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Top reads for the week: The Light Eaters, Paranoid Gardens, and I Was a Teenage Slasher

We have been intrigued by the latest fiction, nonfiction, and comics that have been released. I Was a Teenage Slasher by Stephen Graham Jones Stephen Graham Jones is something of a slasher expert. The author has tackled the genre in several of his novels (most notably the Indian Lake trilogy, which features a slasher-obsessed protagonist) and has an ongoing Fangoria column devoted to his influences, so it’s no surprise to see that he’s published another take on the canon. But this time we get a different perspective: that of a…

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Rivian debuts its inaugural Charging Outpost, an eco-friendly alternative to traditional gas stations near Yosemite.

Rivian has recently unveiled its inaugural EV charging rest stop located just 24 miles from Yosemite National Park. The facility boasts amenities such as bathrooms, a lounge equipped with a small library, a water refill station, complimentary coffee, and a “make your own” trail mix station (for a fee). While only Rivian owners will have access to the five DC fast chargers at the Rivian Yosemite Charging Outpost, all visitors are welcome to enjoy the other offerings. The Charging Outpost is located in Groveland, California near the park’s west entrance…

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X is developing a method to prevent links in responses

X is working on a new feature to combat spam posts on its platform, according to Nima Owji, an independent app researcher. The feature will allow users to disable links in replies, as shown in an image posted by Owji. Users can choose to prevent others from responding with a link to their posts by ticking a box for this option. X is working on the ability to let you disable links in the replies of your posts! pic.twitter.com/dddP0a8l5w — Nima Owji (@nima_owji) July 19, 2024 Christopher Stanley, X’s director…

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Switzerland will soon debut the Sarco, a $20 suicide pod designed for controversial assisted dying. (Ennio Leanza) News 

Switzerland introduces unique tourism concept: Rent a 3D-printed suicide pod for ₹1700

Switzerland is close to introducing a new assisted dying method with the Sarco, a portable suicide pod created through 3D printing. The introduction of this device is seen as a major advancement in the country’s end-of-life options by The Last Resort, an organisation that focuses on assisted dying. How the Sarco Pod works The Sarco pod, designed to facilitate a controlled and pain-free end of life, was originally unveiled in 2019 and has since generated much discussion. The device works by filling its chamber with nitrogen, which quickly lowers oxygen…

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Samsung halts shipments of Galaxy Buds 3 Pro due to quality control concerns

Samsung has paused the shipment of Galaxy Buds 3 Pro due to concerns about product quality. The company is taking steps to improve quality control before the earbuds are released, citing the infamous Galaxy Note incident from eight years ago. This decision was announced in a statement provided to ReturnByte and Android Authority. Some users who received the Galaxy Buds 3 Pro before its launch on July 24 reported that their ear tips were easily torn. Considering how often the tips might need to be removed and replaced to find…

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Teenage boy arrested by police in relation to the MGM Resorts ransomware attack

A ransomware attack that caused the shutdown of MGM Resorts in Las Vegas last year may have been carried out by a teenage boy. The West Midlands Police Department in England announced the arrest of a 17-year-old from Walsall on Thursday in connection with the incident at the resort and casino on the Las Vegas strip. The teenager was arrested on suspicion of blackmail and breaching the UK’s Computer Misuse Act. He was released on bail, according to a statement from the police department. Officers were tracking down the teenage…

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Google will discontinue its goo.gl shortener links next year.

As of August 23, users clicking on a goo.gl link may encounter a warning message stating that the link will soon be inactive before being redirected to their intended website. Google discontinued its goo.gl URL shortening service in 2018, preventing users from generating new links. The company has now revealed that all existing goo.gl links will cease to be supported, resulting in a “404 page not found” error by August 25, 2025. Google is giving developers plenty of time to switch to other mitigations by displaying the aforementioned warning page…

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CrowdStrike-powered Windows PCs are suffering for the infamous Blue Screen of Death issue. (Microsoft Designer AI) News 

Issue with CrowdStrike causing Windows to reboot

UPDATE: The CEO of CrowdStrike has issued an apology for the Microsoft Windows outage and has assured that systems will begin to recover shortly. CrowdStrike CEO George Kurtz apologized for the widespread global IT outage affecting the Windows operating system. In an interview with NBC News, he “vowed” to work with CrowdStrike’s partners to get the services back online. “Many of the customers reboot the system and it’s coming and it’s up and running. It can take a while for some systems that don’t automatically recover,” Kurtz said. “We deeply regret…

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Airtel introduces new 5G data booster packs with unlimited 5G data for its customers. (Bloomberg) News 

Details of Airtel’s new 5G data booster plans featuring unlimited data and customizable pricing released

Bharti Airtel has launched new 5G data booster packs to complement its existing 1GB and 1.5GB daily data plans, following in the footsteps of Reliance Jio. The goal is to improve Airtel’s data services for its users. Airtel 5G Data Booster Packs Details Airtel’s new data booster packs come in three tiers priced at Rs. 51, Rs. 101 and Rs. 151. These packs offer 3GB, 6GB and 9GB of 4G data respectively, while also offering unlimited 5G data. Customers can activate these packages alongside their existing plans, in which case…

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ASSOCIATED PRESS News 

Major companies worldwide affected by faulty cybersecurity update, including banks and airlines

