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Best deal on cybersecurity online class bundle: 98% off (UK deal)

Products featured here are selected by our partners at StackCommerce.If you buy something through links on our site, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. The Ethical Hacker Bootcamp bundle is on sale for £31.12 as of June 18. Image: pexels By StackCommerceMashable Shopping2020-06-18 04:00:00 UTC TL;DR: The Ethical Hacker Bootcamp bundle is on sale for £31.12 as of June 18, saving you 98% on list price. When the average person thinks about hacking, they might picture a trenchcoat-wearing citizen in The Matrix, furiously pounding away at a keyboard in a darkened room, in attempt to “infiltrate the mainframe,” only pausing to spout snarky one-liners into a headset mic and triumphantly exclaim, “I’m in!” when the job is done.   Obviously, that’s a bunch of nonsense, and most real life “hackers” aren’t trying to rob banks or get revenge against multi-national businesses. More often than not, they’re working together with everyday companies to identify security shortcomings and make systems safer for users.  If you have an interest in IT and cybersecurity, you can help to change the public’s perception of hacking and make some serious money while doing it. All you need is the Certified Ethical Hacker Bootcamp bundle, a comprehensive online training suite that you can get for just £31.12 while it’s on sale. This bundle will start you on the right path with more than 526 lessons and 77 hours of engaging content designed to help students ace the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker v9 exam.  You’ll learn the industry’s most tried-and-true…Continue readingBest deal on cybersecurity online class bundle: 98% off (UK deal)

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Tech Radar

EOFY 2020: the best tech deals from Australia’s end-of-financial year sales

The end-of-financial-year sale is one of the biggest shopping events in Australia, with a wide range of products steeply discounted, including cars, household appliances and, of course consumer electronics. Shopping during Australia’s EOFY sales means you’ll be able to get your finances in order before filing your tax paperwork as a lot of the discounted items will be tax deductible. So not only will you save some cash on the purchase, you’ll also be able to pocket some extra savings in the form of your tax returns. And while lockdown restrictions are slowly being lifted, it’s still a very good idea to shop online. After all, you’ll be able to stay off your feet and shop from the comfort of your own home, and you’ll have more time and energy to trawl through various online storefronts for the best offers. Or, you could let us do the hard work. TechRadar’s Australian team is on hand to sift the chaff and find the best bargains on electronics over the entire month of June. We’ll list them all right here and keep this page updated with new offers as and when they’re made available. There is a strong possibility that a lot of the EOFY sales will end before June 30, so you will need to be quick to snag a great deal. Retailers offering EOFY deals EOFY 2020 deals Laptops & 2-in-1s Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model | i7 / 16GB / 512GB SSD / RTX 2070 | AU$3,599 (RRP AU$4,599;…Continue readingEOFY 2020: the best tech deals from Australia’s end-of-financial year sales

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Engadget

Xbox One test enables DTS:X spatial audio for headphones

It took several months, but you can finally see what the fuss is about with DTS’ advanced headphone audio on Xbox One consoles — if you’re an early adopter. The latest Alpha Skip-Ahead test release (via Windows Central) for Xbox Insiders adds an option to install the DTS Sound Unbound app, and thus DTS:X for Headphones support. You’ll have to get a license to try Unbound (it’s thankfully free for the entire test flight period), but this should give you a taste of more immersive headphone audio, particularly in games with Spatial Sound support. Alpha Skip-Ahead is a very early, invitation-only ring, so it may be some time before you can try this even if you’re an Xbox Insider. Don’t be surprised if there are glitches, too. If you’re part of that group and are willing to live with the quirks, though, this could give you more sophisticated sound without making others in your household share the experience. Source linkContinue readingXbox One test enables DTS:X spatial audio for headphones

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The Verge

Zynn removes controversial pay to watch feature after being banned by Apple and Google

