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Windows 11 Will Get Taskbar Clocks on Multiple Monitors Soon

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Microsoft has announced Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22509, and it brings with it some much-needed taskbar and start menu improvements, including showing the clock on multiple monitors.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/772072/windows-11-will-get-taskbar-clocks-on-multiple-monitors-soon/
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Microsoft Keeps Making Its Edge Browser Worse for Some Reason

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Microsoft can’t help but undermine itself, it seems. After launching the new Edge browser last year to widespread praise, Microsoft has seemingly done everything possible to ruin it, including imposing unwelcome features and intrusive restrictions.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/microsoft-keeps-making-its-edge-browser-worse-for-some-1848139003
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The Best Smart Thermostats of 2021

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Upgrading to a smart thermostat is a great way to save money on your annual energy bill and automate your home. Choosing the right one for your home, however, isn’t an easy process. Here are our favorite smart thermostats currently on the market.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/765688/best-smart-thermostat/
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Electric car prices could go up before they come down

The secret to affordable electric vehicles is cheaper batteries. But after years of falling prices, battery costs are now headed in the wrong direction.

Why it matters: Costlier batteries could drive up the price of electric vehicles — threatening the auto industry’s transition away from fossil fuels, and, in turn, society’s fight against climate change.


Driving the news: Soaring costs for minerals and other raw materials could push the average price of a lithium-ion battery pack to $135 per kilowatt-hour in 2022, according to researchers at BloombergNEF who specialize in studying the energy transition.

  • The projected 2.3% hike would mark the first price increase in a decade.

What they’re saying: “This creates a tough environment for automakers, particularly those in Europe, which have to increase EV sales in order to meet average fleet emissions standards,” says James Frith, BNEF’s head of energy storage research, per Bloomberg.

  • “These automakers may now have to make a choice between reducing their margins or passing costs on, at the risk of putting consumers off purchasing an EV.”

What’s happening: Electric vehicles are about to flood dealer showrooms.

  • Last year, there were just 24 EV models for sale in the U.S.
  • By 2025, consumers will have 146 EV models to choose from, according to IHS Markit’s forecast.

Yes, but: High sticker prices, along with worries about the availability of charging stations, are still obstacles to public acceptance.

  • Automakers have responded by introducing cars with a longer driving range — which requires a larger battery.

Where it stands: Battery pack prices have been falling steadily since at least 2010, when the average cost was $1,200 per kilowatt-hour.

  • The latest data shows battery prices fell another 6% from last year, to $132 per kilowatt-hour.
  • The industry has been aiming for $100 per kilowatt-hour, which would put the purchase price of an EV on par with their gasoline counterparts.

What to watch: BloombergNEF says that $100 target is still possible by 2024 but could take a few years longer because of the higher commodity prices.

Source: https://www.axios.com/electric-car-prices-could-go-up-before-they-come-down-5161838d-ce24-4303-9a05-6a81f95fbe43.html
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5 Websites Every Linux User Should Bookmark

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There’s no shortage of Linux websites hyping the trendiest distributions (distros) and dishing on the latest developer drama. To help you cut through the noise, we’ve curated a few sites worth your time that offer relevant news, useful information, or both.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/757192/websites-every-linux-user-should-bookmark/
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Elon Musk warns Starship engines could bankrupt SpaceX

SpaceX faces a “genuine risk of bankruptcy” if Starship can’t fly once every two weeks in 2022, Elon Musk has warned employees, blaming rocket engine production challenges and management crisis for the surprise ultimatum. Starship is set not only to take NASA’s Artemis mission to the Moon later this decade and, beyond that, missions to Mars, in addition to being … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/elon-musk-warns-starship-engines-could-bankrupt-spacex-30700809/
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How Android Banking Trojans Are Slipping Past Google Play’s Defenses

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In what is a grim reminder to be careful what you install, a new bunch of Android apps have been downloaded more than 300,000 times and are stealing bank account information and draining accounts.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/771654/how-android-banking-trojans-are-slipping-past-google-plays-defenses/
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Twitter bans sharing ‘private’ images and videos without consent

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Twitter has expanded its private information policy to include media, banning users from sharing photos or videos of a private individual without their permission. The company notes that tweeting such images can violate someone’s privacy and potentially lead to harm against them.

Beginning today, we will not allow the sharing of private media, such as images or videos of private individuals without their consent. Publishing people’s private info is also prohibited under the policy, as is threatening or incentivizing others to do so.https://t.co/7EXvXdwegG

— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) November 30, 2021

The Twitter Safety team wrote in a blog post that although anyone can be impacted by private media being shared, it “can have a disproportionate effect on women, activists, dissidents and members of minority communities.” If someone reports a photo or video that violates the policy, Twitter will remove the media and take action based on its enforcement options. Those include downranking the visibility of the tweet in replies and search results or telling the person who posted it to delete the tweet. Twitter also has the right to permanently suspend users who violate the policy.

There are some exceptions to the policy. It doesn’t cover private media of public figures or others if a photo or video, and the text in the tweet, “are shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.” In other words, if it’s newsworthy, Twitter may allow the media to remain on the platform. The company will consider factors such as whether the images are available elsewhere, such as on TV or in newspapers.

That said, if the goal of sharing private photos or videos of public figures “or individuals who are part of public conversations is to harass, intimidate or use fear to silence them,” Twitter might remove the media. The abusive behavior and non-consensual nudity (i.e. revenge porn) policies still apply.

Twitter has long banned sharing private information about other people, such as addresses, phone numbers, ID or financial information (in other words, doxing someone). It also doesn’t allow users to intimidate others by threatening to release such details. The company says it will start enforcing the private image rule today and that the new measure is part of its work to bring its safety policies in line with human rights standards.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/twitter-private-photos-videos-personal-information-privacy-145228097.html?src=rss
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