Tumblr probably won’t drop its porn ban, but it might be about to loosen it

Tumblr’s post interface. | Photograph: Amelia Krales Tumblr is adding a new filtering feature called “community labels.” Contrary to speculation from some users, Tumblr’s parent company, Automattic, says its broader rules haven’t changed so far — but the feature might lay the groundwork for a more liberal moderation policy. Community labels, announced yesterday, make the site’s moderation tools more granular. Tumblr is asking users to tag posts that depict or reference three categories of content: drug and alcohol addiction, violence “similar to what you might see in an age-restricted movie,” and “sexual themes” including “erotic writing or imagery.” Adding any of them will add a “mature” label to the post.… Read More

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The Try Guys cut ties with Ned Fulmer after Redditors uncover cheating scandal

Ned Fulmer, far left, was a noted wife guy. | Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images for Global Citizen VAX LIVE The Try Guys built a loyal following by pulling stunts on the internet, like baking pies without knowing what they were doing or using devices that simulate the pain of going into labor. But over the last few days, fan pages have been buzzing with rumors that one of the guys was also trying infidelity. Fans on the Try Guys subreddit began to notice that Ned Fulmer, one of four members of the YouTube group, was missing from recent videos and other content. Speculation swirled, and fans exchanged… Read More

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Asus launches massive 17-inch Zenbook with Ryzen 6000

It’s a Zenbook, all right. | Image: Asus If you were intrigued by Asus’ Zenbook 17 Fold OLED but put off by the fact that it, well, folded, there is now a more… normie option for you. Asus has announced the Zenbook Pro 17, a ginormous version of its highly regarded, portable Zenbook line (and the first Zenbook with a 17.3-inch screen). The device starts at $999 and will be available from Asus and Amazon. Ship dates are yet to be announced. That pricing puts it below many of the best-known 17-inchers in the consumer space today. The Dell XPS 17 and LG Gram 17, two of the best-known products… Read More

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Google Play Store and Apple Store adware downloaded millions of times

Almost a hundred apps across the Android and iOS ecosystems have been discovered engaging in advertising fraud, researchers have claimed. The apps, 80 of which were built for Android, and nine for iOS, have more than 13 million downloads between them, and include games, screensavers, camera apps, and more – some with more than a million downloads.  Research from cybersecurity firm HUMAN Security found that by targeting advertising software development kits (SDK), the unknown threat actors were able to compromise these apps for their own personal benefit, in multiple ways: by pretending to be apps they’re not; by rendering ads in places where users wouldn’t be able to see them;… Read More

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Climate Change is Helping to Rapidly Turbocharge Storms Like Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian is quickly gaining monstrous strength as it moves over oceans partly heated up by climate change, just like 30 other Atlantic tropical storms since 2017 that became much more powerful in less than a day. As the world warms, this turbo-charging of storms is likely to become even more frequent, scientists say. After getting 67% stronger in less than 22 hours from Monday to Tuesday, Ian is bearing down on Florida as a likely Category 4 hurricane that threatens to deliver a nightmare storm-surge to Tampa Bay. Ian’s so-called rapid intensification occurred after it traveled over Caribbean waters that are about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius) warmer… Read More

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Apple no longer replacing entire iPad mini 6 just to swap the battery

Enlarge / Apple is willing to actually replace the battery on its newest, smallest iPad, with potentially more to follow, according to a MacRumors report. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) Replacing a battery can be fraught with peril, at least for the iPad. Repair shops and experienced DIY-ers know this, and Apple seems to acknowledge it, usually giving customers seeking battery swaps a new iPad instead. Starting soon, with at least one model, Apple and its repair techs could start actually replacing an iPad’s battery instead of sending it into the refurbishment ether. A report at MacRumors claims that Apple is issuing a new policy for the iPad mini 6 (i.e., the… Read More

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Go get your Netflix gamertag

