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US officials: A Russian rocket launch last week likely deployed a space weapon

Enlarge / A Russian Soyuz rocket climbs away from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on May 16. The launch of a classified Russian military satellite last week deployed a payload that US government officials say is likely a space weapon. In a series of statements, US officials said the new military satellite, named Kosmos 2576,...

Fri May 24, 2024 03:19
Crooks plant backdoor in software used by courtrooms around the world

Enlarge (credit: JAVS) A software maker serving more than 10,000 courtrooms throughout the world hosted an application update containing a hidden backdoor that maintained persistent communication with a malicious website, researchers reported Thursday, in the latest episode of a supply-chain attack. The software, known...

Fri May 24, 2024 03:19
“Unacceptable”: Spotify bricking Car Thing devices in Dec. without refunds

Enlarge (credit: Spotify) Owners of Spotify's soon-to-be-bricked Car Thing device are begging the company to open-source the gadgets to save some the landfill. Spotify hasn't responded to pleas to salvage the hardware, which was originally intended to connect to car dashboards and auxiliary outlets to enable drivers to...

Fri May 24, 2024 00:20
Bing outage shows just how little competition Google search really has

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Bing, Microsoft's search engine platform, went down in the very early morning today. That meant that searches from Microsoft's Edge browsers that had yet to change their default providers didn't work. It also meant that services relying on Bing's search API—Microsoft's own Copilot, ChatGPT...

Thu May 23, 2024 23:23
Biggest Windows 11 update in 2 years nearly finalized, enters Release Preview

Enlarge (credit: Microsoft) The Windows 11 24H2 update isn’t scheduled to be released until sometime this fall, but testers can get a near-final version of it early. Microsoft has released Windows 11 24H2 build 26100.712 to its Release Preview testing channel for Windows Insiders, a sign that the update is nearly complete...

Thu May 23, 2024 23:23
Chocolate made with fewer calories, less waste

Enlarge (credit: YelenaYemchuk) Commercialization has not dealt kindly with the Mayan Food of the Gods. Modern chocolate products are filled with sugar and calories, contributing to the obesity epidemic in the West. And the cocoa crop is hardly in great shape; climate change is decreasing production, causing prices to...

Thu May 23, 2024 23:23

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