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Sony: Would-be PlayStation 5 buyers “should have a much easier time” now

Enlarge / The PlayStation 5. In a blog post published on Monday, Sony hardware VP Isabelle Tomatis announced that there is now an "increased supply" of PlayStation 5 game consoles after more than two years of shortages. "If you’re looking to purchase a PS5 console, you should now have a much easier time finding one at retailers globally,"...

GitHub says hackers cloned code-signing certificates in breached repository

Enlarge GitHub said unknown intruders gained unauthorized access to some of its code repositories and stole code-signing certificates for two of its desktop applications: Desktop and Atom. Code-signing certificates place a cryptographic stamp on code to verify it was developed by the listed organization, which in this case is GitHub....

MusicLM: Google AI generates music in various genres at 24 kHz

Enlarge / An AI-generated image of an exploding ball of music. (credit: Ars Technica) On Thursday, researchers from Google announced a new generative AI model called MusicLM that can create 24 KHz musical audio from text descriptions, such as "a calming violin melody backed by a distorted guitar riff." It can also transform a hummed...

Man wanted for attempted murder is using dating apps while on the run, cops say

Enlarge (credit: NurPhoto / Contributor | NurPhoto) Dating apps are helping an attempted murderer evade capture in Oregon, the Grants Pass Police Department warned last week after the suspect escaped arrest. The accused 36-year-old man, Benjamin Obadiah Foster, allegedly received assistance from a 68-year-old woman named Tina Marie...

Charter settles with family of murder victim, says insurance will cover it

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Tony Webster) Charter Communications was once on the hook for over $7 billion in a case involving a former cable technician who murdered an elderly customer in her home. But Charter is now on the verge of settling the lawsuit for less than $262 million, an amount that will apparently be fully covered...

COVID is still a global health emergency, but end may be near, WHO says

Enlarge / World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. (credit: Getty | Fabrice Cof) The World Health Organization on Monday renewed its declaration that the COVID-19 pandemic constitutes a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC)—the agency's highest level of alert—but acknowledged that...

Decades-old law forms biggest obstacle to nationwide TikTok ban, lawmaker says

Enlarge (credit: NurPhoto / Contributor | NurPhoto) As Congress prepares to vote on a nationwide TikTok ban next month, it looks like that ban may already be doomed to fail. The biggest hurdle likely won’t be mustering enough votes, but drafting a ban that doesn’t conflict with measures passed in the 1980s to protect the flow of ideas...

Count on old-school fun with these new calculator emulations

Enlarge / Graphing a parabola on the TI-83 Plus calculator emulation. (credit: Texas Instruments, MAME Tea/mInternet Archive) Due to its price, size, and capabilities, I can still remember the graphing calculator I used in high school, even though I haven't needed to graph a parabola in ages. The Internet Archive just made it easier...

Massive Yandex code leak reveals Russian search engine’s ranking factors

Enlarge / The Russian logo of Yandex, the country's largest search engine and a tech company with many divisions, inside the company's headquarters. (credit: SOPA Images / Getty Images) Nearly 45GB of source code files, allegedly stolen by a former employee, have revealed the underpinnings of Russian tech giant Yandex's many apps and...

Report: Apple is planning both a foldable screen and a kickstand for the iPad

Enlarge (credit: Apple) Normally reliable sources are predicting a quiet 2023 for the iPad, with few if any major upgrades. But that may just be setting the tablet up for a big update in 2024—supply-chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple is working on a foldable iPad with a built-in kickstand for release at some point next year,...

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