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Apple’s 24in iMac sold out almost everywhere

Apple’s 24in iMac sold out almost everywhere

Computing, DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, TECHNOLOGY, USA
With long waits at Apple and other resellers listing the new M1 iMac as out of stock getting hold of a model is tricky, but not impossible. When Apple introduced the 24in iMac in seven different colours problems with delivery times were anticipated. It's therefore no surprise that Apple is predicting long delivery times for the new iMac. At the time of writing (14 June) it is impossible to pick up an iMac at an Apple Store and delivery times are currently around four weeks. Even longer if you wish to configure your new iMac with extra RAM or storage or if you want to choose certain colours (especially yellow, orange and purple it seems). With long waits at the Apple Store, which gets preferential treatment when it comes to supply of devices, it is no surprise that some resell...
Samsung might’ve canceled one of its best new Galaxy phones

Samsung might’ve canceled one of its best new Galaxy phones

Computing, DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
Samsung is widely expected to launch three Galaxy devices of flagship status to replace the Galaxy Note 21, which isn’t coming this year. These are the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 foldables and the more affordable Galaxy S21 FE version. A few recent reports said that the two new foldable phones will be unveiled in early August and hit stores by the end of the month. The next-gen Galaxy smartwatches would arrive in mid-August, according to the same sources.Notably absent from those reports was the Galaxy S21 FE, a device that has usually been featured in various Fold 3 and Flip 3 launch rumors. Separately, stories from South Korea have claimed over the weekend that the more affordable “Fan Edition” phone would be either canceled or delayed, prompting widespread speculation from leak...
Microsoft’s Xbox Series X mini fridge is real — set to launch in 2021

Microsoft’s Xbox Series X mini fridge is real — set to launch in 2021

Computing, DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, TECHNOLOGY
The Xbox Mini Fridge is 'the world’s most powerful mini fridge'During the Xbox and Bethesda E3 2021 showcase, Microsoft revealed the Xbox Series X fridge isn't just a meme anymore, and it is set to launch during the holiday season in 2021. Officially named the Xbox Mini Fridge, Microsoft's announcement trailer of "the world’s most powerful mini fridge" pokes fun at the original Xbox Series X world premiere, even stating that it uses “Xbox Velocity Cooling Architecture” to keep those cans chilled. While it probably won't be able to run everything else announced during the E3 showcase, including Starfield, Halo Infinite, and Xbox exclusive Redfall, the mini fridge does look like it can fit up to ten standard cans. It even comes with the Xbox Series X logo, green interiors, and ho...
Bitcoin jumps after Musk says Tesla could use it again

Bitcoin jumps after Musk says Tesla could use it again

Computing, DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, TECHNOLOGY
Bitcoin hit a two-week peak just shy of $40,000 on Monday, after another weekend reacting to tweets from Tesla boss Elon Musk, who fended off criticism over his market influence and said Tesla sold bitcoin but may resume transactions using it. Bitcoin has gyrated to Musk’s views for months since Tesla announced a $1.5 billion bitcoin purchase in February and said it would take the cryptocurrency in payment. He later said the electric car maker would not accept bitcoin due to concerns over how mining the currency requires high energy use and contributes to climate change. “When there’s confirmation of reasonable (~50%) clean energy usage by miners with positive future trend, Tesla will resume allowing Bitcoin transactions,” Musk said on Twitter on Sunday. Bitcoin rallied more ...
Facebook smartwatch in the works, will have detachable cameras

Facebook smartwatch in the works, will have detachable cameras

Computing, DIGITAL, SMART WATCH, TECHNOLOGY
According to a recent report from The Verge, Facebook is looking to enter the smartwatch market. The social media giant’s first smartwatch offering will reportedly feature two detachable cameras which can be propped up anywhere users see fit to capture photos and videos which can then be shared across the Facebook app suite which includes the Facebook app, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. The Facebook Watch (tentative name) will bring both front-facing and rear-mounted cameras enclosed in a stainless steel casing. The front-facing shooter is said to be primarily used for video calls while the back module comes with auto-focus and can record up to 1080p content. The watch will also do all the standard health and fitness tracking including heart rate monitoring. Elsewher...
Realme’s first tablet and laptop to be unveiled on June 15

