The next blue moon will occur on the last night of August. Although it will appear no bluer than on any other night, it will nonetheless fit the modern definition of the term by being the second full moon in a calendar month. But this technical meaning of "blue moon" arose fairly recently. The phrase has undergone a strange evolution over the past 500 years. The notion of a blue moon first appeared in writing in the 16th century, according to folklorist Phillip Hiscock, a professor at Memorial University in Newfoundland who has traced the meaning of the phrase through the centuries. "In the English language, the first use that we have is by Cardinal Wolsey" — Henry VIII's notorious advisor, Hiscock said. "Cardinal Wolsey writes about his intellectual enemies who 'would have you believe the moon is blue.'" Aside from the occasional blue-tinged moon that can peak through a volcanic ash cloud, moons almost always hover between white and yellow, and so to call the moon blue was to … [Read more...] about Blue Moon: The Strange Evolution of a Phrase
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Audio player loading… The Rust programming language is the key to making the Android operating system safer, Google’s engineers have claimed. In a blog post (opens in new tab) published by Android security engineer Jeffrey Vander Stoep, the Googler says the number of severe memory vulnerabilities has significantly dropped in the last three years and suggests it’s all thanks to the OS moving away from memory-unsafe programming languages, C and C++. Three years ago, the majority (65%)of Android bugs were either high-severity or critical-severity memory safety bugs (think out-of-bounds read and write flaws, for example). Since then, Google has been steadily writing new Rust code and adding it to Android (as opposed to simply improving existing code). Now, the number of these flaws has dropped significantly, and they’re no longer the biggest issue plaguing the mobile OS. Less severe vulnerabilities in a constant "From 2019 to 2022 the annual number of memory … [Read more...] about Google says Rust is the key to cutting Android vulnerabilities
Audio player loading… Russian hacking groups are expected to have a long and productive winter, going after both Ukrainian targets, and those belonging to its western allies, with new and upgraded malware attacks, Microsoft is saying. In a recent blog post (opens in new tab) , the software giant said Russia will try to use disinformation and cyberattacks to undermine the support Ukraine’s been getting from its western allies - both humanitarian, and military. Furthermore, it said it observed “targeted attacks” against Ukrainian infrastructure, followed by missile strikes. The threat actor apparently being used to this end is called Sandworm. Elite threat actor "We believe these recent trends suggest that the world should be prepared for several lines of potential Russian attack in the digital domain over the course of this winter," Microsoft said. "Russia will seek to exploit cracks in popular support for Ukraine to undermine coalitions essential to … [Read more...] about Tis the season of Russian cyberattacks, says Microsoft
Audio player loading… New research has claimed computer sales have fallen as we head into the festive period, but there can be some positives which may indicate an overhaul to the way we think about computing. Findings from analyst firm Canalys suggest that US shipments of desktops, notebooks, and workstations were down by 12% in Q3 2022 compared with the same time period last year. Notebooks saw the most significant decline which Canalys attributes to “cautious business spending”, on top of a decline in consumer demand. PC sales 2022 The report claims fewer people were also looking to buy tablets, too, which could be thanks in part to the largely inflated prices in recent months. While Apple’s updated flagship 12.9-inch iPad Pro remained unchanged at $1,099 in the US, other markets saw costs rise significantly with the introduction of the M2 model, with UK prices rising from £999 to £1,249. Canalys research analyst Brian Lynch explains that “the … [Read more...] about PC sales slumped in the US – but it wasn’t bad news for everyone
