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netflix confirms move into video games as its growth slows

Netflix reported its worst slowdown in subscriber growth in eight years as people emerged from their pandemic cocoons. But it has an answer to that: Video games. The streaming giant announced plans to begin adding video games to its existing subscription plans at no extra cost. It didn’t release details except to note that it will initially focus on mobile games. The confirmation of the long-anticipated gaming expansion came in conjunction with the release of the latest Netflix earnings report. That financial breakdown showed the video service added 1.5 million subscribers during the April-June period. That’s slightly better than the modest increase that management forecast after the service stumbled to a sluggish start during the winter months, but still far below its growth rate in recent years. The 5.5 million subscribers that Netflix gained…

4 min
biden: ‘killing people’ remark was call for big tech to act

President Joe Biden tempered his assessment that social media giants are “killing people” by hosting misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines on their platforms, saying that he hoped they would not take it “personally” and instead would act to save lives. While companies like Facebook defend their practices and say they’re helping people around the world access verified information about the shots, the White House says they haven’t done enough to stop misinformation that has helped slow the pace of new vaccinations in the U.S. to a trickle. It comes as the U.S. sees a rise in virus cases and deaths among those who haven’t gotten a shot, in what officials call an emerging “pandemic of the unvaccinated.” Speaking at the White House, Biden insisted he meant “precisely what I said” when he…

2 min
new cybersecurity order issued for us pipeline operators

The Department of Homeland Security announced new requirements for U.S. pipeline operators to bolster cybersecurity following a May ransomware attack that disrupted gas delivery across the East Coast. In a statement, DHS said it would require operators of federally designated critical pipelines to implement “specific mitigation measures” to prevent ransomware attacks and other cyber intrusions. Operators must also implement contingency plans and conduct what the department calls a “cybersecurity architecture design review.” It’s the latest response by the Biden administration to a series of ransomware attacks and intrusions hitting critical U.S. infrastructure and raising fears about American cybersecurity. DHS did not immediately release further details about the guidance, which comes after another directive issued weeks after the May 7 attack on Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline. U.S. agencies also disclosed that Chinese government-linked intruders targeted 23…

2 min
un rights chief alarmed by reported use of powerful spyware

The United Nations’ human rights chief voiced alarm over the reported use of military-grade malware from Israel-based NSO Group to spy on journalists, human rights activists and political dissidents. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet’s comments came after an investigation by a global media consortium based on leaked targeting data provided further evidence of the malware’s use. “Revelations regarding the apparent widespread use of the Pegasus software to spy on journalists, human rights defenders, politicians and others in a variety of countries are extremely alarming, and seem to confirm some of the worst fears about the potential misuse of surveillance technology to illegally undermine people’s human rights,” Bachelet said in a statement released in Geneva. Given that that software and others “enable extremely deep intrusions into people’s devices, resulting in…

6 min
power up take your devices further with accessories

Our iPhones and Apple Watches have come a long way over the past ten years, and today’s devices challenge the performance of top-end PCs and consoles. But whilst Apple offers a range of innovative accessories like AirTags, charging pads, and MagSafe battery packs, it’s worth turning to third-party accessory makers to find unique solutions that could make your devices even smarter. TRANSFORMING YOUR APPLE WATCH Although Apple Watch is the world’s most popular watch, outselling the entire Swiss watch industry, the Cupertino company often comes into criticism in regards to the customization of the wearable, with many preferring the more traditional aesthetics of the Samsung Galaxy Watch, as an example. Indeed, the square watch face has suffered a raft of criticism over the years, so much so that the company has experimented…

1 min
hubble space telescope fixed after month of no science

The Hubble Space Telescope should be back in action soon, following a tricky, remote repair job by NASA. The orbiting observatory went dark in mid-June, with all astronomical viewing halted. NASA initially suspected a 1980s-era computer as the source of the problem. But after the backup payload computer also failed, flight controllers at Maryland’s Goddard Space Flight Center focused on the science instruments’ bigger and more encompassing command and data unit, installed by spacewalking astronauts in 2009. Engineers successfully switched to the backup equipment last week, and the crucial payload computer kicked in. NASA said that science observations should resume quickly, if everything goes well. A similar switch took place in 2008 after part of the older system failed. “Congrats to the team!” NASA’s science mission chief Thomas Zurbuchen tweeted. Launched in 1990, Hubble has made…