Micro Center 2700X – $149, 3600 – $159 (In-store only)

MC just dropped both processors $10. Both are eligible for the $20 off motherboard combo. The 2700X was down to $129 for black friday, but this is the cheapest the 3600 has ever been….

Micro Center 2700X – $149, 3600 – $159 (In-store only)

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NASA Picks Axiom to Add a Garish Space Hotel to the ISS

One small step for a startup, one giant leap into finally launching the filthy rich into space: NASA announced on Monday that it has selected Houston-based startup Axiom Space to build the first commercial destination module for the International Space Station.

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Source: Gizmodo – NASA Picks Axiom to Add a Garish Space Hotel to the ISS

Huawei Allowed Limited Access To UK's 5G Networks as Britain Defies US Pressure

Britain will allow Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to play a limited role in its next generation 5G mobile networks. From a report: The U.K. government said that Huawei will be restricted from being involved in “sensitive functions” in a network of features labeled as “core.” There is also a limit in place on how much equipment networks can buy from one “high risk vendor” for a particular part of the infrastructure known as the Radio Access Network (RAN.) This is essentially the part of the network that hooks up your devices with the actual 5G signal. That cap is set at 35%. “The cap at 35% ensures the U.K. will not become nationally dependent on a high risk vendor while retaining competition in the market and allowing operators to continue to use two Radio Access Network (RAN) vendors,” the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre said in its review of the country’s telecommunications supply chain on Tuesday.

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Source: Slashdot – Huawei Allowed Limited Access To UK’s 5G Networks as Britain Defies US Pressure

New CacheOut Attack Targets Intel CPUs, Leaks Data From VMs And Secure Enclave

New CacheOut Attack Targets Intel CPUs, Leaks Data From VMs And Secure Enclave
Researchers have dubbed a newly discovered vulnerability affecting Intel CPUs as CacheOut (how bout dah?), noting it can “violate nearly every hardware-based security domain, leaking data from the OS kernel, co-resident virtual machines, and even SGX enclaves.” As you might have guessed, this is yet another speculative execution flaw somewhat

Source: Hot Hardware – New CacheOut Attack Targets Intel CPUs, Leaks Data From VMs And Secure Enclave

'Journey to the Savage Planet' is a funnier take on space exploration

I step on to the glimmering blue teleporter and beam aboard my Javelin spaceship, a slew of aluminum, carbon and silicon particles in hand. Immediately, some screens on the upper deck start playing an advert for something called Mini-Mall Monkeys. I…

Source: Engadget – ‘Journey to the Savage Planet’ is a funnier take on space exploration

'Trust no one' is good enough for the X Files but not for software devs: How do you use third-party libs and stay secure, experts mull on stage

‘We all use other people’s code’Enigma In a chilly conference room at the San Francisco’s Hyatt Regency on Monday, legal and digital security pros convened at USENIX’s Enigma conference to hold forth on security, privacy, and related matters.…

Source: LXer – ‘Trust no one’ is good enough for the X Files but not for software devs: How do you use third-party libs and stay secure, experts mull on stage

Matt Reeves Teases The Batman, Day One

A new, different adaptation of The Thing may be crawling its way to theaters. Daniel Craig really, really wants to make extra sure you know No Time to Die is his last Bond film. And Tom Hiddleston looks like he’s having a lot of fun on set of Disney+’s Loki series. Plus updates from Black Lightning, Riverdale, Charmed

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Source: io9 – Matt Reeves Teases The Batman, Day One

WTF: Girl Sets New World Record For Most Yoga Contortions In A Minute From Standing Position

This is a video of 11-year old Riya Paladia setting a new Guinness World Record for most yoga contortions in a minute from a standing position with a staggering 21 ‘Niralamba Poorna Chakrasana’ motions. The move is considered particularly difficult, and I can see why. But seriously, where are the wires? I mean there has to be something to this. *whispering to assistant* “She’s not a zombie.” You’re fired!

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Source: Geekologie – WTF: Girl Sets New World Record For Most Yoga Contortions In A Minute From Standing Position

Cadillac enhances Super Cruise, adds lane change on demand

The updated Super Cruise has a new UI.

Enlarge / The updated Super Cruise has a new UI. (credit: Cadillac)

General Motors’ Super Cruise is widely recognized to be the best of the so-called “Level 2+” driver assists. It combines adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping with a geofence—so it only operates on divided-lane highways—plus an infrared driver monitoring system that only allows for hands-free operation when it knows the person behind the wheel has their eyes on the road ahead. On Tuesday morning, Cadillac announced that it’s rolling out an enhanced version this year that includes the ability to change lanes on demand.

“This is our most extensive update we’ve made to Super Cruise since its debut,” said Mario Maiorana, Super Cruise chief engineer. “We have made a number of improvements to make Super Cruise more intuitive, better performing and more accessible for our customers. In addition to the automated lane change functionality, we’ve made improvements to the user interface and hands-free driving dynamics.”