You can set up your username right from the games tab in the Android app. | Image: Netflix Netflix is officially introducing gamertag-style handles subscribers can use in its mobile games. The company first began rolling out handles that will be shown in multiplayer games and on online leaderboards in some games last month, but in a blog post published Tuesday, Netflix said that users can now set them up on both iOS and Android devices. The process of actually making your handle differs depending on which operating system you use. On Android, in the games tab in Netflix’s navigation bar, you can tap the banner that says “Create your… Read More

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Samsung just launched a credit card – but you probably won’t be able to get one

Samsung is set to launch a new cashback credit card, which offers a 10% discount on its products year-round. However, unfortunately for the majority of our readers, the card is only set to be available in India.  Launched in partnership with India’s Axis Bank and Visa, the Samsung Axis Bank Credit Card will see the South Korean giant go up against the likes of Amazon, which also offer cashback cards aimed at selling their own products. What will consumers get? In addition to the discounts on Samsung products, cardholders will also be able to earn rewards on spending at partner merchants and other perks such as airport lounge access, and… Read More

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The best iPadOS 16 feature is coming to non-M1 iPads

Stage Manager, one of the most fundamental changes to the iPad platform since Apple’s tablet launched more than a decade ago, is now set to come to more iPad Pros than just those running Apple’s latest custom M1 silicon. Apple announced the expanded access for Stage Manager in a brief statement, which TechRadar obtained from an Apple representative, on Tuesday. The company also noted that external display support through M1 iPads “will be available later this year.” It’s been almost five months since Apple unveiled Stage Manager at WWDC 2022 as part of iPadOS 16. Unlike the other platforms unveiled that day, including iOS 16 and watchOS 9, iPadOS 16… Read More

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Nvidia RTX 4090 GPU is already on sale – but you can’t buy one

Nvidia’s RTX 4090 doesn’t hit the shelves until October 12, which is still a couple of weeks away, and yet it seems that at least one person has been able to buy the GPU early. As VideoCardz reports, over in Hong Kong a retailer is selling the Gigabyte RTX 4090, with evidence provided at LikHK (an online forum in Hong Kong, which is essentially like Reddit). This includes photos, and plenty of them, showing the Gigabyte Gaming OC 4090 graphics card in question. Obviously, stay skeptical around any leak like this, but we already know there are flagship GPUs being sent to reviewers – who obviously need to get the… Read More

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Walmart launches ‘metaverse’ experience in Roblox to sell toys to children

Walmart has launched a pair of “immersive experiences” in online gaming platform Roblox. The retailer is presenting the launch as an ambitious move into the metaverse, but the “experiences” — two online worlds dubbed Walmart Land and Walmart’s Universe of Play — are really just ways to advertise toys to children. Roblox may seem trivial, but it has more than 50 million daily active users, two-thirds of which are under the age of 16. That means it’s probably Walmart experimenting with virtual worlds to try and hook this market. Walmart Land and Universe of Play are virtual lobbies. Inside are a variety of minigames and experiences, including a Ferris wheel,… Read More

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GoPro Hero 11 Black Mini: release date, specs and our early thoughts

The GoPro Hero 11 Black Mini is a small action camera made for mounting, particularly on bike and motorbike helmets.  This is a classic use case for GoPro’s action cameras, but they’e arguably become less well suited for this very scenario over the last few generations. Sure, image quality, stabilization and performance have improved, but these cameras also got a whole lot bigger in 2020 with the GoPro Hero 9 Black.  They’ve become a little bulky, and the GoPro Hero 11 Black Mini is here to bring back a dinky style without compromising on performance. It’s also cheaper than the standard Hero 11 Black, although we wouldn’t recommend buying this… Read More

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Google Pixel 7 Pro leak suggests it won’t worry Apple

The iPhone 14 Pro is a much bigger upgrade (Image credit: Future / Lance Ulanoff) Analysis: no threat to the iPhone 14 line Google shook things up with the Just a day ago we saw a full specs leak for the Google Pixel 7, and now the source of that is back with a similarly complete leak for the Google Pixel 7 Pro, but it’s a similarly disappointing one too. Yogesh Brar – a leaker with a solid track record – has tweeted out this specs list, and almost nothing is different from what we saw on the Pixel 6 Pro. The only real difference is the presence of a… Read More

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