Cyberpunk 2077 PC Requirements Are In And They’re Surprisingly Lenient

Cyberpunk 2077 PC Requirements Are In And They’re Surprisingly Lenient
CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most hotly-anticipated games of recent years. The Witcher developer’s take on the dystopian Cyberpunk tabletop RPG series promises to merge tons of action, series lore, and amazing graphics into a huge open-world adventure through Night City. From the screenshots we’ve seen over the last couple

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Firefox Browser Exploit Allows Hackers To Hijack Your Android Phone Over Wi-Fi

Firefox Browser Exploit Allows Hackers To Hijack Your Android Phone Over Wi-Fi
If any of you out there are running the Firefox browser app for Android, please update immediately. Versions below Firefox version 79 on mobile are vulnerable to exploitation of Android intent URIs. This attack uses SSDP payloads to trigger actions without user interaction.
According to exploit researcher Chris Moberly, the exploit he found

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Microsoft Warns Workaround Preventing Lenovo ThinkPad BSOD Increases Risk

An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:

Microsoft has finally published a support document detailing its workaround for the August 2020 Patch Tuesday update for Windows 10 version 2004 that caused blue screens of deaths (BSODs) on newer Lenovo ThinkPads and broke Windows Hello biometric login… It’s the same as Lenovo’s earlier workaround but comes with a stern security warning from Microsoft.

Microsoft also explains how Lenovo Vantage violates Microsoft’s security controls in Windows.

Users might bypass the BSOD screen, but they are endangering their computers by implementing the workaround, according to Microsoft. The workaround also affects some of Microsoft’s latest security features for Windows 10, such as Hypervisor Code Integrity for shielding the OS from malicious drivers, as well as Windows Defender Credential Guard. “This workaround may make a computer or a network more vulnerable to attack by malicious users or by malicious software such as viruses. We do not recommend this workaround but are providing this information so that you can implement this workaround at your own discretion. Use this workaround at your own risk,” Microsoft states….

The good news for affected ThinkPad users is that Microsoft and Lenovo are working together on a fix. However, Microsoft hasn’t said when that will be available.

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A fond farewell to the weird and wonderful Nintendo DS

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Stubbs the Zombie’s Bizarro Throwback Soundtrack Perfectly Mixes Old And New

Welcome to Morning Music, Kotaku’s new, daily hangout for folks who love video games and the cool-ass sounds they make. Today we’re checking out the odd and catchy soundtrack to Stubbs the Zombie In Rebel Without A Pulse. You know… StZIRWAP! Rolls off the tongue.

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iOS 14 picture-in-picture video stops working with YouTube's mobile website

You may have to wait a while if you want to use iOS 14’s picture-in-picture support to watch YouTube videos. MacRumors (via 9to5Mac) has noticed that YouTube’s mobile website stopped supporting iOS 14’s PIP mode, at least for free users. Try it and a…

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Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 2 Is Proof That You Should Skip First-Gen Tech

The original Galaxy Fold was the most important phone of 2019. It showed how flexible display tech could create a totally new type of device with the portability of a phone and the big screen and improved multitasking experience of a tablet. However, like a lot of first-gen products—especially something that…

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Water Your Plants In the Morning

Whether you have a sprawling outdoor garden, or a few potted plants on your windowsill, making sure the plants are properly watered is one of the most basic (and important) parts of keeping them alive. But when, exactly, should you do your watering? Does it even matter? When are your plants the thirstiest? As it turns…

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ampere Beast GPU Destroys RTX 2080 Ti In Leaked Benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ampere Beast GPU Destroys RTX 2080 Ti In Leaked Benchmarks
We already know how the GeForce RTX 3080 performs, because the reviews are out (including our own), and simply put it is a gaming monster. Next on tap, however, is the GeForce RTX 3090. While NVIDIA pitches the former as its flagship consumer GPU, it is the latter that truly occupies the flagship space. But how does it perform? Some leaked

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At Least 10 Amazon Employees Took Bribes from Sellers, Indictment Alleges

CBS News reports:
Six people allegedly conspired to bribe Amazon employees and contractors in order to gain a competitive advantage on the retailer’s marketplace, federal prosecutors announced Friday.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, those charged posed as consultants and worked with third-party sellers whose products had previously been removed from Amazon Marketplace get the items back on the platform. The six then paid a total of more than $100,000 in bribes to least 10 Amazon employees in exchange for their restoring the banned products or services, the indictment alleges. The products included household goods, consumer electronics and dietary supplements, prosecutors said.

“The ultimate victim from this criminal conduct is the buying public, who get inferior or even dangerous goods that should have been removed from the marketplace,” U.S. Attorney Brian Moran said in a statement. “As the world moves increasingly to online commerce, we must ensure that the marketplace is not corrupted with unfair advantages obtained by bribes and kickbacks….”

The six accused face up to five years in prison for commercial bribery and up to 20 years for wire fraud.

One of the six actually worked for Amazon at the beginning of the scheme, according to the article, which notes that their tactics included temporarily suspending the accounts of competitors.
One FBI agent in Seattle tells CBS, “What’s equally concerning is that, not only did they attempt to increase sales of their own products, but they sought to damage and discredit their competitors.”

