakers seek to accelerate asteroid finder and want more Mars helicopters

Enlarge / NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter is seen here in a closeup taken by Mastcam-Z, a pair of zoomable cameras aboard the Perseverance rover. (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) This week, the US House of Representatives will release a detailed blueprint of its budget for Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies, including information...

Basic home office hacks: 8 things you need to elevate your workspace

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson | Getty Images) Home offices have gotten a lot of attention over the last couple of years. When offices all over the world shut down at the beginning of the pandemic, we were all reminded how important it is to have a consistent, comfortable workspace with all the tools and tech you need to work successfully....

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