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Nigeria Fines Meta $220 Million For Violating Consumer, Data Laws

Nigeria fined Meta for $220 million on Friday, alleging the tech giant violated the country’s local consumer, data protection and privacy laws. Reuters reports: Nigeria’s Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) said Meta appropriated the data of Nigerian users on its platforms without their consent, abused its market dominance by forcing exploitative privacy policies

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Today’s tech outage was a warning; here’s how to be ready and avoid the chaos next time

Credit: Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority Earlier today, countless Windows users were thrown into chaos as their screens turned blue and their systems came to a grinding halt. The culprit? A glitch caused by a routine update from CrowdStrike, one of the world’s largest cybersecurity firms. Nobody knew to look out for it, nor was

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‘Halo’ Canceled at Paramount+ After Two Seasons

Master Chief has fought his last battle at Paramount+. The streamer has canceled its video game adaptation Halo after two seasons. The show originally debuted in 2022. From a report: The series, based on the Xbox franchise and starring Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief John-117, finished its second season in March. “We are extremely proud

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OpenAI Dropped From First Ever AI Programming Copyright Lawsuit

OpenAI escaped a copyright lawsuit from a group of open-source programmers after they voluntarily dismissed their case against the company in federal court. From a report: The programmers, who allege the generative AI programming tool Copilot was trained on their code without proper attribution, filed their notice of voluntary dismissal Thursday, but will still have

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Just look at this huge flip phone screen

The Xiaomi Mix Flip features a 4.01 inch cover screen. | Image: Xiaomi Xiaomi has announced two new folding phones for the Chinese market. The upgraded Mix Fold 4, which introduces water resistance for the first time, and the Mix Flip, the company’s first flip phone foldable featuring a 4.01-inch cover screen surrounded by a

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ChatGPT’s free tier just got its biggest upgrade since 2022 with GPT-4o mini

Credit: Calvin Wankhede / Android Authority OpenAI has unveiled GPT-4o mini, a scaled back model variant based on GPT-4o. The new model is smarter, more knowledgeable, and cheaper than GPT-3.5 Turbo. Free ChatGPT users stand to benefit the most as ChatGPT will now use the GPT-4o mini model instead of GPT-3.5 Turbo. Ever since ChatGPT’s

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Samsung halts Galaxy Buds 3 Pro shipments over quality issues

Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge Samsung has temporarily stopped shipping its new Galaxy Buds 3 Pro to retailers following complaints about quality control. Early customers who received the wireless earbuds ahead of its wider July 24th release reported that the ear tips were fragile, and prone to breaking when removed. The pause was

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Microsoft Global Outage: CrowdStrike Says Fix Deployed For Faulty Update

A faulty update from the U.S.-based cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike caused a massive outage for Microsoft Windows-based desktops and laptops around the world on Friday. Massive Microsoft outage hits flights, banks, stock exchanges, broadcasters The issue is related to CrowdStrike’s Falcon Sensor, a software designed to prevent computer systems from cyber-attacks, which broke PCs running Windows,

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Microsoft’s massive outage now hits Apple Pay terminals worldwide

A catastrophic Microsoft outage has taken down Windows systems across the globe, but while no Apple systems are affected, some stores are unable to use their terminals to accept Apple Pay. An unknown number of Apple Pay terminals are affected by the Microsoft outage worldwide While the failure is confined to Windows systems, it’s significantly

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Laurene Powell Jobs pays $70 million to break San Francisco house price record

Businesswoman and philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs has bought a 100-year-old mansion in San Francisco’s Billionaires Row, spending $70 million on the 17,300-square-foot home. Laurene Powell Jobs speaking at a Recode event (Source: Recode) Powell Jobs, widow of Steve Jobs, is known for running the Emerson Collective, launching the Steve Jobs Archive, and also for buying

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Samsung temporarily halts Galaxy Buds 3 Pro sales, says sorry for quality issues

Credit: C. Scott Brown / Android Authority Samsung has apparently pulled the Galaxy Buds 3 Pro earbuds from sale due to quality control issues. The shipping date has been pushed back on Samsung’s website, while Amazon’s listing is missing altogether. Samsung Korea has issued a statement apologizing for any quality issues. Samsung just launched its

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Mechanical Keyboard + Laptop = Clacktop

What do you do when your laptop keyboard breaks for the second time? Well, most people might use an external keyboard until they couldn’t take it anymore and bought a new machine. But [Marcin Plaza] isn’t most people. It took more than twelve hours of CAD, but [Marcin] redesigned the case to be at least

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The best Oura Ring alternatives

Credit: Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority Oura’s reign as the best smart ring available has been long and well-deserved. For some time, the company’s wearable remained the only true competitor. However, things have heated up in the arena with more options than ever for shoppers to consider. If you do not want an Oura Ring but are

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It May Soon Be Legal To Jailbreak AI To Expose How It Works

An anonymous reader quotes a report from 404 Media: A group of researchers, academics, and hackers are trying to make it easier to break AI companies’ terms of service to conduct “good faith research” that exposes biases, inaccuracies, and training data without fear of being sued. The U.S. government is currently considering an exemption to

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FBI Used New Cellebrite Software To Crack Trump Shooter’s Phone

The FBI was given access to unreleased technology to access the phone of the man identified as the shooter of former President Donald Trump, Bloomberg reported late Thursday, citing people familiar with the investigation. From the report: As the FBI struggled to gain access on Sunday morning to the phone, they appealed directly to Cellebrite,

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Founder of Fandango Dies After Plunge From Manhattan Hotel

J. Michael Cline, the co-founder of Fandango, died from suicide this week after falling from the twentieth floor of a Manhattan hotel. The New York Times reports: Mr. Cline, who was 64, co-founded Fandango in 2000 and left the company in 2011, according to his LinkedIn profile. The company — familiar to many from its

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Founder of Fandango Dies After Plunge From Manhattan Hotel

J. Michael Cline, the co-founder of Fandango, died from suicide this week after falling from the twentieth floor of a Manhattan hotel. The New York Times reports: Mr. Cline, who was 64, co-founded Fandango in 2000 and left the company in 2011, according to his LinkedIn profile. The company — familiar to many from its

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