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Hitting the Books: How social media keeps us clicking

The Pandoras Box that is social media has fundamentally altered our society in ways that we have yet to fully reckon — a digital ecosystem that has sprung up, seemingly overnight, to become a pervasive and ubiquitous part of our daily lives. In The H…

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Saturday's Best Deals: Dyson Hot + Cool Air Purifier, Huckberry Onsen Bath Towels, Beats Solo Pro Headphones, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, USDA Certified Organic CBD Oil, IT Brush Bath, and More

A Dyson HP01 Pure Hot + Cool desk purifier, sets of Huckberry Onsen Bath Towels, Beats Solo Pro headphones, a 3-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, a Dyson Ball vacuum cleaner, a 2-pack of hand sanitizer bottles, some organic USDA certified CBD oil, and IT Brush Bath purifying makeup brush cleaner lead…

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Use This Map to Find Out About Bus and Train Travel Restrictions

Over the past six months, discussions surrounding COVID travel options have primarily focused on the safety of flying, and the return of the road trip. But where does that leave people who primarily travel via train or bus? We’re not talking about safety issues on mass transit (though that is important to consider),…

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The Morning After: What the app store 'ban' means for TikTok and WeChat

Barring some kind of reprieve, listings for TikTok and WeChat will disappear from US app stores tomorrow. What happens after that? It’s tough to say, but Karissa Bell has broken down everything we know so far. Peacock As far as surprising tech news…

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Spelunky 2 game review: Roguelite perfection

Ana (center) is the star of <em>Spelunky 2</em>, and she's on a search for her adventuring parents after they abandoned her to look for treasure on the Moon.

Enlarge / Ana (center) is the star of Spelunky 2, and she’s on a search for her adventuring parents after they abandoned her to look for treasure on the Moon. (credit: Mossmouth)

My recent work at Ars Technica has mostly revolved around high-end gadgets like VR headsets, GPUs, and next-gen consoles. It’s fun stuff.

But while swimming through embargoed hardware and frantic news announcements, I keep coming back to a single video game well outside the “next-generation” mold.

Spelunky 2 is likely the most “dated” game I’ll slap the “Ars Approved” sticker onto in 2020. The adjective “dated” works in part because the game’s success builds largely, and loudly, upon the foundation of 2012’s 2D smash Spelunky HD… and that title builds upon the 16-bit genius of 2009’s freeware original. (Which you can still download! For free! Right next to its source code!)

A certain class of gamer will hear that “Spelunky 2 is everything good about Spelunky HD, only better” and wish to hear nothing more. That’s fair (especially for players who will hold out for the game’s launch on PC in two weeks, after its timed PlayStation 4 exclusivity runs out). The charm of Spelunky 2, like its predecessor, comes from how it cleverly shakes a cup full of gameplay and level-construction elements, dumps them onto a table, and shouts “Yahtzee!” as it surprises you again and again. (To be clear, in this game’s case, “Yahtzee” is a synonym for “You died!” You will die repeatedly in Spelunky 2.)

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John James Audubon Was Never Good

The most famous name in American ornithology is that of a slave owner, grave robber, and fraud who invented birds and falsified scientific results. Birders and ornithologists are grappling with John James Audubon’s legacy today, but problematic behavior doesn’t stop at a single 19th-century naturalist. Some in the…

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Review: Netflix debuts two solid German offerings with Biohackers and Freaks

Luna Wedler (left) plays a young medical student with a secret in in the German drama <em>Biohackers</em>, and Cornelia Gröschel (right) stars as a diner waitress who discovers she has super strength in the German film, <em>Freaks: You're One of Us</em>.  Both are currently streaming on Netflix.

Enlarge / Luna Wedler (left) plays a young medical student with a secret in in the German drama Biohackers, and Cornelia Gröschel (right) stars as a diner waitress who discovers she has super strength in the German film, Freaks: You’re One of Us. Both are currently streaming on Netflix. (credit: Netflix/Sean Carroll)

As someone who enjoys discovering lesser-known films and TV series from around the world, I applaud Netflix’s continued commitment to bringing a wide range of international fare to its platform—whether it’s South Korean zombie horror/period drama,   modern Norwegian reworkings of Norse mythology, Arabic supernatural YA dramas, or Belgian sci-fi thrillers. And the excellent sci-fi series Dark recently wrapped a mind-bending third and final season on Netflix.

If that’s left you peckish for more German Netflix fare, you might check out two recent debuts: a sci-fi thriller series, Biohackers, about an ambitious young medical student seeking revenge on her mentor for the scientific sins of the past; and a film called Freaks: You’re One of Us, about a fast food diner waitress who discovers she has a superpower—and she’s not the only “freak” with a special gift. Neither even comes close to the multi-layered conceptual level of Dark, alas, but both provide well-executed, solid entertainment—and you won’t need a chart of multiple timelines to follow the plot.

(Some spoilers below, but no major reveals.)

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