Twitter Rolls Out 'Mixed Media' Tweets

Oct 06, 2022 - 6:47 PM - by Reverend
Sometimes a single photo, video, or GIF isn't enough to express yourself, which is why Twitter is introducing a new "mixed media" feature that lets users combine all three in one post.

Sharing different types of visuals is as easy as tapping the Media or GIF icon when composing a tweet and selecting the pictures, clips, or looping animations you want to include.

Add up to four pieces of media per post on iOS and Android. Web users, not yet able to create a collage of content, can still enjoy others' creativity. However, scrolling through Twitter reveals there's no obvious way to spot a mixed media tweet yet, so you'll have to experiment by tapping on a few tweets to see if they are indeed full of media.

"We're always looking for new and exciting ways to help creators share more and be seen," Twitter wrote in a blog post. "Mixing different types of visual content together in a single tweet allows creators to express themselves beyond 280 characters and gives them more ways to tell their story."

PC Magazine
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Google Chrome tops this list of most vulnerable browsers

Oct 06, 2022 - 6:43 PM - by Reverend
According to a recent report, Google Chrome is the most vulnerability-ridden browser of all the major players. Chrome also happens to be the most popular browser in the world, accounting for over 60% of usage according to most sources, which means that a larger number of people are at risk until the bugs are fixed.

Every browser suffers from these security weaknesses from time to time, including the increasingly popular Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox, but Chrome has had a startlingly high number of weaknesses in 2022. The vulnerability report from Atlas VPN summarized data found in the VulDB vulnerability database. In this year alone, 303 vulnerabilities have been detected in Google Chrome. Firefox came in a distant second with 117, while 103 were found in Edge, and only 26 in Safari.

Unfortunately, similar rankings appear when comparing these browsers for all time. Since Google Chrome was first launched, it has racked up 3,159 vulnerabilities according to the VulDB data, Firefox has 2,361, Safari takes third place with 1,239, and Edge has 806. It’s worth noting that Edge is a much newer browser than the rest, so an all-time comparison isn’t as necessarily fair.

In both the 2022 and all-time reports, a lesser-known browser, Opera, was surprisingly secure. with no known vulnerabilities in 2022 and only 344 since it first launched in 1995. That averages out to less than 13 vulnerabilities each year over its 27 years of serving webpages to the 1% to 2% of people that use this underappreciated browser worldwide.

Digital Trends
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Windows 11 22H2 blocked due to blue screens on some Intel systems

Sep 29, 2022 - 6:37 AM - by Reverend
Microsoft is now blocking the Windows 11 22H2 update from being offered on some systems with Intel Smart Sound Technology (SST) audio drivers.

Redmond also put a safeguard hold in place because this known issue triggers blue screens of death (BSODs) on affected systems.

"Intel and Microsoft have found incompatibility issues with certain versions of drivers for Intel Smart Sound Technology (Intel SST) on Intel 11th Gen Core processors and Windows 11," Microsoft said in a Windows Health dashboard update.

"Windows 11 devices with the affected Intel SST driver might receive an error with a blue screen."

Intel SST is an integrated audio DSP (Digital Signal Processor) that enables the company's latest Core and Atom processors to handle audio, voice, and speech interactions without a performance hit.

Microsoft recommends not to manually update affected systems to Windows 11 22H2 using the Media Creation Tool or the 'Update now' button until the problem is addressed and the safeguard is removed.

"The affected driver will be named Intel Smart Sound Technology (Intel SST) Audio Controller under System Devices in Device Manager and have the file name IntcAudioBus.sys and a file version of 10.29.0.5152 or 10.30.0.5152," Microsoft explained.

The same issue is behind a compatibility hold blocking customers from upgrading to Windows 11 21H2 since November 2021.

Microsoft added that some of the impacted Windows 11 customers might be able to work around this issue by checking if Intel has an updated driver for their systems.

"To mitigate the safeguard, you will need to check with your device manufacturer (OEM) to see if an updated driver is available and install it. This issue is resolved by updating the Intel Smart Sound Technology drivers to a version 10.30.00.5714 and later or 10.29.00.5714 and later," Microsoft said.

