CrowdStrike CEO to testify about massive outage that halted flights and hospitals

CrowdStrike CEO George Kurtz was called to testify before the House Homeland Security Committee over the major outage affecting Windows PCs spurred by a faulty update that brought flights, hospital procedures, and broadcasters to a halt on Friday, The Washington Post reported. “Recognizing that Americans will undoubtedly feel the lasting, real-world consequences of this incident,…

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Tech billionaires can’t build their ‘California Forever’ city yet

Last year, the Times reported that a group of Silicon Valley investors (including LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, Andreessen Horowitz investors Marc Andreessen and Chris Dixon, former GitHub CEO Nat Friedman, and Emerson Collective founder Laurene Powell Jobs) had secretly bought up hundreds of millions of dollars worth of farmland in Solano County to build their…

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Slack introduces iPhone widgets to make work more inescapable

Today, Slack introduced the first four widgets for the iOS version of its mobile app. Three of them are designed for the iPhone’s homescreen, while the fourth can be added to the lockscreen, allowing users to jump immediately into the Slack app after unlocking their device. The homescreen widgets include Catch Up, which provides an…

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Intel says it has found the issue causing 13th and 14th Gen CPUs to crash

Intel says it has found the source of the widespread instability issues affecting its Core 13th and 14th Gen processors. In an update on Monday, Intel confirmed that CPUs are experiencing “elevated operating voltage” and that a patch is on the way. “We have determined that elevated operating voltage is causing instability issues in some…

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The Verge’s 2024 back-to-school gift guide

Maruman Mnemosyne N196 B6 Notepad A simple, compact notepad is like a trusted companion, one that can help you get your thoughts and tasks in order. The real, functional beauty of this Maruman Mnemosyne notebook is its top-oriented spiral binding, which makes it lay flat and offers corner-to-corner writability, even for southpaws.Price: $5.40+ Belkin BoostCharge…

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One of the rarest NES games of all time goes up for auction

Starting tonight, Goldin will be auctioning off one of the rarest Nintendo Entertainment System cartridges of all time. Nintendo originally created only 26 of these gold cartridges as prizes for Nintendo Power magazine readers in 1990. They’re so hard to come by that one sold on eBay for $100,088 a decade ago. Hundreds of cartridges…

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EU threatens to fine Meta for saying Facebook is ‘free’

The European Union says it has notified Meta that its “pay or consent” model for Facebook and Instagram might violate consumer protection laws. The EU’s Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) Network says the company has until September 1st, 2024, to propose changes to its model, which it calls “misleading” and “confusing” for users, or face potential…

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The Amazfit GTR 4, our favorite fitness tracker, has hit a new all-time low price

For its price, the GTR 4 offers an impressive number of features. It does a good job of tracking all kinds of health and fitness metrics, from heart, sleep, and stress to your menstrual cycle, while boasting over 150 sport modes and multiband GPS. Aside from being an excellent fitness tracker, the GTR 4 is…

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My iPad runs Windows XP now, and it’s all I ever wanted

Apple recently approved a new emulator app called UTM SE that enables your iPhone or iPad (or Vision Pro!) to masquerade as PC hardware and run honest-to-goodness computer desktop operating systems. Some of you asked in the comments section of my last story how it runs — a fair question that I couldn’t answer at…

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Rivian’s sporty R3X will be the first R3 to hit the streets

Rivian’s R3X electric SUV will arrive before the base model, Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe says on today’s episode of Decoder. Even though Scaringe still doesn’t provide an exact date when the performance variant will roll out, it will be “as soon as we possibly can.” “We’re launching R2 first, allowing some time to get that…

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