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Disconcerningly realistic bread lamp

“Please do not eat it!” implores the product description for East Fork’s Bread Lamp. “This is a light, not a snack!” [↬ Audible]

– These are actual lights made of actual, real, honest-to-goodness bread, coated in resin—the world’s a weird and scary place, but this?

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Rockstar apologizes for broken GTA remasters and pledges to fix bugs

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Rockstar Games has apologized for the shoddy quality of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition. It plans to fix “the unexpected technical issues” and improve the three games in the collection.

“We want to sincerely apologize to everyone who has encountered issues playing these games,” the publisher said. “The updated versions of these classic games did not launch in a state that meets our own standards of quality, or the standards our fans have come to expect.” The first update is scheduled to arrive in the coming days and it will “address a number of issues.”

An update regarding the unexpected technical issues with Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition. https://t.co/YP4pkOLQmGpic.twitter.com/AsfYPuMI0d

— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) November 19, 2021

It didn’t take long for players to start sharing clips of bugs and glitches on social media after the remastered collection of GTA III, GTA: Vice City and GTA: San Andreas arrived last week. Digital Foundry took a deep dive into GTA III and found there were “issues that are so blatant and jarring and ridiculous, it’s hard to understand how the game made its way through quality control.”

What’s more, Rockstar pulled the PC version of the bundle soon after launch to “remove some data files that were unintentionally included in the new versions of these games” (those are believed to include files related to the infamous San Andreas “Hot Coffee” mod). The collection was available to buy again a few days later. Rockstar Launcher services were unavailable for over a day too, making the collection and the PC versions of Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online unplayable during that time.

Soon after Rockstar announced the release date for the trilogy in October, it removed the original versions the games from digital storefronts. Now, the classic versions of GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas are returning to PC as a bundle on the Rockstar Store. Players who buy the remastered trilogy on PC by June 30th will receive the originals at no extra cost.

Meanwhile, Rockstar has asked everyone to refrain from attacking developers on social media. “We would kindly ask our community to please maintain a respectful and civil discourse around this release as we work through these issues,” it said. Grove Street Games, which is behind ports of several other Rockstar titles, worked on these remasters.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/gta-trilogy-patch-remaster-rockstar-games-195157534.html?src=rss
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Tesla app outage locked some owners out of their cars

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Tesla’s app server went down a few hours ago, leading to a worldwide app outage that left owners unable to connect to their cars. For those who’ve been mostly dependent on their phones instead of their keycards, that means being locked out of their vehicles. Electrek first reported the issue after receiving complaints from Tesla owners on Friday night, and for a while it seemed like the problem only affected drivers in North America. But then, an owner from Seoul, South Korea tweeted at Elon Musk about getting a server error on their app, to which the Tesla CEO replied that he’s “checking” it out.

Checking …

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2021

Other tweets show owners calling for roadside assistance and delaying their plans for the night. The outage came shortly after the automaker rolled out an update to its application, which Electrek said includes a feature that Tesla had issues implementing. It’s unclear if that was connected to the outage, since Musk has yet to follow up on his initial response. Regardless, it looks like the outage is starting to get resolved. Downdetector received as many as 543 reports a few hours ago, but now they’re down to less than a hundred. 

Being locked out of vehicles could be an ongoing problem as automakers move to cloud services and increase reliance on smartphone apps. As this situation showed, however, it’s still wise to carry around a keycard/keyfob as backup just in case.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/tesla-app-outage-locked-owners-out-025004678.html?src=rss
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Privacy-Protective Internet Browser Tor Is Running Low on Servers

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The Tor browser, arguably the best privacy-protective internet browser available for most people, is running low on bridge servers. The decline in servers affects the browser’s ability to combat censorship and provide a gateway to the open internet in places where governments and other entities tightly control access…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/privacy-protective-internet-browser-tor-is-running-low-1848095632
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Android May Soon Translate iMessage Reactions Into Emoji for Green Bubbles

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If you have an Android phone, you’re probably used to seeing a line from an iPhone-using friend or family member that they’ve “emphasized” your previous message. What does that even mean? In iMessage speak, that’s a double exclamation mark, or the ‼ emoji.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/android-may-soon-translate-imessage-reactions-into-emoj-1848091358
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The 2023 Fisker Ocean learned from old EV mistakes

Fisker has revealed its “production intent” Ocean all-electric SUV, bringing the sub-$40k EV to the LA Auto Show 2021 after several years of promises. The base 2023 Ocean Sport will have more than 250 miles of range, the automaker says, ramping up to more than 350 miles in the Ocean Extreme trim, though production isn’t expected to kick off for … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/the-2023-fisker-ocean-learned-from-old-ev-mistakes-17699670/
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The Best Tech Gifts for Music Lovers for Holiday 2021

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Everyone loves music, but some people love it just a little bit more. For those people, a musical gift around the holidays just makes sense. All of these techy gifts are sure to put a smile on their face and make them want to play their favorite tunes immediately.