Currently, if you’re Super Cruising along one of the 200,000 miles (321,868km) of lidar-mapped highways in a Cadillac CT6 and you want to change lanes, it’s all down to you to execute the maneuver. You check there’s a gap, indicate (please remember to use your turn signal), and as you begin applying torque to the wheel the system temporarily disengages, giving you full control. You know you’re in charge because the strip of LEDs in the steering wheel go from green to blue. Once you’re traveling straight and true again, the system can re-engage, the LEDs turn green, and you can go back to vogueing, doing ‘big fish little fish cardboard box,” or even jazz hands, while all around you everyone else has to keep their mitts on the rim.

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Source: Ars Technica – Cadillac enhances Super Cruise, adds lane change on demand

The iPad Awkwardly Turns 10

John Gruber: Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the iPad on stage at the Yerba Buena theater in San Francisco. […] Ten years later, though, I don’t think the iPad has come close to living up to its potential. […] Software is where the iPad has gotten lost. iPadOS’s “multitasking” model is far more capable than the iPhone’s, yes, but somehow Apple has painted it into a corner in which it is far less consistent and coherent than the Mac’s, while also being far less capable. iPad multitasking: more complex, less powerful. That’s quite a combination.

Consider the basic task of putting two apps on screen at the same time, the basic definition of “multitasking” in the UI sense. To launch the first app, you tap its icon on the homescreen, just like on the iPhone, and just like on the iPad before split-screen multitasking. Tapping an icon to open an app is natural and intuitive. But to get a second app on the same screen, you cannot tap its icon. You must first slide up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the Dock. Then you must tap and hold on an app icon in the Dock. Then you drag the app icon out of the Dock to launch it in a way that it will become the second app splitting the display. But isn’t dragging an icon out of the Dock the way that you remove apps from the Dock? Yes, it is — when you do it from the homescreen.

So the way you launch an app in the Dock for split-screen mode is identical to the way you remove that app from the Dock. Oh, and apps that aren’t in the Dock can’t become the second app in split screen mode. What sense does that limitation make? On the iPhone you can only have one app on screen at a time. The screen is the app; the app is the screen. This is limiting but trivial to understand. […] On iPad you can only have two apps on screen at the same time, and you must launch them in entirely different ways — one of them intuitive (tap any app icon), one of them inscrutable (drag one of the handful of apps you’ve placed in your Dock). And if you don’t quite drag the app from the Dock far enough to the side of the screen, it launches in “Slide Over”, an entirely different shared-screen rather than split-screen mode. The whole concept is not merely inconsistent, it’s incoherent. How would anyone ever figure out how to split-screen multitask on the iPad if they didn’t already know how to do it?

[…] As things stand today, I get a phone call from my mom once a month or so because she’s accidentally gotten Safari into split-screen mode when tapping links in Mail or Messages and can’t get out. I like my iPad very much, and use it almost every day. But if I could go back to the pre-split-screen, pre-drag-and-drop interface I would. Which is to say, now that iPadOS has its own name, I wish I could install the iPhone’s one-app-on-screen-at-a-time, no-drag-and-drop iOS on my iPad Pro. I’d do it in a heartbeat and be much happier for it. The iPad at 10 is, to me, a grave disappointment. Not because it’s “bad”, because it’s not bad — it’s great even — but because great though it is in so many ways, overall it has fallen so far short of the grand potential it showed on day one. To reach that potential, Apple needs to recognize they have made profound conceptual mistakes in the iPad user interface, mistakes that need to be scrapped and replaced, not polished and refined. I worry that iPadOS 13 suggests the opposite — that Apple is steering the iPad full speed ahead down a blind alley.

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Source: Slashdot – The iPad Awkwardly Turns 10

Save Your Eyes And Turn Your Virtual Boy Headset Into A Regular Console

Retro console modders iFixRetro recently undertook the thankless task of rehabbing an old, beat-up Virtual Boy and transforming it into a painless console they could sit on a shelf and play games on their TV with. Who doesn’t wish they could go back and play Virtual Boy Wario Land without burring their face in…

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Source: Kotaku – Save Your Eyes And Turn Your Virtual Boy Headset Into A Regular Console

How to Avoid Sitting Next to a Crying Baby on a Flight

Back in September, Japan Airlines made headlines for changing some of its flights’ seat maps to including “child icons,” meaning young children would be seated in those spots—a change designed for other passengers to find seating away from those infants on flights.

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Source: LifeHacker – How to Avoid Sitting Next to a Crying Baby on a Flight

Tesla offers free charging to China's EV owners due to coronavirus outbreak

In the midst of China’s coronavirus outbreak, Tesla is giving its EV customers in the country free supercharging until the situation is resolved. As reported by Electrek, the company notified its customers of the decision via alerts on its vehicles’…

Source: Engadget – Tesla offers free charging to China’s EV owners due to coronavirus outbreak