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WD My Book Live NAS devices are being reformatted remotely

Nothing is scarier than the idea of losing years’ worth of data in a blink of an eye, whether through the loss of physical storage or, in this case, the deletion of said data. Owners of Western Digital’s old My Book Live storage are unfortunately living that very nightmare as they suddenly discover their external drives wiped clean. It turns out they may have been the victims of a malicious hacker that simply deleted their data, no ransoms asked.
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Galaxy Z Fold 3 features confirmed in FCC filing

It’s still two months away but almost everything about the Galaxy Z Fold 3 has been leaked by now. Of course, those come with disclaimers about their accuracy, even when many people say almost the exact same things about this or that feature. It’s still a different case, however, when someone more authoritative practically puts a rubber stamp on those rumors, and one probably can’t get more authoritative than the US FCC, at least as far as third-party sources of information go.
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Google FLoC delay means third-party cookies will stick around longer

Google’s Privacy Sandbox, particularly its Federated Learning of Cohorts or FLoC, had the grand ambition of making third-party cookies unnecessary for target advertising, thereby protecting people’s privacy even while making money from them. Like many of Google’s grand ambitions, FLoC was met with no small amount of criticism and pushback. The company still maintains its position on the benefits of FLoC and its innocence from alleged ulterior motives. To give time to address those concerns, it is taking a small step back and delaying FLoC’s implementation to 2023.
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Google Fi’s VPN service is now available on iPhone

We’ve been expecting Google Fi’s VPN to arrive on iPhone for the past few months and now that time has finally arrived. According to Google, iPhone users now have access to Google Fi’s integrated VPN, offering these users the privacy that comes with these services sans the need to sign up for a third-party offering.
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Android apps on Windows 11 won’t support Google Play Services

Although Microsoft did confirm the cosmetic changes that have been leaked about Windows 11, it managed to drop a few surprises on our laps today, some good, some bad, and some just puzzling. Its revelation that its next free Windows upgrade will support running Android apps may actually cover all those three cases. While the idea of being able to access your favorite mobile apps on your desktop or laptop might be exciting, the fact that it will be powered by Amazon’s Android ecosystem could dampen a bit of that enthusiasm.
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Alcatel 1 (2021) and 1L Pro join the Android Go family

There have been a lot of coverage on affordable mid-range Android phones, but when it comes down to it, nothing beats Android Go phones when it comes to affordability. Of course, these phones are configured with very minimal hardware requirements, so that’s not telling much. Still, for some markets and consumers that just need a basic Android phone, Android GO edition phones might be the way to go, and TCL just expanded their options with the addition of the Alcatel 1 (2021) and the Alcatel 1L Pro.
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Roblox is now home to the Stranger Things Starcourt Mall

Roblox, the online game platform that is popular with kids, is home to another destination full of mini-games and fun: the Starcourt Mall from Netflix series Stranger Things. Startcourt Mall is now part of the Roblox metaverse, according to the company, which says players now have the opportunity to explore the fictional shopping mall in an exclusive experience.
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Researchers find simple, sneaky way to get kids to eat more vegetables

Vegetables, with all of their beneficial plant chemicals and high levels of fiber, play an important role in health. Despite that, many people don’t get enough vegetables in their diet, particularly children who may find the texture or flavor of these plant foods less than appealing. Many methods have been developed in an effort to increase a child’s vegetable consumption, but few are as simple as the one reported by Penn State.
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NASA says Strawberry Moon will be visible until early Saturday

According to NASA, the lunar event referred to as the ‘Strawberry Moon’ started yesterday and will remain visible through early Saturday. It’s common for these lunar events to get a unique name, some of them referring to the Moon’s appearance but most to the nature of the seasons in which they occur. That is to say, don’t expect the Strawberry Moon to look like a strawberry.
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Jerry Seinfeld is bringing his love of Pop-Tarts and comedy to Netflix

