Emirates, Air India, and others cancel flights due to AT&T and Verizon’s 5G rollout

Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images Emirates, Air India, ANA, and Japan Airlines have all announced they’re canceling some flights to the US due to this week’s rollout of C-band 5G over concerns it could potentially interfere with some instruments. This comes as cell carriers, federal agencies, airlines, and airplane manufacturers struggle to reach an agreement on policies regarding how the rollout should be handled. Emirates’ announcement is one of the clearest about what’s being canceled. The airline says that it’s “suspending flights to the following US destinations from 19 January 2022 until further notice,” listing Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Miami, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, and Seattle. Emirates… Read More

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Google kills YouTube Originals, its original video content group

Enlarge (credit: YouTube) Variety reports that Google’s original video content group, YouTube Originals, is dead. The YouTube division was founded six years ago to make exclusive, original content for the pay-per-month YouTube Premium service. Now the group is being shuttered, and YouTube’s global head of original content, Susanne Daniels, is leaving the company in March. Just after the news broke, YouTube Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl posted a statement on Twitter: An update on YouTube Originals: pic.twitter.com/PixhgZ2yhU — Robert Kyncl (@rkyncl) January 18, 2022 YouTube is the web’s de facto video site, but the company still consistently works to chase whatever the hot new thing in web video is. YouTube… Read More

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This fake Nintendo site claims to offer huge discounts on Switch consoles

Japanese video game giant Nintendo has warned its customers of the existence of a fake site that claim to offer huge discounts on Nintendo Switch consoles and games. Just like with other fake sites used to trick unsuspecting consumers, this site impersonates Nintendo’s official website and uses the company’s logo to convince users of its legitimacy. At a time when Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X are still hard to find, some gamers have decided to pick up a Nintendo’s hybrid console instead. First released back in 2017, the original Nintendo Switch still retails for $299 while the new Nintendo Switch OLED is available for $349.  As Nintendo’s… Read More

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Microsoft’s Blizzard acquisition could face an inquisition

 What are the odds that on the very day Microsoft announced its $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard Entertainment, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice would announce their joint plan to review merger guidelines? It was a coincidence, but the two departments couldn’t sidestep the serendipity during a virtual press conference on Tuesday where more than one reporter asked how potential changes to antitrust laws could impact such a blockbuster deal. Press conference organizers deemed the acquisition off-topic, and U.S. Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter said “We want to be very clear. We don’t have any comment on any pending or any merger out there – none… Read More

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Microsoft Edge will soon protect users from never-before-seen security bugs

Microsoft Edge has added new security functionality to its upcoming beta version, promising security against unknown zero-day vulnerabilities that malicious actors could be exploiting to distribute malware, ransomware, or other nasties. According to the browser patch release notes, admins will be able to apply the following Group Policies to end-user desktops in Windows, macOS, as well as Linux: EnhanceSecurityMode, EnhanceSecurityModeBypassListDomains, and EnhanceSecurityModeEnforceListDomains. When turned on, the policies bring Hardware-enforced Stack Protection, Arbitrary Code Guard (ACG), and Content Flow Guard (CFG) as supporting security mitigations, Microsoft explained. Auto-fill password protection “These policies also make that important sites and line of business applications continue to work as expected,” the company claims. “This… Read More

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Some Roku smart TVs are now showing banner ads over live TV

Enlarge / A Roku streaming box. It seems these ads aren’t appearing on Roku’s own hardware like this device; instead, they’re appearing on TVs that license Roku’s software platform. Some Roku smart TV owners are seeing banner ads appear over live content, according to a thread on the r/cordcutters subreddit. A user named p3t3or posted the following message: Welp, this is the last time I purchase or recommend a Roku. After a Sleep Number commercial, I just got a Roku ad sidebar while watching live TV. Really loved the Roku experience up until now, but this is a deal breaker. The message was accompanied by the following photo: Read 8… Read More

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Microsoft addresses last week’s buggy Windows Updates that broke VPNs and rebooted servers

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft released an out-of-band (OOB) update yesterday to fix some Windows issues caused by last week’s monthly patching cycle on Patch Tuesday. The January 2022 updates that shipped last week included security patches and a fix for Japanese text appearance issues in Windows 11 (KB5009566) and Windows 10 (KB5009543) — along with a secret payload of issues, including unexpected restarting of Domain Controllers and VPN connections using L2TP failing. One of the major issues that came up during the week for IT admins included finding that Windows Server 2012 became stuck in a boot loop, while other versions suffered broken Windows VPN clients,… Read More