Realme’s first tablet and laptop to be unveiled on June 15

Computing, DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, TECHNOLOGY
Realme is having a launch party on June 15 where the Snapdragon 888-powered Realme GT 5G will make its global debut. We also learned that the brand’s first laptop and tablet will also make an appearance during the event which is scheduled for noon GMT. Realme Book leaked shots (Source: Android Authority) According to the press message, the smartphone business of Realme has grown “by leaps and bounds” and now it is time for the brand to bring more “leap-forward products” to more consumer electronics categories. The future laptops and tablets, launched by Realme, will be deeply integrated with Realme smartphones and other products from the AIoT ecosystem to offer fans and customers a seamless user experience. Realme Book leaked shots (Source: Android Authority) Having a ...
EA confirms data breach as hackers claim they took FIFA 21 source code, Battlefield engine, and other LOOT

EA confirms data breach as hackers claim they took FIFA 21 source code, Battlefield engine, and other LOOT

Computing, GAMING, Security, TECHNOLOGY
Gaming behemoth Electronic Arts has been hacked. While EA says the thieves did not compromise player data, it has confirmed they made off with the source code for the FIFA 21 game, the Frostbite engine, and other software secrets. The data breach was first reported by VICE’s Motherboard on Thursday, citing posts on “underground hacking forums.” Among the stolen goods are the source code for soccer simulator FIFA 21 and its matchmaking server, and the Frostbite engine, which powers most of EA’s games – including the Battlefield and Madden franchises. EA software development kits (SDKs) are also among some 780 gigabytes of data currently being advertised for sale on the dark web. The software gives “full capability of exploiting on all EA services,” the hackers claimed in messages...

EA and DICE share the Battlefield 2042 reveal trailer

Computing, ELECTRIC, GAMING, TECHNOLOGY, TEENAGERS, Youth
EA / DICE have unleashed the Battlefield 2042 reveal trailer. Alongside the video, put together using 'game engine' footage, a press release outlines the near-future brink of WWIII first-person shooter that EA claims is "set to revolutionize the modern multiplayer sandbox". Key features of the new title are; matches filled with up to 128 players (PC and newest gen consoles), real-time events that reshape the battlefield and tactical combat, plus all-new weapons, vehicles and gadgets. The story behind this dystopian near future game is that while the US and Russia are drawn into all out war due to shortages of food, water and energy, refugee populations spring up 'No Pat Specialists' willing to fight on either side for the perceived benefit of the large number of citizens of various...

Bitcoin now legal tender in El Salvador, first nation to adopt cryptocurrency

Computing, DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, TECHNOLOGY
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 15: In this photo illustration model Bitcoins lying on Dollar bills on February 15, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo Illustration by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images) Central American nation hopes to lower remittance costs and boost investment. On Wednesday, El Salvador’s president signed into law a proposal to adopt bitcoin as legal tender, making the Central American nation the first in the world to officially use the cryptocurrency. The new law says that companies must accept bitcoin as a form of payment, and the government will allow people to pay taxes with it as well. The exchange rate with the dollar will be set by the market, and exchanges from dollars to bitcoin won’t be subject to capital gains tax. The law was passed by a supermajo...

Israeli cyber firm selling mobile phone spyware to Saudi Arabia: report

Computing, DIGITAL, INTERNATIONAL, TECHNOLOGY, WORLD
It is suspected that Saudi Arabia and other states are using such software to spy on dissidents. It has been revealed that a secretive Israeli cyber company is selling offensive hacking technology to Saudi Arabia, according to reports by Haaretz. Quadream, which operates from an unmarked office in Ramat Gan and has a minimal online presence, provides offensive hacking solutions that allow its clients to access mobile phones, collect data stored on the devices, and even use the phones to track and spy on individuals. While many of Quadream’s clients are law enforcement agencies, they have also sold their services to repressive regimes, including Saudi Arabia. It is suspected that countries like Saudi Arabia are using the hacking tools to spy on dissidents. Quadream was f...

