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'I need my girlfriend off TikTok': How hackers game abuse-reporting systems

One hundred and forty-seven dollar signs fill the opening lines of the computer program. Rendered in an icy blue against a matte black background, each "$" has been carefully placed so that, all together, they spell out a name: "H4xton."

It's a signature of sorts, and not a subtle one. Actual code doesn't show up until a third of the way down ...Read more

Tech Q&A: Why a game freezes on Chrome and Edge, but not Firefox

Q: I'm having trouble with an online Bridge card game that runs in the browser of my Windows 10 Pro PC. I used Google Chrome for a long time without problems, but now Bridge freezes at the point in the game where I "bid." The same thing happens with the Microsoft Edge browser. For some reason, the Bridge program works when I use the Mozilla ...Read more


Stellantis, Foxconn to develop chips as carmaker seeks software revenue

The maker of Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks said Tuesday it will partner with iPhone contract manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group to design purpose-built semiconductors to support Stellantis NV and other customers as the transatlantic automaker expects to earn $22.5 billion (20 billion euro) in revenue from software-enabled product offerings ...Read more


Qualcomm dives into handheld gaming, powering new device in partnership with Razer

What new bells and whistles might be coming to top-tier Android smartphones next year?

Qualcomm, whose mobile processors power some 2 billion handsets worldwide, gave a few hints this week at its annual Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii.

The San Diego company introduced technologies that deliver faster 5G and Wi-Fi, crisper photos, always-on cameras...Read more

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Jim Rossman: Your gift-giving guide to finding value among this year’s cellphone, charger and earbud choices

With holiday gift-giving top of mind, I’ll be devoting this space for the next several weeks to different technology themes. Let’s lead off with one shopping season’s hottest gifts — new cellphones and accessories.

It doesn’t matter if you use an iPhone or Android phone, there are good handsets to be had in all price ranges. And ...Read more

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11 defining moments in Jack Dorsey’s rise and fall at Twitter

Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey changed the world, 140 characters at a time. The social media platform helped people in all corners of the globe communicate in a public forum.

With Dorsey stepping down from his role, here’s a look at how he got there.

1999: Dorsey quits New York University and moves to California to start an online ...Read more


8 holiday gift ideas that will make gamers of all types happy

One of the daunting challenges when buying gifts for gamers are the scores of options and the equal number of uncertainties. Dozens of games have been released in the past year and it’s tough to know which ones are good or if a player has one already.

Moving beyond releases, gift-givers can turn to peripherals that have become popular over ...Read more


'Shin Megami Tensei V' makes every decision count: review

In a word, it is unforgiving. And I like this about "Shin Megami Tensei V." Too many JRPGs hold your hand early on, letting you grow comfortable in the face of an oncoming world event. Atlus’ latest title, however, does next to none of that.

If you’ve been searching for an ultra-challenging yet still-satisfying JRPG to help you wrap up ...Read more


CNET: Holiday gift guide 2021: Best tech gifts for $100 or less

If you're looking for the best holiday gifts under $100 without resorting to a scarf, coffee mug or gift card, you'll find a meaningful and thoughtful gift among our picks, including tech gear for gamers, tech that blends seamlessly with home decor and even some items that may just help soothe your aching muscles. You can treat this as your ...Read more


Gadgets: Xplora X5 Play smartwatch offers impressive safety features for kids

Xplora's X5 Play is a perfect way to introduce children to the world of smartwatches without breaking the bank. The wearable doesn't have direct internet access, but it is packed with features, including critical safety components.

It runs off Android OS with a Qualcomm chipset, is waterproof with IP68 water-resistant rating, and has an 800 ...Read more

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Scientists find 200,000-year-old remains of one of modern humanity's 'most recent ancestors'

Our relatives were found, just in time for the holidays.

The 200,000-year-old remains of a close kin to modern humans have been discovered in a cave in Siberia, Russia, according to a new study published last Thursday in the Nature, Ecology & Evolution journal.

The Denisovans — “a sister population to the Neanderthals” — were ...Read more

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Square changes name to Block in nod to new businesses

Square Inc. is changing its corporate name to Block Inc., signaling a push beyond the company’s main sales and payments products into businesses like music, cash transfers and the blockchain.

The company, co-founded and run by cryptocurrency enthusiast Jack Dorsey, will continue to call its seller product Square, and the new corporate ...Read more


What is the metaverse? A tech CEO who is helping build it explains

Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, got a lot of attention when it renamed itself to reflect its focus on the "metaverse." But Meta is hardly the only firm building the immersive digital world that could be the next big thing on the internet. One is based in Philadelphia.

Cesium, a software company, provides a platform to create ...Read more

Honeywell spins off Minnesota-grown quantum-computing division into new company, Quantinuum

One of the world's most powerful quantum computers sits in Golden Valley, where Honeywell has spent more than a decade building what it considers the next big thing in technology.

"This is like being at the beginning of the internet, or the beginning of classical computing and Minnesota has been at the forefront," said Tony Uttley, president of...Read more

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Tech Q&A: Spam still plagues us, but here are some precautions to take

Spam is still making people mad — and perplexed.

Joe Shikonya of La Crosse, Wisconsin, wonders if he should change his e-mail address to avoid junk e-mail, or spam. And is there some way to track down the people who send it?

Dennis Volz of Parker, Colorado, wonders how someone could send spam to a secondary e-mail account that he hasn't even...Read more

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Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO, replaced by CTO Parag Agrawal

Jack Dorsey is stepping down as chief executive officer of Twitter Inc., handing over control of the microblogging site he founded and helped build into a global communications platform that, despite being widely used, has struggled to keep up with its social media peers.

Chief Technology Officer Parag Agrawal, who joined Twitter in 2011, was ...Read more

Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO, replaced by CTO Parag Agrawal

Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and chief executive officer of Twitter Inc., is stepping down from the helm of the social network, ceding the position to Chief Technology Officer Parag Agrawal.

Dorsey will stay on the board of the San Francisco-based company until his term expires in 2022, Twitter said in a statement Monday. Agrawal, who became CTO...Read more


Preview: ‘Disney Melee Mania’ aims to broaden the appeal of the MOBA genre

Mighty Bear Games simplifies the concept of a multiplayer online battle arena and makes it easy for anyone to pick up

Mighty Bear Games has a way of taking popular genres and making it accessible to a wide audience. The developer did that with the battle royale category made popular by “Fortnite” by turning it into a family-friendly food ...Read more


CNET: Stop package theft now: These smart home devices can protect your deliveries

As deliveries begin to roll in ahead of the holiday season, it's prime time for porch pirates to swipe unprotected packages off of doorsteps. A number of strategies can foil their evil plans, and bringing a few smart home gadgets into play is high on the list.

Americans are estimated to spend $63 billion online for holiday shopping this ...Read more


Gadgets: Soundcore's Liberty 3 Pro true wireless noise-canceling earbuds a great choice for your holiday gift list

True wireless earbuds are undoubtedly going to be a popular item on this year's holiday gift lists. Soundcore's Liberty 3 Pro true wireless noise-canceling earbuds are a great choice for that list.

The earbuds can be customized, which is fun to do, but right out of the box the sound is great with a nice clear audio, the right amount of bass, ...Read more