Westworld Returns and Nothing Is as It Seems Except for All the Corpses

Thomas Jefferson once said, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” If you want to plant a sapling of liberty, I suppose the best thing to water it with is with blood, too. It’s a good thing Westworld is currently soaked in it.

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Source: Gizmodo – Westworld Returns and Nothing Is as It Seems Except for All the Corpses

South Korea Stops Blaring High-Decibel K-Pop Propaganda at North Korea Border

The southern border of North Korea just got way less cheerful—or obnoxious. That’s because the South Korea military has turned off its dozens of giant speakers aimed at the totalitarian state. Until Monday morning, the speakers had been blasting K-pop and uplifting news that is censored in North Korea.

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Source: Gizmodo – South Korea Stops Blaring High-Decibel K-Pop Propaganda at North Korea Border

How Big Your Emergency Fund Should Be

Each Monday we’re tackling one of your pressing personal finance questions by asking a handful of money experts for their advice. If you have a general question or money concern, or just want to talk about something PeFi-related, leave it in the comments or email me at alicia.adamczyk@lifehacker.com.

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Source: LifeHacker – How Big Your Emergency Fund Should Be

YouTuber Who Trained a Pug to Do 'Nazi Salute' Has Been Fined

Last month, Scottish YouTube comedian Mark Meechan was found guilty of a hate crime after posting a video of his girlfriend’s pug Buddha raising its paw to the words “Sieg Heil.” Though Meechan argued that the motivation behind the anti-Semitic video was simply to prank his girlfriend, he has been fined £800—or about…

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Source: Gizmodo – YouTuber Who Trained a Pug to Do ‘Nazi Salute’ Has Been Fined

AMD Combat Crates To Help DIY Builders Evade Crypto Miners With Radeon Graphics, Ryzen And Motherboard Bundles

AMD Combat Crates To Help DIY Builders Evade Crypto Miners With Radeon Graphics, Ryzen And Motherboard Bundles
Following the recent launch of AMD’s second generation Ryzen processor family, the company is gathering up its first generation chips and packaging them into ‘Combat Crates’, which are like PC starter kits for enthusiasts. There will be at least two different versions, each one containing a first generation Ryzen processor bundled with a Radeon

Source: Hot Hardware – AMD Combat Crates To Help DIY Builders Evade Crypto Miners With Radeon Graphics, Ryzen And Motherboard Bundles

Apple offers free battery replacements for select MacBook Pro models

Enlarge / One of the 2016 MacBook Pros. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple quietly launched a new battery replacement program to help a “limited number” of MacBook Pro users. According to the program’s webpage, some 13-inch MacBook Pros without Touch Bars may experience component failure that causes the built-in battery to swell. It’s not a safety issue, but Apple will replace batteries on the affected laptops for free.

The company didn’t provide details about which component inside these MacBook Pros could fail and cause the battery to expand. Affected laptops were manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017, and users can check to see if their device is eligible by inputting the device’s serial number into the program’s webpage. Older MacBook Pros and MacBook Pro models with Touch Bars shouldn’t be affected.

If your device is eligible for the battery replacement program, you can either take your laptop to an Apple Authorized Service Provider or an Apple retail store to have it serviced. Authorized personnel may need to send the laptop to Apple’s Repair Center for a few days, and you have the option to immediately send the device into the repair center yourself rather than going to a store first. Apple advises users to back up all data on their MacBook Pros and repair any other problems with the device before getting it serviced.

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Source: Ars Technica – Apple offers free battery replacements for select MacBook Pro models

Yes, It's Already Time for Some Really Wild Star Wars: Episode IX Rumors

Chris Evans sets up where Steve Rogers’ head is at going into Avengers: Infinity War. Jamie Lee Curtis talks about “retelling” a classic for the new Halloween. Ron Howard teases a fellow Howard’s appearance in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Plus, you’ll be waiting a while for Netflix’s Witcher show, and… a new Doom movie…

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Source: Gizmodo – Yes, It’s Already Time for Some Really Wild Star Wars: Episode IX Rumors

Backlash prompts Eventbrite to drop demand to crash events, record them

Earlier this month, executives at Eventbrite—the popular Internet event-ticketing platform used by thousands of event organizers, including many information security conferences—made a change in the company’s “Merchant Agreement” that many missed until this past week. That change added a section to the agreement entitled “Permission You Grant Us to Film and Record Your Events,” asserted broad rights over the content of events that use Eventbrite for ticketing. As word spread this past weekend about the changes, many event organizers reacted with shock to the terms and began scrambling to find alternatives to the Eventbrite platform. Facing a backlash to the new language, Eventbrite pulled the section from the Agreement’s text on Sunday afternoon.

The new terms asserted that Eventbrite staff had the right to “enter and remain” at any event organized with the platform, record the entirety of event with video and photography—including setup and break-down of the event—and retain copyright over everything recorded. The language would have required event organizers to assure Eventbrite was afforded copyright over all the content of the event “for any purpose.”

“You are responsible for obtaining, at your own cost, all third party permissions, clearances, and licenses necessary to secure Eventbrite the permissions and rights described above,” the terms stated.

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Source: Ars Technica – Backlash prompts Eventbrite to drop demand to crash events, record them

Dead Men's Phones Tell No Tales This Time

What do the police in Florida do when they cannot unlock a dead man’s phone? They head over to the funeral home and grab his cold dead hand and mash away with it. While this is not technically illegal in terms of searches, it seems some folks were not happy with the intrusion. And after all that, the phone still did not unlock.

Lt. Randall Chaney said it was an unsuccessful attempt to access and preserve data on the phone to aid in the investigation into Phillip’s death and a separate inquiry into drugs that involved Phillip, 30. While Chaney said detectives didn’t think they’d need a warrant because there is no expectation of privacy after death — an opinion several legal experts affirmed — the actions didn’t sit right with Phillip’s family.
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Source: [H]ardOCP – Dead Men’s Phones Tell No Tales This Time

MSI X370 Motherboard UEFI Support for Precision Boost 2

I reached out to MSI last week to see when and if it would be updating its X370 chipset motherboards to support Precision Boost 2, that we found to work so good on our water cooled Ryzen 2700X, and it tells us that the support is already in all its X370 EFI. That seems like it happened fairly quickly, but I guess that is a good thing.



The X370 BIOS on the website [already] supports AMD Precision Boost 2.

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Source: [H]ardOCP – MSI X370 Motherboard UEFI Support for Precision Boost 2

Tell Us Your San Antonio Travel Tips

Forget the Alamo—what else is good in San Antonio? We’ve already taken Hack Your City to Houston and Austin, but San Antonio is the country’s seventh-biggest city, and it gets over 30 million visitors a year. What do those visitors miss if they just do the greatest hits?

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Source: LifeHacker – Tell Us Your San Antonio Travel Tips

Which Animal Kills the Most Humans?

Animals fatally maul, sting, trample, and chew about a million humans per year. Pretty nice of them, given the numbers on our side—the average of 750 million chickens we kill in the U.S. every month, for instance. In an ideal world, no one would ever get mauled by a bear, or contract rabies from a feral squirrel. But…

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Source: Gizmodo – Which Animal Kills the Most Humans?

7 Chromecast Apps and Games You Aren't Using But Should Be

The Chromecast—that’s a dongle for getting movies and shows and maybe a bit of music up on your big screen, right? Well, yes, but there’s much more you can do with your Chromecast. All kinds of apps and games can benefit from the extra screen space—not just Plex and Netflix.

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Source: Gizmodo – 7 Chromecast Apps and Games You Aren’t Using But Should Be