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The FBI has put out a PSA about an interesting crypto scam

06-Nov-2021 03:19

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

The FBI is involving cryptocurrency ATMs. A con artist convinces a person to put cash into a cryptocurrency ATM and send the purchased coins to the scammer using an address stored in a QR code (). While the actual scamming is relatively low-tech, it’s an interesting misuse of technology and shows how criminals are using crypto to “improve” on old methods.

As the agency describes it, the scammer will contact their victim and somehow convince them that they need to send money, either with promises of love, further riches, or by impersonating an actual institution like a bank or utility company. After the mark is convinced, the scammer will have them get cash (sometimes out of investment or...

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Unlucky Delays Mean ISS Astronauts Could Return to Earth Before Their Replacements Arrive

06-Nov-2021 03:10

The International Space Station could be emptier than usual next week, should NASA decide to send four astronauts home prior to the arrival of the SpaceX Crew-3 mission.

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how-to

Google removes its algorithmic ‘Your News Update’ from Assistant

06-Nov-2021 03:07

Photo: Dan Seifert / The Verge

Google has quietly removed its “Your News Update” feature from Assistant, axing the algorithmically personalized audio digest in favor of the company’s existing (and more traditional) news briefings, .

, Your News Update was an attempt at bringing the same kinds of algorithmic feeds that had been so successful on Facebook or other areas of Google’s products to audio news.

Instead of users picking their three specific new sources (like NPR, The New York Times, or CNN), Your News Update would rely on Google’s wealth of personal data to offer far more specific and relevant news updates from a broad range of partners that Google was licensing news from.

As The Verge’s Dieter Bohn pointed...

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Apple fixes bug that could cause macOS Monterey to brick Macs with a T2 security chip

06-Nov-2021 03:00

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

Since , there have been several Apple users who said that installing the update bricked their computers. It was unclear what might have caused the issue until today, as , he has received this statement from Apple citing an issue with the firmware of its T2 security chip (via ).

We have identified and fixed an issue with the firmware on the Apple T2 security chip that prevented a very small number of users from booting up their Mac after updating macOS. The updated firmware is now included with the existing macOS updates. Any users impacted by this issue can contact Apple Support for assistance.

There aren’t any specifics on the models affected, possible settings or configurations that...

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hardware

Solar panels in space could be clean-energy gold mines

06-Nov-2021 03:00

A constant stream of sunlight could mean unlimited power for all.

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hardware

Disney Plus: What to know to stream Eternals (nope), Shang-Chi (soon) and everything else

06-Nov-2021 03:00

Here's everything to know about the service, its movies and its shows.

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features

Microsoft is hosting an education-focused event on November 9th

06-Nov-2021 02:51

Microsoft just launched the affordable Surface Go 3, but maybe it will reveal new hardware at an education-focused event on Tuesday. | Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

Microsoft is hosting an event next week focused on education technology. It’s taking place November 9th at 12PM ET.

Details are light, but here’s :

Join us at 9 a.m. PT on Tuesday, Nov. 9, as we share an inside look at the latest tech solutions while examining gaps in learning left by the pandemic. Hear from Microsoft partners, school leaders and a few special guests, and learn about new and existing technology from Microsoft Education.

The event arrives just over a month after the company released . Perhaps the company will detail upcoming education-focused updates on the way for Windows 11.

Microsoft’s vague hint about “new and existing technology” indicates...

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The CW Announces a Slew of Superhero Premiere Dates

06-Nov-2021 02:50

Here’s the good news: ’s five-part “” crossover will begin on November 16, less than two scant weeks from now. That same night, will also premiere its supernatural five-episode visit by (Kiernan Shipka). But after those end, you’ll have to wait until 2022 for more of the…

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FAA is sending some unruly airline passenger cases to the FBI

06-Nov-2021 02:41

The aviation administration is referring particularly egregious cases of in-flight disruption to the federal law enforcement agency.

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news

Best streaming service of 2021: Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, Hulu, ESPN Plus and more

06-Nov-2021 02:35

We rank the best and compare shows, movies, sports, features and price.

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