DEAL: Refurbished Ring Video Doorbells for Only $54 ($36 Off)

DEAL: Refurbished Ring Video Doorbells for Only $54 ($36 Off)


If you watch the news, you may be aware that package thieves are a real threat these days. With Amazon boxes easily spottable, as well as Nike using branded tape to mark its own packaging, it’s easy for thieves to know which packages might be worth swiping from a porch. As a method to deter such acts, video doorbells have become pretty common, with Ring being one of the more popular brands.

For a limited time with Amazon Prime, you can score a certified refurbished Ring video doorbell for just $54, thanks to an additional 10% savings being applied at checkout. That’s quite the savings from their usual $89.99 price.

With the Ring doorbell, you can be alerted via your smartphone when someone approaches your porch or when they ring the bell. Additionally, Ring sells cloud storage for your video recordings that you can also access on your smartphone.

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HTC Pulls Pie Update for U11 After Users Report Soft-Bricking Issues

HTC Pulls Pie Update for U11 After Users Report Soft-Bricking Issues


HTC recently began shipping out the Pie update to U11 owners in Taiwan, but unfortunately for some, the update was causing phones to become soft-bricked. HTC has pulled the update and according to its forum, the company plans to have a fix later this week.

Apparently, after the update, users are unable to enter the phone due to not being able to bypass their passcode and pattern protected devices. Whoopsies. HTC states that any users encountering this issue will receive free service to get it corrected.

We assume and hope that bugs such as this will be worked out by the time the update makes it way to the US.

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YouTube bans neo-Nazi and Holocaust-denial videos in push against hate speech

YouTube bans neo-Nazi and Holocaust-denial videos in push against hate speech

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YouTube today expanded its hate-speech policy to ban more white supremacist videos, such as those that promote Nazi ideology. The site is also banning hoax videos that deny the existence of the Holocaust and other well-documented violent events.

The move will likely result in bans for many white supremacist YouTubers and other people spreading hateful ideologies.

“Today, we’re taking another step in our hate-speech policy by specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation, or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status,” YouTube’s announcement said. “This would include, for example, videos that promote or glorify Nazi ideology, which is inherently discriminatory. Finally, we will remove content denying that well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, took place.”

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Verizon’s LG G7 Gets Updated to Android Pie

Verizon’s LG G7 Gets Updated to Android Pie


LG is pushing its 2nd Android Pie update in the US, this time to the G7 ThinQ on Verizon. It’s June 5 and Android Pie was released in August of last year, so there isn’t much to say here. It’s absolutely pathetic that it has taken this long for LG to release these updates.

The update arrives as build G710VM20a and only contains the April Android security patch.

LG G7 users will get optional gesture navigation, volume keys that default to adjusting media, new camera modes (Cine shot, Part Slo-Mo, and AI composition), the ability to run two accounts through the same app, annnnnnnd that’s mostly it.

It’s freakin’ June. We’re on the Android Q Beta 4 with stable Q about two months away. Good lord, LG, you are bad at this.

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Brad Pitt heads into space with mega daddy issues in first Ad Astra trailer

Brad Pitt heads into space with mega daddy issues in first Ad Astra trailer

Brad Pitt stars as an astronaut in search of his long-lost father (Tommy Lee Jones) in Ad Astra.

An astronaut must venture to the edge of our solar system to save the planet in the first trailer for sci-fi drama Ad Astra.

Director James Gray (The Lost City of Z) has said he wanted to make a film that depicted space travel as realistically as possible “and to basically say, ‘Space is awfully hostile to us.’ It’s kind of a Heart of Darkness story about traveling to the outer edge of our solar system.” The official synopsis strikes just the right note of vague grandiosity: “Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human

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Warnings of world-wide worm attacks are the real deal, new exploit shows

Warnings of world-wide worm attacks are the real deal, new exploit shows

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For the past three weeks, security professionals have warned with increasing urgency that a recently patched Windows vulnerability has the potential to trigger attacks not seen since the WannaCry worm that paralyzed much of the world in 2017. A demonstration video circulating on the Internet is the latest evidence to prove those warnings are the real deal.

It was posted Tuesday by Sean Dillon, a senior security researcher and RiskSense. A play-by-play helps to underscore the significance of the feat.

The video shows a module Dillon wrote for the Metasploit exploit framework remotely connecting to a Windows Server 2008 R2 computer that has yet to install a patch Microsoft released in mid May. At about 14 seconds, a Metasploit payload

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For 5G, AT&T and T-Mobile buy $1.8 billion worth of 24GHz spectrum across US

For 5G, AT&T and T-Mobile buy $1.8 billion worth of 24GHz spectrum across US

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AT&T and T-Mobile committed to spend nearly $1.8 billion, combined, on high-frequency spectrum for their 5G networks in a Federal Communications Commission auction that sold airwave licenses covering the whole US. Verizon committed to spend $506 million in a separate 5G auction.

AT&T’s winning bids in the 24GHz auction totaled $982.5 million for 831 licenses in 383 Partial Economic Areas (PEAs). That should cover most of the US, as the FCC divides the country into 416 PEAs for purposes of the auction. This spectrum will be used for AT&T’s real 5G network, not the 4G network that AT&T misleadingly calls “5G E.”

T-Mobile’s winning bids totaled $803.2 million for 1,346 licenses in 400 PEAs.

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Essential Phone Gets Android Q Beta 4, Other Devices to Follow

Essential Phone Gets Android Q Beta 4, Other Devices to Follow


Now that the Android Q Beta 4 has been released to Pixel devices, you are probably wondering when you might see it on the other devices participating in the program. The answer is pretty simple for one phone – Essential has already pushed the update live to the Essential Phone. If you own an Essential Phone still and are in the Q beta program, it’s update time.

If you are not yet in the program, signing up is as simple as installing the Essential Q Beta app from Google Play and then filling out a form. Once you have been approved or verified, the update will appear as ready on your phone (Settings>System>Advanced>System update).

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Android Q Beta 4 is out, brings finalized APIs

Android Q Beta 4 is out, brings finalized APIs

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The fourth version of the Android Q Beta is out. Google announced the release today for Pixel devices enrolled in the Android Q Beta program, and third-party devices should get the update whenever their manufacturer gets around to it. There are 12 third-party manufacturers involved in the Android Q beta this year, and at least one, Essential, is releasing Beta 4 today along with Google.

With Beta 4, Google is declaring the new Android Q developer APIs to be “final,” giving them the official designation of “API 29” (the number goes up with each release of Android). With the final APIs, Android app developers are encouraged to make any Q-centric changes to their apps and upload them to Google Play, which is now accepting apps targeting the new OS. In Q, developers can add features like an official system-supported dark mode, support for foldable

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Following Schrödinger’s cat to its death and giving it a reprieve

Following Schrödinger’s cat to its death and giving it a reprieve

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One thing I dislike about quantum mechanics is that it encourages journalists to overuse words like “mysterious” and “spooky.” Given that we can model quantum systems to an accuracy that would make a god cry, where is the mystery?

I personally blame Schrödinger and his eponymous cat. That thought experiment, combined with an ever-increasing body of experimental results, shows just how subtle quantum mechanics is. Rather than admitting a lack of understanding, some journalists seem to use Schrödinger’s cat as a get-out-of-explaining-for-free card.

No doubt the words “mysterious” and “spooky” are going to turn up again regarding an experiment that, according to its press release, shows how to predict when Schrödinger’s cat is about to die. The experiment is really only tangentially related to Schrödinger’s cat; instead, it shows how no matter how well you understand quantum mechanics, there is always

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