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Buying Items and Services With Bitcoin: A Look at Crypto Asset Accepting Merchants in 2021

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <b>While the price of bitcoin and numerous cryptocurrencies have jumped in value, a great number of merchants have been willing to accept digital currencies for goods and services. These days a crypto proponent can buy literally anything with their crypto assets and some of these items are very unique and extraordinary.</b> Crypto …

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DDoSers are abusing Microsoft RDP to make attacks more powerful

Enlarge / Hacker attacking server or database. Network security, Database secure and personal data protection Getty Images DDoS-for-hire services are abusing the Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol to increase the firepower of distributed denial-of-service attacks that paralyze websites and other online services, a security firm said this week. Typically abbreviated as RDP, Remote Desktop Protocol is …

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Microsoft reverses Xbox Live price hike, will add free multiplayer for some games

JUNG YEON-JE via Getty Images In one of the first positive Friday night news dumps I can remember, Microsoft has not only reversed course on its poorly-received plan to raise the price for Xbox Live, it’s adding a treat. Soon, for free-to-play games (like Fortnite or Apex Legends), multiplayer access will be free, making the …

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Microsoft teams up with Cruise and GM on self-driving cars

Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images Cruise and GM have enlisted an important ally in their quest to make self-driving cars a practical reality. The two have entered a “long-term strategic relationship” with Microsoft to speed up the commercialization of autonomous vehicles. Cruise will use Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to deliver self-driving tech “at scale,” while Microsoft will …

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Report: Xbox’s “instant on” feature could consume 4 billion kWh by 2025 [Updated]

Enlarge / A lot of neon green power potentially Aurich Lawson / Getty Images Update 8:45pm EST: A Microsoft spokesperson provided Ars with the following statement: Users are given a choice during setup between the two power modes for the console: energy saving and instant on. To ensure players can select the option they prefer, …

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SolarWinds hackers accessed Microsoft source code

VCG via Getty Images The hackers behind the SolarWinds attack got deeper access into Microsoft’s systems than the company previously disclosed. The company, which previously confirmed it found compromised code in its system, now says the hackers were able to gain access to its source code.  “Our investigation has, however, revealed attempted activities beyond just …

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12 of the biggest enterprise blockchain players of 2020

Enterprise blockchain started gaining traction in 2017 shortly after Bitcoin had reached its all-time high of nearly $20,000. Since then, enterprise blockchain has mainly been defined by private blockchain networks used by businesses for things such as supply chain management.  The enterprise blockchain space has changed quite a bit since 2017. For instance, 2020 has …

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CD Projekt Red has been sued over Cyberpunk 2077’s buggy release

CD Projekt Red CD Projekt Red could have a legal battle on its hands. In a filing spotted by Bloomberg, a firm called Rosen Law announced that it has opened a class-action lawsuit against the company. It alleges the studio’s management misled investors about the state of the game before its release and failed to …

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Microsoft brings ‘Flight Simulator’ to the VR headsets people care about

Asobo Studio/Microsoft Microsoft Flight Simulator now supports most virtual reality headsets. If you have a headset that’s SteamVR compatible or OpenXR compliant, such as an HTC Vive, Oculus or Windows Mixed Reality one, you’ll be able to explore the world in VR following the latest update. Windows Mixed Reality headset owners were able to try …

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Microsoft may be developing its own, in-house ARM CPU designs

Enlarge / Microsoft has so far neither confirmed nor denied Bloomberg’s claims regarding in-house CPU designs. Aurich Lawson / Grid Engine This afternoon, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft is in the process of developing its own ARM CPU designs, following in the footsteps of Apple’s M1 mobile CPU and Amazon’s Graviton datacenter CPU. Bloomberg cites off-record conversations …

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