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Enlarge / Extended warranties and unlimited tech support—including on things you didn’t purchase from Best Buy in the first place—are bigger potential value-adds to Best Buy Beta than the ubiquitous free shipping. Best Buy is floating a new membership program called Best Buy Beta in some test markets. The new program, somewhat like Walmart’s Walmart+, …

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Getty Images Ransomware operators shut down two production facilities belonging to a European manufacturer after deploying a relatively new strain that encrypted servers that control manufacturer’s industrial processes, a researcher from Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday. The ransomware known as Cring came to public attention in a January blog post. It takes hold of networks …

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A mockup of the tracking confirmation that Apple included in its company blog. Note that it uses Facebook as its example. This week, Apple published a new white paper that describes the ways apps typically track users and handle their data, outlines the company’s privacy philosophy, and offers several details and clarifications about the upcoming …

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Behold: the all-important top-down keyboard view. She might not look like much—but she does the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs. Dell The rear view reminds us of the Millennium Falcon, but this three-quarter profile is Star Destroyer all the way. Dell The alien head logo and exhaust trim ring are done in glowy LED, …

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Just last month, we saw the first baby steps toward the adoption of the memory-managed Rust programming language into the Linux kernel. Google has apparently been thinking along the same lines, and in a lengthy blog post Tuesday, the company announced that the Android Open Source Project now supports Rust for low-level OS components. The Android …

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Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems has filed a complaint against Google in France alleging that the US tech giant is illegally tracking users on Android phones without their consent. Android phones generate unique advertising codes, similar to Apple’s Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA), that allow Google and third parties to track users’ browsing behavior in order …

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Enlarge / What’s happened to Russia’s flag? Russia has implemented a novel censorship method in an ongoing effort to silence Twitter. Instead of outright blocking the social media site, the country is using previously unseen techniques to slow traffic to a crawl and make the site all but unusable for people inside the country. Research …

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Enlarge / Thirty-six individual models of Ice Lake Xeon Scalable processor launch today, with immediate retail availability expected from major system vendors, including Supermicro, HPE, and Dell. Intel launched a new batch of third-generation Xeon server processors today. Significantly, these are Ice Lake processors—meaning Intel’s 10 nm process, not the increasingly outdated 14 nm process …

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Ron Amadeo / Intel It sounds like this custom Google SoC-powered Pixel is really going to happen. Echoing reports from about a year ago, 9to5Google is reporting that the Pixel 6 is expected to ship with Google’s custom “Whitechapel” SoC instead of a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. The report says “Google refers to this chip as …