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Pandemic hasn’t crushed broadband networks—even rural areas are doing OK

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | metamorworks) The sharp growth in residential-broadband traffic seen during the pandemic is starting to level off, new data shows. While Internet speeds have slowed somewhat in many parts of the United States, it turns out that even rural-broadband networks are holding up pretty well. Speeds have dropped in rural areas …

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HBO’s streaming apps will soon stop working on older Apple TVs

The fourth-generation Apple TV (left) next to the third-gen model. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) Second- and third-generation Apple TV streaming boxes will no longer be able to stream content from HBO Go and HBO Now after the end of April, according to a pair of HBO support documents. The documents were uncovered today by MacRumors. The …

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Stadia launches free tier including two-month trial of Stadia Pro

The Stadia main menu interface, as seen in a Chrome browser (it looks largely similar on mobile and Chromecast). Nearly five months after its paid launch, Google’s Stadia streaming-games service is finally rolling out a (relatively) simple way to try it out for free. Curious new users no longer have to pay $130 upfront or a …

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Google makes seamless update support mandatory in Android 11

Enlarge (credit: Android) Google is putting new rules in place for Android 11: it’s going to make support for Android’s “seamless update” feature mandatory for devices launching with the new OS. The news comes to us via an Android source code commit first spotted by XDA Developers, which reads, “Require Virtual A/B on R launches.” …

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Zoom brings in former Facebook security head amid lawsuits, investigations

Enlarge / Security and privacy protip: Don’t do your videoconference in the middle of an airport. (credit: hapabapa | Getty Images) Zoom’s meteoric rise to prominence as the go-to teleconference tool of the COVID-19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on every single design flaw, privacy issue, or vulnerability the platform has. Now, the company is …

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You can help medical science just by playing a new Borderlands mini-game

This terminal is your entry point to helping biomedical research through gaming. Players can help biomedical research by playing a new color-matching mini-game introduced in Borderlands 3 this week. “Borderlands Science” basically tricks human players into solving complex genetic alignment problems that can be intuitive for humans but difficult for computer algorithms. The mini-game is …

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I was bored, so I watched the movie that astronauts must view before launch

Here is a shot of our hero, Fyodor Ivanovich Sukhov. He is a Red Army soldier fighting in Central Asia during the Russian Civil War. [credit: Mosfilm/YouTube ] Sometime Wednesday, perhaps around the time this article is published, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and his two Russian crew mates—Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner—will repair to their …

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Attackers can bypass fingerprint authentication with an ~80% success rate

Enlarge (credit: Andri Koolme) For decades, the use of fingerprints to authenticate users to computers, networks, and restricted areas was (with a few notable exceptions) mostly limited to large and well-resourced organizations that used specialized and expensive equipment. That all changed in 2013 when Apple introduced TouchID. Within a few years, fingerprint-based validation became available …

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