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Roku’s big announcements today: A new Ultra player, soundbar, and AirPlay 2 support

The new Roku Ultra. Roku These are the ports on the new Ultra. Roku And these are the contents of the box. Roku The Roku Streambar. Roku Here are the ports on the back of this one. Roku And finally, the contents of the Streambar box. Roku Today was a big day for streaming-box manufacturer …

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Apple vs. Epic hearing previews a long, hard-fought trial to come

Enlarge / Whoever wins this case will get a llama full of prizes. Federal District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers heard arguments this morning regarding Epic’s request for a temporary injunction in its case against Apple. That injunction would force Apple to put Fortnite back on the iOS App Store during the trial, following the game’s …

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“Joker”—the malware that signs you up for pricey services—floods Android markets

Enlarge portal gda / Flickr September has been a busy month for malicious Android apps, with dozens of them from a single malware family alone flooding either Google Play or third-party markets, researchers from security companies said. Known as Joker, this family of malicious apps has been attacking Android users since late 2016 and more …

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The Inevitable Marriage of Yield Farming and NFTs, Explained

Why is the marriage of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and decentralized finance (DeFi) happening now? It’s debatable but you can make an argument that it comes back to DeFi’s favorite robo-advisor for yield: Yearn.Finance. Lately, everything in DeFi seems to link back to Yearn.Finance in some way. The excitement in DeFi has shifted to the NFT …

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The 51% Attack Nightmare Scenario (Isn’t That Bad)

On this Speaking of Bitcoin episode, join hosts Adam B. Levine, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy & Jonathan Mohan for an in-depth discussion about what’s really at risk when blockchains suffer the dreaded 51% attack. On today’s show we’re talking 51% attacks, the much discussed, infrequently seen and fairly misunderstood doomsday scenarios. It’s a topic of discussion …

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Battle of the $350 laptops: Acer Swift 1 vs. Gateway Ryzen 3 3200U

Enlarge / Acer’s Swift 1 looks a little more professional than Gateway’s GWTN141-2—but looks aren’t everything, as our testing conclusively demonstrates. Jim Salter We’ve been on the lookout for good but seriously cheap laptops for a while now. Acer’s $650 Swift 3 is an excellent choice for budget laptops in the under-$700 range, but we’ve been …

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The One-Way ETH ‘Burn’ That Will Kick-Start Ethereum 2.0

With final preparations for the launch of Ethereum 2.0 soon to be underway, CoinDesk’s Christine Kim spoke with developers Raul Jordan and Eduardo Antuña Díez about what’s left to do and what comes next. The final preparations for Ethereum 2.0 launch will soon be underway.  Lead developer at Prysmatic Labs Raul Jordan, who has been …

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When coffee makers are demanding a ransom, you know IoT is screwed

With the name Smarter, you might expect a network-connected kitchen appliance maker to be, well, smarter than companies selling conventional appliances. But in the case of the Smarter’s Internet-of-things coffee maker, you’d be wrong. As a thought experiment, Martin Hron, a researcher at security company Avast, reverse engineered one of the $250 devices to see …

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The Bahamas Reveal Details, October Date of Landmark Central Bank Digital Currency Debut

The Bahamas confirmed it will cross the central bank digital currency (CBDC) finish line next month. “The intended outcome of Project Sand Dollar is that all residents in The Bahamas would have use of a central bank digital currency, on a modernized technology platform, with an experience and convenience—legally and otherwise—that resembles cash,” the central …

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Degens for Hire: Based.Money Is Launching Moonbase, a Place for DeFi Projects to Find Community

BASED has a new method for aligning decentralized finance (DeFi) projects with each other. At its core is a smart contract called Moonbase, CoinDesk has learned.  Based.Money is a project of the Ghouls, a loose consortium of crypto developers, artists, designers and meme makers. Friday night, the outfit will release its newest project since BASED, …

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