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newegg fell victim to month-long card skimming hack

newegg has since removed the code, but it's not certain how many people have been affected. we've asked the company for comment. in an email to customers, it said it had "not yet determined" which accounts had been compromised but was warning potentially affected users to watch their card activity. it promised an faq on the breach by september 21st.it's not certain who's responsible, as the intruders went to pains to hide their identities (such as registering a domain with priva...




'red dead online' arrives this november

the publisher says "red dead online is an evolution of the classic multiplayer experience in the original red dead redemption." it will combine competitive and co-op gameplay with narratives in red dead redemption 2's open world. as with gta online, which also debuted a few weeks after grand theft auto v, rockstar will release "constant updates ...




bose sleepbuds review: helpful but needs improvement

i've been a light sleeper all of my life, and living in a loud city for a decade wasn't exactly conducive to getting a good night's rest. i expected the situation to improve when we moved out to the semi-country, and it did for the most part. there was just one problem: my husband started snoring.i tried a number of different things to deal with the sound: a loud white noise fan mixed with a white noise machine, a pillow over my head and the tried and true "constantly jabbing him every time he started snoring so that neither of us slept a wink" method (that last option was supremely unpopular in my house).but in june, my husband took matters into his own hands and sent me a link to the newly released bose sleepbuds. after almost three m...




amazon shopping test recommends products based on your likes

the scout site only covers a handful of categories at the moment. most of it involves decor and furniture, such as tables, vases and lighting. you'll also find bedding, dinnerware and women's shoes. amazon is promising more categories in the future, so don't despair if you're unsure about toys or handbags. there's no mention of pricing, though -- be ready to visit the regular amazon if you have a firm budget.it's not certain when scout premiered. we've asked amazon for c...




facebook’s 'war room' is its latest effort to protect elections

"we see this as probably the biggest company-wide reorientation since our shift from desktops to mobile phones," samidh chakrabarti, head of facebook's elections and civic engagement team, told the new york times. the room will house computers and tvs tuned into news channels.chakrabarti told the publication that the dashboards designed by the company will let those in the war room zero in on specific stories that see a spike in circulation, for example, or help them observe an increase in automated account creation within a geographic region. facebook tested the system last december when alabama held a special senate election and it has been tweaking the software ever since, redesigning it in conjunction with major elections around the ...




teenage engineering's op-z synth finally goes on sale in october

the op-z also packs in 16 independent synth, sampler and control tracks alongside 160 programmable patterns and, of course, midi. when it comes to visuals, unity 3d integration and support for dmx light sequencing is here to lend a hand, and you can instantly sync images taken with a phone camera with the unit. there's also a motion sensor inside with bluetooth, usb-c and 3.5mm connectivity all on board. the op-z even has a built-in microphone, should you need it.the op-z is no doubt an evolution from the company's first instrument, the op-1, that debuted in 2010. teenage engineering says there are "modules" in the works that wil...




samsung’s $1,800 odyssey z gaming laptop is on sale in the us

samsung's notebook odyssey z gaming laptop is now available in the us. the laptop, which features a slim design, a keyboard pushed to the lower portion of the tray and a right-side touchpad, comes in just one configuration that includes a 15.6-inch display, an intel i7 hexa-core processor, 16gb of ddr4 ram and 256gb ssd."today's games are more intense, immersive and graphic-rich ...




amazon could open 3,000 cashierless go stores by 2021

according to people familiar with the matter, the company could have 10 locations running by the end of the year and as many as 50 in 2019. one major hurdle, however, would be the cost -- bloomberg's sources said the first amazon go store needed more than $1 million worth of hardware. focusing on prepared foods rather than groceries could help boost profit margins, and some of the existing stores are already doing that. additionally, opening multiple stores in the same metro area could help minimize costs since they could in theory share...




forsaken's gambit mode is open to everyone this weekend

gambit is a hybrid mode that has two four-player teams racing to kill ai enemies as quickly as possible to fill an energy bank. when that bank tops up, you can summon a powerful taken creature and assault the enemy team with a major advantage on your side. moreover, y...




california may ban terrible default passwords on connected devices

if a device requires you to sign in, manufacturers will either have to use unique preprogrammed passwords -- see ya never, username: admin/password: admin -- or make you change the credentials the first time you use it. companies will also have to "equip the device with a reasonable security feature or features that are appropriate to the nature and function of the device."if brown signs the bill into law, it will take effect at the beginning of 2020. but critics claim the wording is vague and doesn't go far enough in ensuring manufacturers don't include unsecured features."it's like dieting, where people insist you should eat more kale, which does little to address the problem you are pigging out on potato chips," robert graham of err...




mars trips may involve less radiation exposure than previously thought

expedition members would still face a daunting challenge, of course. even if the radiation is manageable on the ways to and from the red planet, there's still the matter of radiation while on the surface. mars has neither the thick atmosphere nor magnetic field needed to keep out harmful cosmic rays, so astronauts will need some kind of protection even when the...