Zynn is no longer paying users to watch videos and refer friends to the app, a practice that quickly rocketed the TikTok clone to the top of both Apple and Google’s app stores. The payment feature is being replaced with a new rewards system called Zynncheers. Zynncheers still gives users points for watching videos (now in addition to commenting on and liking videos). The big distinction is that there are currently no rewards being offered in exchange for the points — not money or anything else. In the app, Zynn says users will get “benefits and rewards” for collecting Zynncheers, but it doesn’t say what those will be. “We have some plans about the use of Zynncheers, but we need your ideas [sic] more,” the company writes. The Verge has reached out to Zynn for comment. A notice in the app saying the existing system is being shut down and replaced with Zynncheers. Zynn still seems to be interested in maintaining something akin to the model that helped it to grow so quickly — offering users rewards for using the app. But it appears that Zynn is considering doing something different with the new system, which does not currently mention the possibility of users receiving cash or gift cards. The Information previously reported that Zynn’s creator, Kuaishou, used the pay-to-watch model to become a formidable TikTok rival in China. The app launched in May. By the end of the month, Zynn had surpassed TikTok on Apple’s App Store chart, which…Continue readingZynn removes controversial pay to watch feature after being banned by Apple and Google

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VentureBeat

Rep. Gomez demands answers from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on facial recognition

Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Tuesday asking questions about exactly how the company plans to implement a one-year moratorium on facial recognition sales to police. Amazon announced the moratorium in a brief blog post one week ago today. Rep. Gomez is vice chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which plans to introduce facial recognition legislation. “While I am encouraged by the direction Amazon appears to be taking on this issue, the ambiguity of the announcement raises more questions than answers,” Rep. Gomez said in the letter. “After two years of formal congressional inquiries — including bicameral letters, House Oversight Committee hearings, and in-person meetings — Amazon has yet to adequately address questions about the dangers its facial recognition technology can pose to privacy and civil rights, the accuracy of the technology, and its disproportionate impact on communities of color.” The letter includes a range of questions about Amazon’s moratorium, like whether it only applies to local law enforcement or extends to federal law enforcement contracts with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). After the moratorium was announced last week, VentureBeat also asked Amazon whether a moratorium extends to contracts with federal law enforcement agencies but received no comment. The letter also asks when Amazon plans to submit Rekognition for evaluation by the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). A NIST spokesperson last week told VentureBeat that Amazon has yet to submit Rekognition…Continue readingRep. Gomez demands answers from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on facial recognition

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Wired

The Design and Science of Patio Dining During a Pandemic

In mid-May, Boor and Charles Hemminger, another architect with a restaurant-heavy practice, put together some designs to see if they could get enough socially distanced seats into a dining room to stay in business. San Francisco hadn’t yet issued its specific guidance for how restaurants could open, but the architects had the gist. They turned bars into prep stations, because they couldn’t figure out how to give people bending an elbow enough elbow room. They moved tables farther apart, thought about barriers, and took over patio and parking spaces where the restaurants had them. They learned a few things. Risk of infection is a combination of how much exposure someone gets and how long they get it. And while customers might spend an hour or two in a restaurant, staff are there all night. “Patron-to-patron infection is a thing we’re worried about, but a bigger risk is patron-to-staff,” Boor says. “Those are the people you’re concerned with protecting. If they get sick, the whole operation goes down.” Without significant changes to how much street space a restaurant is allowed to take up, Boor and Hemminger couldn’t really make outdoor dining plausible. “In a restaurant operating on the typical dining model of table service, I have not yet seen a case where outdoor seating would make up for the amount of lost indoor seating due to distancing,” Boor says. “Even the ones that come close require some pretty big assumptions about making that outdoor seating usable, like building something like wind…Continue readingThe Design and Science of Patio Dining During a Pandemic

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ZDNet

NEC to create hybrid quantum systems alongside D-Wave

Japanese tech giant NEC announced on Thursday it has teamed up with D-Wave to work on systems that combine the former’s supercomputers with the latter’s quantum annealers. The pair will use D-Wave’s Leap quantum cloud service as the basis for the hybrid services, which are said to have applications in transportation, materials science, and machine learning. “The two companies will apply D-Wave’s collection of over 200 early customer applications to six markets identified by NEC, such as finance, manufacturing and distribution,” NEC said in a statement. “The two companies will also explore the possibility of enabling the use of NEC’s supercomputers on D-Wave’s Leap quantum cloud service.” NEC and D-Wave will also work together on a number of marketing and sales activities to spur interest in hybrid quantum systems, with NEC parting with $10 million as an investment in D-Wave. “By combining efforts with NEC, we believe we can bring even more quantum benefit to the entire Japanese market that is building business-critical hybrid quantum applications in both the public and private sectors,” CEO of D-Wave Alan Baratz said. “NEC is a proven pioneer of world-changing technology, and we’re united in the belief that hybrid software and systems are the future of commercial quantum computing.” See also: This cloud service lets you use quantum and classical computing together to solve big problems On Wednesday, NEC announced it had worked with researchers from the Tokyo Institute of Technology to develop a 28GHz phased-array transceiver that can support dual-polarised MIMO signals which…Continue readingNEC to create hybrid quantum systems alongside D-Wave