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Alibaba cloud services facing US national security probe

The US government is reportedly reviewing the cloud computing arm of Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba to determine whether or not it poses a risk to national security. As reported by Reuters, the Biden administration launched the probe to find out more about how Alibaba Cloud stores the data of US clients including personal information and intellectual property and to see if the Chinese government could gain access to it. According to people familiar with the matter that spoke to the news outlet, the potential for China to disrupt access to information stored on the company’s cloud computing service is also a concern. Alibaba’s US cloud business is still relatively small… Read More

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AMD could be taking on the RTX 3080 Ti with a Big Navi refresh

An AMD Radeon RX 6000 series refresh may be on the way, a little over a year since the original RDNA 2 graphics cards came out in late 2020. A leak from user Wjm47196 on the Chiphell forums suggests that AMD is planning to release new graphics cards based on Navi 21 and Navi 22 GPUs – the same GPUs that power Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards like the RX 6800 XT – and will allegedly replace the current models.  Most likely, this refresh is in response to Nvidia’s own RTX 3080 Ti or to the upcoming RTX 3090 Ti. The former has a higher memory bandwidth due to the… Read More

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After airline outcry, AT&T and Verizon postpone 5G deployments near some airports [Updated]

Enlarge / American Airline planes sit on the tarmac at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia, on January 15, 2022. (credit: Stefani Reynolds | Getty Images) Update, January 18, 3:50 pm EST: Verizon and AT&T have said they will postpone the launch of their advanced 5G services near certain airports in response to airlines’ threats to cancel flights. From the Financial Times: AT&T said it had voluntarily agreed to “temporarily defer turning on” a limited number of 5G-enabled towers around “certain airport runways” as it provides more information to airlines and regulators, but added it was launching its advanced 5G services elsewhere as planned. Verizon also said… Read More

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Python custodians apologize for “cursed” start to the year

Developers from Python have published three new versions of the programming language, and apologized for the process not going as smoothly as planned. In the release announcement, CPython core developer Łukasz Langa said that all versions were “cursed in some way”, and that developing them was a “bumpy ride”.  However, the Python Software Foundation (PSF) is happy with the end result, and claims to be on route to making Python twice as fast as it used to be. Speeding things up There are now three versions of Python now available – 3.9.x – the “legacy series”, 3.10.x, the latest series of Python 3, and 3.11.x, the version that hints to… Read More

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Sony’s PlayStation Direct initiative will let lucky users buy ‘limited’ PS5 stock

(Image credit: Shutterstock/SolidMaks) PS5 production has been bottlenecked ever since the console’s launch, with demand for the next-gen flagship console far outstripping supply, partly due to the global semiconductor shortage, as well as due to supply chain difficulties associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s not just Sony being affected, however. Microsoft, Apple, Nvidia, and other tech giants have all struggled to fulfill the demand for their latest products, with limited stock and delayed product launches. The result is a market that has largely been dominated by scalpers selling consoles and GPUs at dramatically inflated prices with the help of bot networks to secure consoles seconds after they go on sale.… Read More

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UK fines Mastercard and others for cartel behaviour in pre-paid cards

The UK’s Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) has fined Mastercard and four other companies for “cartel behaviour” in the pre-paid credit card market by agreeing not to poach each others’ customers on cards offered by local authorities.  The cards are used to distribute welfare payments are used by people without a home, victims of domestic abuse, asylum seekers, and other vulnerable individuals.  Mastercard, allpay, Advanced Payment Solutions, Prepaid Financial Services, and Sulion were the companies on the receiving end of the fine. Mastercard got the heftiest punishment and will have to pay £31.6 million, out of a £33 million total.  Zero tolerance “This investigation and the significant fines we have imposed… Read More

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Fortnite’s next update adds adorable monsters and brings back Tilted Towers

The next big update for Fortnite brings back something old and adds something new. As fans have long expected, the snow on the battle royale island has slowly melted, revealing the return of Tilted Towers, an iconic urban area that dates back to Fortnite’s first island. Elsewhere in the v19.10 update is the addition of a new kind of creature: a giant, adorable monster called a Klombo. It looks like something ripped out of How to Train Your Dragon, and developer Epic says that they’re mostly gentle and they appear to add a new way of getting around the map. “Ascend their tails to get to the blowhole on their… Read More

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