An extensive outage of Microsoft Windows BSOD (blue screen of death) has affected numerous companies globally, including airlines, broadcasters, and others. The issue stemmed from a flawed update from security company CrowdStrike, which resulted in PCs and servers getting stuck in an unrecoverable boot loop. Although the update has been reversed, many machines continue to be impacted by the glitch. “We have widespread reports of BSODs on Windows hosts occurring on multiple sensor versions,” CrowdStrike wrote in a pinned Reddit post. “[We’ve] identified the deployment of content associated with this…

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Windows laptop restarting unexpectedly? You’re not alone—millions of people around the world are experiencing the same issue. (REUTERS) News 

Blue screen appearing on millions of Windows PCs worldwide, causing restarts

Microsoft Windows Outage: If you are reading this, chances are you have experienced the Windows outage or heard someone else talk about the issue that is impacting millions of Windows computers globally. So, what exactly is causing this outage and why is it affecting so many computers worldwide? In essence, users are encountering random restarts and the dreaded ‘Blue Screen of Death’ (BSOD) error on their Windows PCs. This disruption has had a significant impact on various industries, including aviation, with airlines like Indigo, SpiceJet, and Akasa confirming that their…

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OpenAI GPT 4o mini is here, and it makes it cost-effective for developers to leverage generative AI. (OpenAI) News 

OpenAI introduces GPT-4o Mini, a cost-effective model for developers – Exploring its differences from larger models

OpenAI has introduced the GPT 4o mini, targeting the affordable small model market. Unlike its predecessors GPT 3.5 and GPT 4o, this new model is smaller and lighter but boasts greater capabilities, as claimed by OpenAI. The aim is to address cost concerns for developers using AI models and make app development more accessible with the GPT 4o. OpenAI GPT 4o: What’s new Recently, we’ve seen how popular some other lighter models have become, including the Google Gemini 1.5 Flash, due to their cost-saving features. Here, GPT 4o brings more…

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Cash App Pay partners with Google Play to provide a wider range of options for the next generation of consumers.

Cash App Pay has partnered with Google Play to offer consumers an additional online purchasing option. This integration will be particularly beneficial for Android users, as Google Play is seamlessly integrated into the operating system. Cash App believes that this collaboration will provide “next generation consumers” with more choices, with a focus on the gaming industry. Cash App users can withdraw money from an existing balance or a linked debit card to pay for items on Google Play. Cash App currently has four million monthly active users, and the company…

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Google News 

Google has officially confirmed the Pixel 9 Pro’s large camera bump

Google has confirmed the upcoming release of the Pixel 9 Pro smartphone before the Made By Google livestream event in August. The announcement comes after images and videos of the device were leaked earlier this week. The company confirmed the smartphone with an announcement video that could have waited until August 13. There aren’t many details in the video, but there is footage of the phone in action, confirming one of the big suspicions about the Pixel 9 Pro. The absolutely gigantic camera bump is real and ready to make…

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The latest trailer for Alien: Romulus is intense, gory, and impressive.

The recent Alien films have been generally well-received, but many fans feel they lack the intense, visceral tension of the original movies. The new trailer for Alien: Romulus suggests a return to the franchise’s dark and claustrophobic origins. Alien: Romulus features an all-new crew of doomed spacefaring souls who encounter a deadly Xenomorph in an abandoned spaceship. This time it’s a crew of space colonizers scavenging for resources from abandoned ships and stations. This Alien movie is written and directed by Fede Alvarez, the filmmaker behind cult horror movies like…

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FiiO introduces a modern version of the classic portable CD player without the need for AA batteries

The resurgence of CD players is evident as Gen Z embraces 90s nostalgia with products like Nirvana, Tamagotchi, and wired headphones. FiiO, an audiophile brand, is seizing this trend with the release of their new portable CD player, the DM13. This device pays homage to iconic players like the Discman but incorporates modern features such as high-fidelity wireless and a built-in battery, eliminating the need for constant AA cell changes. The FiiO DM13 follows the retro reboots of the company’s vinyl record player and (for inexplicable reasons) cassette player. The…

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Bangladesh faces ‘near-total’ internet blackout during student demonstrations

According to AFP, Bangladesh is currently facing a total internet blackout as the government tries to suppress extensive student demonstrations that have led to the deaths of at least 32 individuals. The protests are primarily focused on the nation’s quota system, which mandates that one-third of government positions be set aside for descendants of veterans who fought for Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan in 1971. On Thursday, several thousand protesters in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka had attacked state broadcaster BTV, breaking windows and furniture, setting fire to offices and detaining “several” people…

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Google News 

Google has officially announced the Pixel 9 Pro Fold through a teaser video

Google has officially announced in a teaser video that their upcoming smartphone lineup will feature a new foldable model. The company referred to the Pixel 9 Pro Fold as a “foldable phone designed for the Gemini era” in their promotional tweet, highlighting its gen AI chatbot in the video. Like the regular Pixel 9 Pro, this model also has a noticeable camera bump, with the lenses positioned vertically on one side of the phone, allowing the bump to only take up a portion of the width when the device is…

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While some expect iPhone 16 to draw big sale due to Apple Intelligence, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests otherwise. (Apple Hub) News 

Analyst suggests Apple may not meet high sales expectations for iPhone 16 due to potential limitations of Apple Intelligence feature.

The release of the iPhone 16 is approaching, with many details about the new Apple device already leaked. One of the key features of the iPhone 16 is expected to be the integration of Apple Intelligence, a feature unveiled at WWDC 2024 as part of iOS 18. While Bloomberg anticipates a significant increase in demand and profits for Apple due to the combination of the iPhone 16 and Apple Intelligence, renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a different perspective. What the supplier data indicates Citing recent earnings reports from Apple…

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