Hackers are using the promise of Game of Thrones spoilers to spread malware

Hackers are using the promise of Game of Thrones spoilers to spread malware
A report from cybersecurity company Proofpoint says that it’s observed a “targeted email campaign” that is using details of leaked Game of Thrones episodes to try and spread malware to unsuspecting users. The company first came across an e-mail on August 10th with the subject line "Wanna see the Game of Thrones in advance?" The emails contained some general details of upcoming episodes, as well as a Microsoft Word attachment with malware hidden in it. Once downloaded, it would attempt to ins…
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Some Facebook and Instagram users are experiencing outages

Some Facebook and Instagram users are experiencing outages
Facebook and Instagram appear to be down for some users this morning with some unable to post and others unable to access the sites entirely. Facebook users have reported issues accessing page mailboxes, uploading images, and posting updates, on both the mobile and web versions. Some users received messages saying that there was a “temporary problem with this post,” or an issue with a URL, and to try again in a few minutes. Other users were greeted with a message that Facebook is down for “r…
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Amazon devices, Sony wireless headphones, Sonos Play: 1, and more of the best tech sales

Amazon devices, Sony wireless headphones, Sonos Play: 1, and more of the best tech sales
Amazon announced earlier this week that it’s extending the deep Echo discounts (part of the back-to-school sale) until September 4th. Although the Echo itself is already sold out (listed as currently unavailable) you can still grab the Echo Dot for $45, along with the Tap for $100. The retail giant is also offering discounts on Kindle and Fire devices which end tonight, so act fast if you want one. Other highlights include Amazon’s deal of the day on several popular Anker products, an exclusi…
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The Essential Phone just started shipping to buyers

The Essential Phone just started shipping to buyers
After a slight delay and subsequent missed targets, the Essential Phone is finally, actually, really, officially shipping to customers. Andy Rubin’s new company just tweeted that those who’ve been charged for the phone should be on the lookout for tracking information to arrive by email sometime today. “We appreciate everyone’s patience,” Essential added. The $700 phone will be going it alone for now — Essential’s 360-degree camera module isn’t yet shipping — and is only available in the glo…
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Microsoft stops selling the original Xbox One

Microsoft stops selling the original Xbox One
Microsoft is no longer selling its original Xbox One in the US. The software giant only offers retail versions of the Xbox One S and Xbox One X at its online store, with just $199 refurbished models of the original Xbox One available. Kotaku UK reports that while the original Xbox One has vanished from the US store, Microsoft’s UK store simply lists the old console as “sold out.” The original Xbox One, that resembled a VCR unit, first launched nearly four years ago priced $100 more than Sony’…
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Object -- Just Another Storage Technology or a New Business Proposition?

Object -- Just Another Storage Technology or a New Business Proposition?
“Data Tsunami” is a trite expression meant to convey to enterprise IT a sense or impending doom. If you as an IT executive fail to manage it, unnamed bad things will happen – like maybe you’ll drown? But the Tsunami is here and now and so too is enterprise IT. They keep their ships afloat—precisely because they’ve come up with the means to manage. One of those coping mechanisms is a technology called Object Storage. IT deals with two general categories of data: structured and unstructured. Tran…
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A sketchy Satoshi has popped up to promote his new blockchain

A sketchy Satoshi has popped up to promote his new blockchain
Last night, The Verge and at least three other outlets received an email from someone claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious inventor of bitcoin. The email we received was brief and to the point: “I met with the SEC yesterday. I am ready to talk.” The individual declined to give his legal name, but said recent leaks had forced him to speak to the press, even as he intended to remain anonymous. At the same time, he claimed that various agencies in the government, including the SEC, IR…
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You’ll be able to permanently mute websites in Google Chrome soon

You’ll be able to permanently mute websites in Google Chrome soon
Google Chrome will soon allow users to permanently mute websites, a feature that will bring joy to millions who suffer through autoplaying videos on (annoying) websites every day. Spotted by Android Police, the feature is currently available in the experimental Canary build of the browser. Google’s François Beaufort announced the addition this morning, noting that the Chrome team is still “experimenting with a setting to mute / unmute a website directly from the Page Info bubble.” Currently …
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The best Chromebook you can buy right now

The best Chromebook you can buy right now
Buying a Chromebook has always been a little confusing. At first, we had to wrap our heads around the idea that this was a laptop that just ran a browser. Then, we had to figure out how much something like that should cost. Now, we have to think about whether the addition of Android apps — which are still in beta — could take these browser-only computers and turn them into something that can truly compete with Windows and Mac computers. So let's simplify it: Yes, Chromebooks are still mostly …
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A proprietary smart diffuser seems like a fine way to lean into the pod economy

A proprietary smart diffuser seems like a fine way to lean into the pod economy
Everyone who reads this website, The Verge, and this blog, Circuit Breaker, should know my feelings on pods. I'm not going to rehash them, but have linked back for your convenience. I will say, however, I am ready for a pod future, where all my goods are proprietary and available in single-servings. Why not! Today we learned that pods are coming to diffusers. Pium, a smart diffuser, will be on show at the IFA tech conference in Berlin next week. It'll sit alongside Samsung Electronics because…
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