Apple’s new Mac Pro will be available to order on December 10th

Apple had originally announced that the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR would be available sometime “this fall”; a Bloomberg report back in November confirmed that Apple would still be shipping the devices in December, but today’s email is the first confirmation of an actual date. (Technically, December 10th does still meet Apple’s promised “fall” release window, given that winter doesn’t officially start until the 21st of the month).

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European Commission launches investigations into Facebook and Google

The European Commission has launched preliminary investigations into the data practices of Facebook and Google. A spokesman for the committee confirmed this to the NIS after CNN’s reports.
The committee has sent questionnaires as “part of an introductory investigation”. The spokesman says the investigation aims to look at how the data was collected is used and how money is earned , including through advertisements.
This focuses on the primary earning model of two parties, Facebook and Google, which together hold more than half of the online advertising market.

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How to keep your money safe with app-only banks like Monzo and Revolut amid security issues

App-only banks promise to revolutionise our spending and saving habits, but they still have some way to go before usurping their high-street rivals.Monzo is the fastest growing neobank in the UK with more than three million customers, while rival Revolut has signed deals with Mastercard and Visa this year alone.

Quantum supremacy: A three minute guide

Google says they have reached ‘quantum supremacy’ with their quantum computer ‘Sycamore’. Nature reporter Elizabeth Gibney explains what this means, why IBM disagree, and the significance for quantum computing

 

 

Sun-bombing spacecraft uncovers secrets of the solar wind

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe spotted strange spikes in the wind, where particles speed up and flip the direction of the wind’s magnetic field. The spacecraft also observed the wind rotating around the Sun faster than expected — suggesting that scientists’ understanding of how stars’ rotation slows down as they age could be wrong.

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Loot boxes: digital treasuries that encourage gambling addictions

Young people are spending more and more money on loot boxes: games with digital treasuries that are full of surprises. It encourages gambling addiction and that is why they are already banned in Belgium. “Your brain is constantly looking for euphoria.”

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How One Click Can Keep Your Information Safe on Public Wi-Fi

Technology brings us a lot of amazing things. Connection to people on the other side of the world, the ability to shop for anything we could ever possibly need from our smartphones, and even the opportunity to manage our finances, pay our bills, and transfer money from our banks. And we can do all of it within seconds. But with those benefits comes some serious risks. Doing so much online opens us up to potential attacks—including theft and the abuse of personal information. That’s where a Virtual Private Network (VPN) comes in. Learn these other ways to protect yourself online, too

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NASA solar probe ‘touches’ the sun, uncovers solar wind mysteries

NASA has a myriad of robots patrolling the solar system, all equally deserving of our love and attention, but perhaps the most badass of them all is the Parker Solar Probe. The spacecraft, about the size of a small sedan, is circling the sun, kitted out with revolutionary tech that allows it to “touch” the sun. On Wednesday, NASA investigators released the first set of science data from the mission, detailing the first measurements from one of the solar system’s most extreme environments.

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Spear phishing campaigns—they’re sharper than you think

Even your most security-savvy users may have difficulty identifying honed spear phishing campaigns. Unlike traditional phishing campaigns that are blasted to a large email list in hopes that just one person will bite, advanced spear phishing campaigns are highly targeted and personal. They are so targeted, in fact, that we sometimes refer to them as “laser” phishing. And because these attacks are so focused, even tech-savvy executives and other senior managers have been duped into handing over money and sensitive files by a well-targeted email. That’s how good they are.

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Cyber criminals pick 1 million euros from man from northern Netherlands in a night time

A man in the northern Netherlands has recently been picked for 1 million euros by cyber criminals in one night. An international campaign must now warn people about internet fraud

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