Audio player loading… The days of bringing home a note from your teacher to your parents (or vice versa) will soon be at an end thanks to a new update to Microsoft Teams . The video conferencing service is working on a new feature that will make parent-teacher communication much more tech-savvy, allowing messages to be sent either by email or SMS to set up a Microsoft Teams call. In an update (opens in new tab) on the official Microsoft 365 roadmap, the company says that the new "Parent Connection" tool will allow teachers to directly communicate with the guardians of a student. I'm telling "Sending messages in an SMS-heavy market makes it easier to connect with Parents while keeping teachers' experience simple," Microsoft wrote in the entry, entitled "Invite Parents via SMS for Communication". The company added that messages sent to parents and guardians will be in plain text, without HTML, formatting, or styles applied. The tool is still … [Read more...] about Microsoft Teams might start telling on you to your parents
Rating: 9/10 ? 1 - Does not work 2 - Barely functional 3 - Severely lacking in most areas 4 - Functions, but has numerous issues 5 - Fine yet leaves a lot to be desired 6 - Good enough to buy on sale 7 - Great and worth purchasing 8 - Fantastic, approaching best-in-class 9 - Best-in-class 10 - Borderline perfection Price: Starting At $500 Space is an invaluable but limited asset, and GEEKOM aims to maximize it with its Mini IT11 PC . This tiny unit may not look like much, but with an expandable 16GB of RAM, 11th Gen Intel processor, and dedicated graphics card, the Mini IT11 delivers on efficiency and performance. When I first held GEEKOM’s Mini IT11, I immediately thought I had misread the included specs and capabilities. Surely, there was no way a PC this small could offer expandable RAM and storage alongside dedicated graphics and all of the ports its marketing boasted. And yet it does, because we live in an age of space-saving tech. … [Read more...] about GEEKOM Mini IT11 PC Review: Proof That Size Really Doesn’t Matter
The latest version of Windows 11 is the 2022 Update, which is version 22H2. Microsoft released the update on September 20, 2022. You can install it from Windows Update or by running Microsoft's downloadable Installation Assistant. The latest version of Windows 11 is the 2022 Update, version “22H2,” which was named “Sun Valley 2” during development. Microsoft says it will release major updates once per year, and this is the first major update Microsoft has released since the initial launch of Windows 11 in 2021. Major updates like 22H2 can take time to reach individual PCs. Microsoft has a slow rollout process and spends time testing updates on different hardware and software configurations to ensure they’re as bug-free as possible when Windows Update automatically downloads them. Let’s see what’s new in the latest version, how to check which version of Windows 11 you’re running, and how you can skip the wait and get the latest version of Windows 11 now—if your PC isn’t already … [Read more...] about What Is the Latest Version of Windows 11?
Tesla. Tesla plans to cut December output of the Model Y at its Shanghai plant by more than 20 percent from the previous month, two people with knowledge of electric vehicle maker's production plan said. The planned production cut comes after Tesla reported record sales in China for November. The Tesla representative replied "false news," without elaborating. The spokesman did not reply to Reuters questions about whether Tesla was denying any output reduction would take place or whether the move was linked to weaker demand. Tesla shares were down 2.1 percent in premarket trading in New York, off earlier lows after the company's statement. Read Also Tesla Model 3 prototype spotted ahead of expected redesign Elon Musk advises US President Joe Biden to just buy a Tesla Inventory l ev els at Tesla's Shanghai plant rose sharply after it completed an upgrade of the manufacturing facilities in the summer, with EV … [Read more...] about tesla: Tesla cuts output plan for Shanghai plant for December
For some years now, the tech industry has been transforming the automobile. We often hear that consumers, enamored with their new smartphones, want some of that same functionality in their new car. Less is said about investors who have grown rich from software companies that sell a product and then charge customers a subscription or fee to unlock certain features. They really do want that functionality in their car company investments, so the era of being offered paid upgrades to your car is here whether you want it or not. Today, Polestar announced a power upgrade for owners of the long-range, dual-motor Polestar 2 , whose two motors generated an equal 201 hp (150 kW) for a combined 402 hp (300 kW). That's more than sufficient to make the dual-motor Polestar 2 a quick car, befitting the new brand's stated identity of being focused on electric performance cars. The only problem is those electric Volvos that share the Polestar 2's CMA platform. Both the Volvo C40 and XC40 have … [Read more...] about Paying for a power boost in an EV—good idea or worst idea?