Whether your recipient loves to listen to music privately from the comforts of their home or at concerts where they can jam out with other people, we’ve got music lovers of all varieties covered on this list. And really, everyone loves music, so most people on Earth would appreciate any of these gifts.

Experience Top-Quality Noise-Cancellation: Sony WH-1000XM4

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Anyone who loves music needs a good pair of headphones or earbuds. Sony’s 1000XM4 headphones are just beautiful, to say the least. They have noise-canceling technology built-in that works amazingly with five built-in microphones and dual sensors. And although they shine when playing your favorite song, they also sound great during voice calls (and they’ll make you sound great, too).

On a full charge, Sony’s latest headphones last up to 30 hours. And if you forget to charge them and you’re in a rush, it only takes about 10 minutes worth of charging to give you five hours of playback. With a few other cool features, like wearing detection that pauses playback when you take off the headphones, these headphones are easily one of the best in the biz right now.

Experience Top-Quality Noise-Cancellation

Sony WH-1000XM4


These headphones sound amazing and have top-tier noise-cancellation technology built-in so you can tune out the world when you want.

Amazon

$348.00

For More Discreet Listening: Jabra Elite 85t

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If the person you’re buying for this holiday season tends to listen to music on the go, earbuds might be a better choice than headphones. They’re more discreet. And it’s easy to slip one earbud in while leaving your other ear free if you want to stay in touch with the world around you. Jabra’s Elite 85t earbuds have advanced ANC technology, so you can tune the world out and focus on your favorite songs.

They also come with six-microphone call technology and wind protection, which means that you can take a phone call pretty much anywhere and sound great to the person on the other end. With both the earbuds and the charging case fully charged, you can expect up to 25 hours of use; the earbuds will last up to 5.5 hours, and the case about 19.5. When ANC is in use, the earbuds will last for about five and a half hours before needing to be charged by the Qi-certified charging case.

If you’re feeling like splurging on someone, give them Sony’s WF-1000XM4 earbuds. They’re quite a bit pricier, but your recipient will notice the premium difference. Plus, they boast longer battery life, amazing ANC technology, and a more responsive and clear sound overall.

For More Discreet Listening

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On top of being portable, Jabra’s Elite 85t earbuds sound pretty dang good with their advanced ANC tech.

Amazon

$149.99
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Stay Caught Up With New Music: Spotify Premium Gift Card

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Music lovers obviously need music to listen to. What better way to make sure they always have access to the newest singles and albums from their favorite artists than with a Spotify Premium gift card! You can buy someone a full year’s worth of Spotify Premium, giving them ad-free and nonstop listening to tons of artists, big and small or old and new alike.

Plus, Spotify is home to quite a few awesome podcasts. A Spotify Premium membership might not get you ad-free versions of all podcasts because there are often pre-recorded ads, but you’ll have extra stuff to listen to when music gets boring (even though that’ll probably never happen).

A Bluetooth Speaker You Can Take Anywhere: JBL FLIP 5

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A quality Bluetooth speaker that you can take with you anywhere is a must. The Flip 5 from JBL has awesome sound quality and on a full charge, it’ll give you up to 12 hours of playtime. Plus, it has an IPX7 rating for water resistance, so you can take it with you to the pool or the beach without having to worry about it getting ruined by a splash.

And if you have multiple JBL speakers, you can pair them together with the party boost feature via the JBL Portable app (Android/iOS). This is a fun option to have, but this speaker alone is more than powerful enough to fill a room or blast tunes out in the open.

If the person you’re buying for doesn’t need a waterproof speaker but is maybe just looking for a water-resistant speaker to fuel their shower singing, check out the Bose SoundLink Color II.

A Bluetooth Speaker You Can Take Anywhere

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A quality Bluetooth speaker is necessary in life, and JBL’s Flip 5 is great for at-home listening or portable listening.

Amazon

$129.95

An Impressive Stereo System: LG CM4590 XBOOM

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Stereo systems are an underrated buy for your home. People typically purchase simple Bluetooth speakers or smart speakers to blast music, but a stereo system offers more power and stronger, clearer sound. LG’s CM4590 system can pump out 700 watts of quality audio via Bluetooth, a USB connection, or a CD.

There’s even an Auto DJ feature that almost eliminates gaps between songs, so if you’re having a party, there won’t be any awkward silent lulls. Whether this stereo system is going in the living room to enhance TV audio or next to your computer to enhance game audio, LG’s system will easily impress.

If you want a stereo system that requires less overall wattage and is ever-so-slightly more affordable than LG’s system, check out PHILIPS FX10 stereo system. It comes with all the same connection options, including Bluetooth, USB, and a CD player.