Fastly blames software bug for major global internet outage

Computing, DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, SOFTWARE, TECHNOLOGY
Fastly, the company behind a major global internet outage this week, says the incident was caused by a bug in its software that was triggered when one of its customers changed their settings. Tuesday’s outage raised questions about the reliance of the internet on a few infrastructure companies. Fastly’s issue knocked out high traffic sites including news providers such as the Guardian and New York Times, as well as British government sites, Reddit and Amazon.com. “This outage was broad and severe and we’re truly sorry for the impact to our customers and everyone who relies on them,” the company said in a blog post authored by Nick Rockwell, its senior engineering and infrastructure executive. He said the problem should have been anticipated. Fastly operates a group of serv...

In China, a little-known EV maker is leaving Tesla in the dust

CARS, Computing, DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, TECHNOLOGY
A China-US JV has outsold every player with its tiny, cheap EV that young women love. Since last July, a little-known automaker in China’s southwest has dominated the world’s largest electric car market, outselling bigger players and even Tesla Inc. almost every month with a tiny, bare-bones EV that starts at just $4,500. The Hongguang Mini is the brainchild of SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co., a joint venture between SAIC Motor Corp. and Guangxi Automobile Group Co., two state-backed automakers, and U.S. giant General Motors Co. Based in the city of Liuzhou, known for its limestone mountains and river-snail soup, the company — which has sold some 270,000 of the cars within nine months, making it the best-selling EV in China — has even bigger ambitions for the future. It’s aimin...
Colonial Pipeline ransom recovers as Bitcoin sinks

Colonial Pipeline ransom recovers as Bitcoin sinks

Computing, DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, TECHNOLOGY
The recovery of nearly all of the Bitcoin ransom paid to Colonial Pipeline hackers is undermining the perception that Bitcoin is beyond the control of any government. Bitcoin slumped to a two-week low, with analysts pointing to a technical breakdown as well as the recovery of Colonial Pipeline Co.’s ransom as evidence that crypto isn’t beyond government control. The largest token tumbled as much as 9.9% to $31,036 in New York trading. The wider Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index fell as much as 15%, with altcoins such as Ether, Litecoin and EOS dropping more. The fact that investigators “could trace the untraceable and seize it might be undermining the libertarian, free-of-government-control case,” said Jeffrey Halley, a senior market analyst at Oanda. The implications of that may...
Windows Upcoming Redesign May Finally Include a New Settings App

Windows Upcoming Redesign May Finally Include a New Settings App

Computing, DIGITAL, TECHNOLOGY, WORLD
Microsoft started off with a teaser at the Build conference, and then it made things official last week: A new version of Windows is coming. Microsoft will unveil the new OS, code-named Sun Valley, at an event on June 24, and according to Windows Latest, it will include a redesigned Settings app. Microsoft will probably focus on all the flashy whiz-bang new features, but a new Settings app is reason enough to be excited about Sun Valley. Microsoft introduced the current modern UI Settings app almost a decade ago in Windows 8. It didn’t have all the necessary features to replace the venerable Control Panel, so Microsoft kept both of them in the OS. It said the Control Panel would stick around until the new Settings app was fully developed. So, we waited, and we waited… and we waited...
BlackBerry and BiTECH Team Up To Build Safe, Reliable Digital LCD Instrument Cluster For Changan’s Newly Launched UNI-K SUV

BlackBerry and BiTECH Team Up To Build Safe, Reliable Digital LCD Instrument Cluster For Changan’s Newly Launched UNI-K SUV

Computing, DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, TECHNOLOGY
BlackBerry and BiTECH Team Up To Build Safe, Reliable Digital LCD Instrument Cluster For Changan’s Newly Launched UNI-K SUV SHANGHAI, China and WATERLOO ---BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced that its QNX® Neutrino® Realtime Operating System (RTOS), has been adopted in a new digital LCD cluster jointly developed with BiTECH Automotive (Wuhu) Co., Ltd. The digital instrument cluster is being installed in Changan Automobile's new SUV, the UNI-K, which has entered mass production, providing a personalized user experience for drivers while ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the SUV's critical systems. Changan's Newly Launched UNI-K SUV The Changan UNI-K is a new mid-to-high-end SUV which features an advanced smart driving assistance program and a smar...
Taxing times for Big Tech

