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Microsoft tests content filters for Xbox messages

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links The gaming community can be ruthless and often outright abusive. In an attempt to make Xbox more welcoming and inclusive, Microsoft is introducing new content filters. Beginning today, Xbox Insiders can select one of four filters that will automatically block abusive and offensive messages. The filters include four levels: friendly, […]

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Google teams up with Yubico to build a USB-C Titan Security Key

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Google Google has a new security tool will appeal to people with a lot of USB-C devices. On Monday, the company announced a new version of its Titan Security Key that features a USB-C connector, and you’ll be able to buy the accessory starting tomorrow for $40 from the Google […]

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Alex Garland’s ‘Devs’ explores free will in the age of predictive computing

Engadget RSS Feed Alex Garland deconstructed the Turing test with Ex Machina, and tormented our psyches with a horrifying alien invasion in Annihilation. Now he’s tackling free will versus a deterministic universe in Devs. And instead of trying to cram all that philosophy into a two-hour film (that might not even see theatrical release), Devs […]

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Apple removes Hong Kong protest app following Chinese pressure

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Tyrone Siu / Reuters Apple’s complex relationship with China has made the headlines again. Just a day after Chinese state media criticized the company for allowing HKmap in its App Store — and a week after Apple flip flopped on its initial decision to delist the app — the crowdsourced […]

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FISA court: FBI use of NSA’s electronic surveillance data was illegal

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links krblokhin via Getty Images A US court ruled that some of the FBI’s electronic surveillance activities violated the constitutional privacy rights of Americans. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) deemed that FBI officials improperly searched a National Security Agency (NSA) intelligence database for info on Americans. The ruling was made […]

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Instagram is helping users avoid phishing scams

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links The tech-literate might think we’re impervious to phishing scams, but even the best of us get fooled once in a while. Fraudsters are constantly getting better at using email to impersonate friends, coworkers and big brands to obtain people’s personal information and passwords. As a measure against these cons, Instagram‘s […]

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California cracks down on political and pornographic deepfakes

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS Deepfake videos can be fun, but not when it comes to politcs and pornography. Now, the state of California is doing something about it with two new bills signed into law last week by Governor Gavin Newsom. The first makes it illegal to post any manipulated videos that […]

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Russian hackers modify Chrome and Firefox to track secure web traffic

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links AP Photo/Mark Lennihan Many hackers won’t touch web browsers beyond exploiting their vulnerabilities, but one group is taking things one step further. Kaspersky has detailed attempts by a Russian group, Turla, to fingerprint TLS-encrypted web traffic by modifying Chrome and Firefox. The team first infects systems with a remote access […]

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Microsoft: Iranian cyberattack targeted a US presidential campaign

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili Iran has apparently been engaged in a large-scale cyberattack bent on compromising American politics. Microsoft reported that Phosphorous, a known group it believes is linked to the Iranian government, attacked 241 email accounts in a 30-day period between August and September, including those for a US presidential […]

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Chrome will block HTTP content from loading on secure sites

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links In a move to improve user privacy and security, Google is simplifying its browser security settings. In a blog post, the Chrome security team said https:// pages will only be able to load secure (https://) subresources. The change won’t happen overnight, but in a series of gradual steps. According to […]

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