"Once you have updated to a compatible version of the Intel Smart Sound Technology drivers, you should be able to upgrade to Windows 11."

If you cannot find an updated driver that addresses this issue, you need to contact your device manufacturer (OEM) for more information.

After updating the affected Intel SST audio driver, it can take up to 48 hours before you can install the Windows 11 2022 Update.

Bleeping Computer
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Tesla ordered to recall more than a million US cars

Sep 26, 2022 - 8:50 AM - by Reverend
Tesla is recalling nearly 1.1 million cars in the US because the windows might close too fast and pinch people's fingers. Documents produced by American regulators show the windows may not react correctly after detecting an obstruction.

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk criticised the description as a recall calling it "outdated and inaccurate".

The car giant says a software update will fix the problem.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the fault is a safety-standards violation.

The world's largest electric-vehicle manufacturer has had repeated run-ins with federal safety regulators, whom Mr Musk calls "the fun police".

Previous recalls have been due to:
  • rear-view cameras
  • bonnet latches
  • seat-belt reminders
  • sound-system software


The latest recall covers all four Tesla models, specifically 2017-22 Model 3 sedans and some 2020-21 Model Y SUVs (sports utility vehicles), Model S sedans and Model X SUVs.

Tesla discovered the problem with the automatic windows during production testing in August.

Owners will be notified by letter, from 15 November.

Company documents indicate vehicles made after 13 September already have the updated software needed to remedy the issue.

Tesla said it was not aware of any warranty claims, crashes, injuries, or deaths related to the recall.

BBC News
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Microsoft will host its next Surface event on October 12th

Sep 22, 2022 - 6:17 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft isn't going to be left off the fall hardware event calendar. The company will hold a Surface event on October 12th at 10AM ET. While it's not completely clear what Microsoft plans to show off beyond "devices," we may get our first official look at the Surface Pro 9 and Surface Laptop 5 in a few weeks. Some details about the upcoming products emerged this week via retailer leaks.

According to WinFuture, the devices will likely use 12th-gen Intel CPUs, though the Surface Pro 9 may have an ARM-based processor option with 5G support. Microsoft may offer up to 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM in both devices. It seems there are new color options too.

Microsoft is adding its name to a busy event schedule. Amazon will hold a hardware showcase on September 28th, while Google has set a Pixel event for October 6th. Apple is also expected to run a Mac- and iPad-focused event in October.

engadget
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Grand Theft Auto VI footage leaked after hack, developer Rockstar confirms

Sep 19, 2022 - 7:07 PM - by Reverend
More than 90 videos and images from the next edition of the Grant Theft Auto franchise have been leaked online by a hacker, the game's developers say.

The leaked content was posted on Sunday after what is being described as one of gaming's biggest security breaches.

Rockstar Games said it remained unclear how the "network intrusion" occurred, but confirmed "early development footage" from GTA VI had been stolen.

The footage was put on the GTAForums site by a user called teapotuberhacker.

The hacker claimed to have gained access to the data by breaching Rockstar's internal feed on the Slack messaging app, and invited executives to negotiate to avoid further leaks.

Additional revelations could include source code, assets, and testing builds from both GTA 5 and GTA 6, which could be damaging to the company's operations.

While the original post has since been removed by moderators, it has been spread widely on social media. Rockstar has reportedly issued takedown orders to remove the footage from YouTube and Twitter.

The footage showed animation tests. level layouts and some gameplay demonstrations, and it appeared to confirm a long-running rumour that the game will feature the series' first playable female protagonist.

They also revealed the game's setting in a fictionalised version of Miami which was also the setting on 2002's GTA: Vice City.

In a statement on Monday, the company said it was "extremely disappointed to have any details of our next game shared with you all in this way".

"Our work on the next Grand Theft Auto game will continue as planned and we remain as committed as ever to delivering an experience to you, our players, that truly exceeds your expectations," it added.

Rockstar confirmed it was developing the game earlier this year, with industry insiders anticipating a 2024 or 2025 release date.

BBC News
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