Taxing times for Big Tech

Asia, Computing, DIGITAL, EUROPE, TECHNOLOGY, USA, WORLD
The G7’s weekend agreement on a global minimum corporate tax rate of at least 15 per cent has been hailed as historic, but is still dependent on the successful outcome of wider negotiations aimed in part at bringing Big Tech to heel on paying its fair share. The first hurdle will be winning the backing of the G20 group of nations, meeting in Venice next month. That would, in turn, influence the talks being conducted among 139 countries at the OECD in Paris. But US Treasury secretary Janet Yellen focused on the second pillar: the global minimum rate of at least 15 per cent. This would generate more revenue for the federal government in Washington. The first pillar requires a global agreement and US legislation which must pass through Congress, while the second — which the OECD es...
Big tech supports global tax, but wants digital services levies axed

Big tech supports global tax, but wants digital services levies axed

Computing, DIGITAL, Social Media, TECHNOLOGY
U.S. tech giants could benefit from the agreement of the Group of Seven rich countries’ agreement to create a global minimum 15% corporate tax rate if the final deal also scraps increasingly popular digital services taxes, according to industry lobbyists. The Deal, reached Saturday, was designed to reduce companies’ incentives to shift profits to low-tax offshore havens and could bring hundreds of billions of dollars into government coffers. The statement on the U.S. Treasury Department website touting the deal also discusses the "removal of all Digital Services Taxes, and other relevant similar measures, on all companies." Facebook Inc (FB.O) was quick to praise the deal, and Alphabet Inc's (GOOG.LO) Google followed suit: "We strongly support the work being done to update i...
Can China still lead the world in tech without a new Jack Ma?

Can China still lead the world in tech without a new Jack Ma?

China, Computing, DIGITAL, TECHNOLOGY
China has cut its global tech champions down to size, cracking down on antitrust abuses and undue risk taking. But the heavy-handed approach could backfire on Beijing by stifling an entrepreneurial spirit that has proven vital to the country's rapid economic rise.Several tech companies have been investigated in the past few months over alleged monopolistic behavior or other breaches of consumer rights. The ongoing probe — which President Xi Jinping has personally endorsed as necessary to maintain "social stability" — has led to record fines for some tech titans and massive overhauls for others. More than $600 billion has been wiped off the value of the biggest tech stocks in recent months.A couple of China's most successful entrepreneurs have quit high-level positions amid the turmoil...
Best electric cars for 2021

Best electric cars for 2021

CARS, Computing, ELECTRIC, TECHNOLOGY
With tech, designs and range in the segment better than they've ever been, we're going to help you make the switch to an electric car. If you're ready to take the leap into the world of electric vehicles, now is the best time. The technology behind EVs continues to grow smarter, ranges are longer than ever between charges and charging infrastructure is finally starting to come alive. The problem is figuring out which of the many electric vehicles on sale today will best fit your life and your budget. Do you want something cheaper and with a more limited range, or do you want to pony up some cash for luxury features and enough range for charge-free road trips? How are you supposed to choose the best EV for you? We can't tell you exactly which EV is right for your life, but we can ...
How good is the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti for creatives?

How good is the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti for creatives?

Computing, ELECTRIC, GADGET, GAMING, TECHNOLOGY
We test out the RTX 3080 Ti using creative tools If you’ve read our full Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti review, you’ll have seen that it is an excellent graphics card when it comes to gaming, even rivaling the mighty RTX 3090. However, Nvidia is also keen to stress how good this new GPU is at creative tasks as well, so we decided to give it a spin, to see if it’s a GPU that’s worth buying for creatives. In the past, if you did creative work that required a graphics card, you’d often have to rely on professional GPUs, such as Nvidia’s Quadro range. These are extremely expensive, and for many people overkill. The good news is that as gaming GPUs have improved over the years, their abilities to handle creative tasks has also improved. In fact, Nvidia has done a sterling job in th...