'mandy,' 'succession' and 'great news'

succession / great newsdaniel coopersenior editorif there's one thing that paternity leave guarantees, it's that you, and your newborn, will be spending plenty of sleepless nights in front of the tv. which gave me ample excuse to clear off my dvr, or at least make a dent in the number of things i've failed to watch. the only big things left on my queue are get out and billions, both of which i'll do my best to get around to in the next few sleepless weeks.the biggest new show to come out during my absence was succession, jesse armstrong's brilliant satire of a wealthy media family. inspired by the murdochs, but drawing material from any number of powerful media dynasties, it's the story of a civil war between logan roy and his children...




google provides 911 call centers with more accurate location data

google tested this system earlier this year, sending its location data straight to 911 call centers when android users called the emergency service. the system reportedly sent more accurate location data than what carriers provided and did so more quickly. google says its emergency location service is avai...




fitbit leans hard into healthcare with a new enterprise offering

fitbit care has three different components to it. first, there's the health and fitness tracking through the company's devices. second, enterprise customers can use fitbit's digital tools to create personal challenges and private social groups to support and motivate members. and third, companies and organizations can provide one-on-one health coaching for members right through the app, or arrange in-person or phone meetings. this will allow companies to support members dealing with diabetes, depression and other conditions.this is all made possible through a new app called fitbit plus, which will facilitate these communications between the member and their care team. fitbit plus will also integrate health metrics such as blood pressure, ...




evernote cuts staff as user growth stalls

in a message on the evernote blog, o' neill admitted he'd set "incredibly aggressive goals" for the company in 2018. he continued: "going forward, we are streamlining certain functions, like sales, so we can continue to speed up and scale others, like product development and engineering."the layoffs follow an exec exodus just weeks ago and the company's recent brand refresh (complete with a refined logo and wordmark). but critics are more concerned about its product, especially ...




spotify sued over executives' alleged gender discrimination

on top of this, perez described an overall hostile work culture, particularly from us sales head (and her boss) brian berner. he allegedly chose only men for drug-addled "boys' trips" to the sundance film festival in 2016 and 2017, excluding women who were better-qualified for the ostensibly work-oriented visits. he also purportedly scapegoated perez after getting in trouble over a buyer deal and taking free madison square garden tickets, getting her fired for conduct violations that were really his.pereze added that she'd raised c...




'pubg' could be en route to playstation 4 this year

earlier this month pubg hit version 1.0 on xbox, some nine months after it did so on pc. on paper, both platforms have reached parity, even though they're both still a little janky despite coming out of early access on steam and game preview on xbox. microsoft has been pushing pubg extremely hard as an exclusive game for the past year. from splashy ad campaigns and console bundles to attempts at viral videos, you'd be forgiven for thinking pubg was owned by the company. which likely means microsoft paid a hefty sum for it to not appear on sony's hardware. those type of deals usually have an expiration date (typically a year). that, combined with the previous statements makes this rating seem fairly plausible -- especially when the same rat...




why are people pretending to be dead on instagram?

like with many memes, it's tough to figure out where exactly this one originated. actress dove cameron tweeted about a similar trend in 2014. "the 'comment rip on my photos to scare my friends' trend on instagram is really, very not okay," she said at the time. "death and loss should never be disrespected." simrin said he wasn't "really into social media" back then, but he would like to take credit for the hundreds people who are now joining in on the trend by leaving similar comments on accounts like drake's and kim kardashian's. not all of them are teenagers either. we reached out to dozens of instagram users who are doing it, including people in their 20s and 30s, but the majority of them refused to speak on the record out of fear...




telegram's move to swift on ios promises a more battery-friendly app

founder pavel durov said on his telegram channel that the swift version looks the same as the current app, but it's sleeker, faster and more battery efficient. he noted that the telegram team is "putting some finishing touches on it," though it's pretty much ready to make the switch for all of its ios users. a completely new codebase could mean there are some bugs or glitches, though durov claims telegram will quickly fix them.both versions of telegram are currently available in the app store, though it's not clear how the move will impact those who use ios 6, which doesn't support swift (telegram is currently available on...




lyft concierge lets businesses schedule flexible rides

lyft's concierge service, which opened up to all businesses earlier this year, lets companies and organizations hail rides for their customers, patients and employees. while it lets those businesses offer an additional service, it's not always clear exactly when a passenger will need a ride. ...