An Impressive Stereo System

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If you want your TV or game audio to have a little more oomph, invest in a stereo system for your home like this awesome one from LG.

Amazon

$196.99

For Concert Lovers: StubHub Gift Card

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For anyone who loves the experience of going to concerts in person and going home with a sore voice, ringing ears, and a wide smile on their face, try out a StubHub gift card. There’s just something magical about going to see your favorite artists perform live and coming together with other fans of their music.

And what’s awesome about StubHub gift cards is that there’s a wide range of dollar amounts to choose from. So whether you want to treat someone to a discount off their next ticket or enough to cover a few concert tickets for free, you’ve got the choice. Gift cards range from $25 to $1000.

For Concert Lovers

StubHub Gift Card


Anyone who loves to go to concerts will appreciate a StubHub gift card to support their habit.

Listen to Concerts in Comfort: Loop Experience

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Concerts are awesome, but that ringing feeling in your ears afterwards isn’t. And while traditional ear plugs can protect your ears from that, they’re not the best option because they can often reduce too much sound. Enter: Loop Experience ear plugs.

These hi-fidelity, noise-reducing ear plugs reduce decibel levels without reducing sound quality. So you can put these bad boys in during a concert and still hear everything clearly, from the songs played on stage to the people talking right next to you.

Listen to Concerts in Comfort

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Concerts can be even better with Loop Experience’s noise-reducing ear plugs; you don’t have to go home with ringing ears anymore. Score!

Amazon

$29.95

Throw It Back with a Vinyl Turntable: U-Turn Orbit Basic

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Vinyl turntables are all the rage nowadays, for music aficionados and the average collector who doesn’t want to bother with CDs anymore. U-Turn’s Orbit Basic turntable has a Precision OA2 gimbal tonearm that helps combat distortion and a pre-calibrated cartridge that makes setup simple.

This turntable strikes the perfect balance between price and sound quality. Sure, there are plenty of other turntables out there that might be better overall, but they probably cost a lot more. It’s a terrific value. If you do have a bigger budget, however, check out Audio-Technica’s AT-LP120XBT-USB turntable. It’s absolutely worth the extra cost if you can spring for it.

Throw It Back With a Vinyl Turntable

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CDs may be going out of style, but vinyl is coming back into style, so give someone the gift of a sleek vinyl turntable.

Get Fresh Vinyl Every Month: Vinyl Me, Please Subscription

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If you love playing vinyl records, why not grow your collection every month with a vinyl subscription? Vinyl Me, Please is one of the most popular vinyl subscription services out there, and for good reason.

There are currently four different Tracks, or subscription packages, to choose from, including Classics, Essentials, Hip-Hop, and Country. The Classics Track focuses on the best soul, blues, and jazz; Essentials includes must-have records across all genres and eras; Hip-Hop covers a combo of old school rap and new SoundCloud rap; and Country delivers both country classics and today’s top hits in the genre.

Though if you choose a Track and don’t like the vinyl record offered that month, you can change Tracks or swap it out with a different record that’s more up your alley.

Get Fresh Vinyl Every Month

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription


To support someone’s constantly growing collection of vinyl records, gift them a subscription to Vinyl Me, Please.

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/102960/the-best-tech-gifts-for-music-lovers/
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Finally: Windows 10 Won’t Get Big Updates Every Six Months

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With Windows 11, Microsoft realized that significant updates every six months are too frequent, so the company switched to annual updates. The company is officially switching to the same update schedule for Windows 10, so you won’t get underwhelming feature updates as often.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/769318/finally-windows-10-wont-get-big-updates-every-six-months/
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Linux has a serious security problem that once again enables DNS cache poisoning

Linux has a serious security problem that once again enables DNS cache poisoning

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As much as 38 percent of the Internet’s domain name lookup servers are vulnerable to a new attack that allows hackers to send victims to maliciously spoofed addresses masquerading as legitimate domains, like bankofamerica.com or gmail.com.

The exploit, unveiled in research presented today, revives the DNS cache-poisoning attack that researcher Dan Kaminsky disclosed in 2008. He showed that, by masquerading as an authoritative DNS server and using it to flood a DNS resolver with fake lookup results for a trusted domain, an attacker could poison the resolver cache with the spoofed IP address. From then on, anyone relying on the same resolver would be diverted to the same imposter site.

A lack of entropy

The sleight of hand worked because DNS at the time relied on a transaction ID to prove the IP number returned came from an authoritative server rather than an imposter server attempting to send people to a malicious site. The transaction number had only 16 bits, which meant that there were only 65,536 possible transaction IDs.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/11/dan-kaminskys-dns-cache-poisoning-attack-is-back-from-the-dead-again/
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