Famous comedian Jerry Seinfeld is, well, famously fond of Pop-Tarts, the rectangle-shaped, fruit-filled pastries. Seinfeld hasn’t been shy about making his fondness Pop-Tarts known — in fact, the product was the subject of one particularly popular stand-up comedy bit. Now the comedian has teamed up with Netflix to the public a new look at this classic treat.
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Windows 11 update: TPM 2.0 and PC Health Check confusion

Microsoft revealed Windows 11 this week with a PC Health Check update and a confusing point of order. Some users are checking their high-powered Windows PC, finding that “this PC can’t run Windows 11” without significant explanation. One would expect that the PC Health Check system would tell the user the specific reasons WHY they do not meet requirements for Windows 11, but it doesn’t. Let’s take a peek at what’s likely the matter.
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Sonic Mania leads Epic Games Store’s free games this week

The free games on the Epic Games Store have rotated once more, and this week there are two big titles up for grabs. The first free game is a rather simple racer with a ton of style, and the second free game is quite possibly the best Sonic the Hedgehog game in the past 20 years. Both of them will be available for a week, at which point they’ll rotate out, and another free game will rotate in to replace them.
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Apple orders Strange Planet animation from Nathan Pyle and Dan Harmon

Strange Planet, a webcomic series about aliens who use curious language to detail their growing understanding of Earth, will be turned into an animated series destination for Apple TV+. The comic series was launched by artist Nathan Pyle in 2019; it quickly grew in popularity across social media, earning its creator millions of followers on Instagram.
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Steam Summer Sale in effect: Points Shop Too

It’s time again for a wide range of games to appear on Steam with prices slightly lower than usual. The Steam Summer Sale is one of several such events hosted by the game store in which gamers have the opportunity to spend massive amounts of cash on games they might never actually end up playing. It’s also a decent place to look if you’re hoping to find a game you’ve been waiting to buy for some months, but haven’t been able to pull the trigger on because of its original, still-at-launch pricing.
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New Volvo XC90 all-electric SUV will start an autonomous roadmap

Volvo is readying an all-electric luxury SUV, with the successor to the XC90 combining an EV drivetrain with a new autonomous driving system. It’s expected to be the first model to be based on Volvo’s new SPA2 platform, an instrumental part of the automaker’s shift to full electrification. It’s arguably...
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Instagram users can finally create posts with desktop web browsers

For the average user, snapping a picture with their phone and then uploading it on Instagram using the platform’s mobile app is the most convenient sharing method. Instagram is more than just a casual social media platform, however, instead offering artists, brands, and companies the opportunity to share their work with others. In these cases, being restricted to mobile uploads is far more inconvenient.
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Latest Valheim patch makes monsters more dangerous

On the road to Valheim‘s first major update, the game has received a rather small patch that could still have big implications for their players. For starters, the enemy AI is being tweaked in a couple of different ways, and those tweaks should result in more deadly enemies – or at least more aggressive. Aside from the AI tweaks, players are also getting a new setpiece to build, but it sounds like it’ll only be available for a limited time.
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Windows 11: All the release day removals

Microsoft made a point to list all “feature deprecations and removals” with Windows 11 this week. Before the operating system is launched to the public, Microsoft wants to be extra clear about what they’re adding and what they’re taking away. For some features, like Internet Explorer, the changes should be obvious. For others, like the Start menu, you might need to keep a keener eye.
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Windows 11 redesigns Microsoft Store with a big edge against Apple

The reveal of Windows 11 came with the surprising – and exciting – reveal that the new OS will support Android apps, but before that bombshell, Microsoft revealed some big news for developers looking to make a living off Windows apps. The company led this announcement by briefly touching on the redesigned Microsoft Store, saying that it has been rebuilt from the ground up for Windows 11.
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Windows 11 release date and early download warning

Today Microsoft revealed bits of this newest version of Windows 11 before releasing said software into the wild. If you’re interested in using Windows 11, you’ll be able to download the update soon – provided you have a new enough and powerful enough computer. It’s likely that most new Windows devices sold starting in the year 2022 will have this version of Windows – and new devices will be launched with this future edition starting later this year.