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Brazil’s BizCapital raises $12 million for its online lending service – TechCrunch

BizCapital, an online lender based in Brazil, has raised $12 million from a clutch of investors including the German development finance institution, the corporate venture capital fund of MercadoLibre and existing investors Quona Capital, Monashees, Chromo INvest and 42K Investments. “This latest round reinforces investors’ confidence in BizCapital’s ability to innovate in the Latin American credit market amid challenging circumstances caused by Covid-19,” said Francisco Ferreira, the company’s chief executive, in a statement. “We have seen four times as many business credit inquiries on our site year over year, and we are ready to serve them.”  Founded in 2016, the company pitches itself as a fast and reliable way to access financing for working capital. It already has more than 5,000 customers across 1,200 cities in Brazil, according to a statement. The company said it would use the money to develop new products for Brazilian small and medium-sized businesses and will expand into new distribution channels. “With this new round of capital, we will continue to widen our product lineup, helping entrepreneurs during the entire lifecycle of their companies,” said Ferreira, in a statement. “There’s never been a more important time for innovation.”  In a reflection of their American counterparts, Brazil’s venture capital firms had slowed down the pace of their investments, but now it seems like a slew of new deals are coming to market. The investment reflects the longterm confidence that investors have in the increasingly central position e-commerce and technology-enabled services will have in the future of the…Continue readingBrazil’s BizCapital raises $12 million for its online lending service – TechCrunch

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Mashable

Facebook defends letting Trump spread misinformation on mail-in voting

Facebook once again demonstrated how well-intentioned policies are meaningless if it refuses to enforce them against President Donald Trump. On a call with reporters Wednesday, Nick Clegg, Facebook’s head of policy and communications, and former deputy prime minister of the United Kingdom, defended the company’s decision not to take down Trump’s posts and ads questioning the legality and legitimacy of voting by mail.  Clegg’s defense rested on both a technicality, and some misleading “bothsidesism,” saying Trump’s comments were part of “a longstanding debate about the integrity and viability of different forms of voting.” Clegg categorized Trump’s statements as a form of valid debate about voting by mail between political entities. Because Trump was not directly speaking to voters — instead commenting on the actions of state governments — and not explicitly discouraging people from voting, Clegg said he did not violate Facebook’s policies against voter suppression and voting misinformation. In May, Trump made several claims on social media (including Facebook and Twitter) that questioned the validity of mail-in voting. The issue of voting by mail has come to the fore because states are considering expanding absentee voting programs in light of the coronavirus pandemic.  In the first such post, Trump claimed that Michigan’s specific vote-by-mail efforts were done “illegally.” In the second, he claimed that absentee ballots would lead to a “rigged election.”  In fact, experts and fact-checkers say there is no evidence that voting by mail leads to fraud, and Michigan state officials said that Michigan’s secretary of state’s…Continue readingFacebook defends letting Trump spread misinformation on mail-in voting

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The best soundbars of 2020

What’s the cheapest soundbar you’d recommend? It’s no Sonos Arc, but the Sony HT-MT300 is a compact soundbar that will fit just about any home theater and comes with a wireless sub for just $200 / £200. If you want something cheap, simple and easy to setup, this is the best soundbar to go for. Choosing the best soundbar for you is an important decision for any home cinema enthusiast, whether you use it on its own or as part of the immersive home theater system of your dreams. The best soundbars are an essential accessory for today’s TVs, which are getting slimmer and slimmer; though this means they look great in your home, there’s less room for built-in speakers. Just take a look at any of the top TVs at the moment and you’ll see the audio isn’t up to scratch – even the best Samsung TV could use an external soundbar. This is why we’ve rounded up the very best soundbars on the market in one handy guide. Because there’s no point spending a small fortune on a new TV display for the audio to fall short. What you’ll find below is our selection of the best soundbars available for you to buy in 2020, from the best soundbars with Dolby Atmos through to ultra-affordable plug-in-and-go models.  [Update: There’s a new winner for the coveted top spot in our round up of the best soundbars in 2020. The Sonos Arc comes with Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, and True…Continue readingThe best soundbars of 2020