New Mac ransomware is even more sinister than it appears

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The threat of ransomware may seem ubiquitous, but there haven’t been too many strains tailored specifically to infect Apple’s Mac computers since the first full-fledged Mac ransomware surfaced only four years ago. So when Dinesh Devadoss, a malware researcher at the firm K7 Lab, published findings on Tuesday about a new example of Mac ransomware, that fact alone was significant. It turns out, though, that the malware, which researchers are now calling ThiefQuest, gets more interesting from there. (Researchers originally dubbed it EvilQuest until they discovered the Steam game series of the same name.)

In addition to ransomware, ThiefQuest has

NASA’s most iconic building is 55 years old and just getting started

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Reddit says it’s fixing code in its iOS app that copied clipboard contents

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Reddit says it’s releasing a fix for a piece of code that copied contents from users’ clipboards. Users in a beta version of iOS 14, which sends an alert when an app tries to copy clipboard information, reported receiving the alerts with each keystroke in Reddit’s iOS app.

“We tracked this down to a codepath in the post composer that checks for URLs in the pasteboard and then suggests a post title based on the text contents of the URL,” a Reddit spokesperson wrote in an email to The Verge. “We do not store or send the pasteboard contents.

We traced Namco’s “new” Pac-Man demake to its source: A 2008 fan ROMhack

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This 2017 video of “Pac-Man CE for NES” bears a striking resemblance to a “new” demake Bandai Namco released on Switch last month.

Last month, Bandai Namco announced a special bonus for Switch players who invested in the new Namco Museum Archives Vol. 1. In addition to 10 emulated Namco classics, the game’s official Nintendo store page notes it includes “a newly created 8-bit demastered version of Pac-Man Championship Edition” (emphasis added).

That bonus game combines the gameplay of the 2007 Xbox 360 Championship Edition release with the graphics and sound effects of an NES title for a

LinkedIn says it will stop repeatedly copying iOS clipboard

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LinkedIn plans to stop its app from repeatedly copying the contents of an iOS device’s clipboard, after a user highlighted the seemingly privacy-invasive practice earlier this week. ZDNet reports that LinkedIn called the behavior a bug.

The app copies clipboard contents in order to perform an “equality check” between what a user is typing and what’s in their clipboard, according to LinkedIn engineering VP Erran Berger. Berger did not say why this check was necessary. “We don’t store or transmit the clipboard contents,” Berger wrote on Twitter.

The behavior was discovered thanks to a new privacy feature in iOS

Stellar deepfake thriller The Capture lands in USA thanks to NBC Peacock

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NBC Peacock, the 370th streaming service to debut in the past 12 months, will publicly launch on July 15 after an Xfinity-exclusive soft launch earlier this year. That means it’s time to review the service’s exclusive series—though in the case of The Capture, one of Peacock’s most captivating launch options, that “exclusivity” is regional.

Unlike Peacock offerings like Brave New World and Intelligence, The Capture is an import for American viewers, having already aired on the online-only BBC Three in autumn 2019. But it’s still decidedly current: a mystery thriller that revolves around deepfake technology and

Microsoft Surface Book 3 15-inch review: Still unique, still expensive

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Microsoft Surface Book 3 facing front on table

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

When I purchased a Surface Book 2 in November 2017, it was the most expensive thing I’d ever bought. It was an upgrade to my stolen Surface Book 1, which I’d picked up second-hand from a seller on Reddit. After using that first Surface Book, I was so into the laptop that I had to have the second generation. Ever since then, I’ve been waiting for Microsoft to update the line once again.

Now, Microsoft has finally released the Surface Book 3. But after so much time, is there enough new here to

Iron Man VR review: A sad, painful end to the PlayStation VR era

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Enlarge / This image of Iron Man VR‘s suit-customization interface was provided by SIE, but the actual PSVR experience doesn’t look as crisp. Scroll through the below gallery for more on that.

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Maybe it’s time for the virtual reality world to give up on the prospect of licensed superheroes.

The best game in the subgenre (faint praise) is 2016’s brief-and-cute Batman Arkham spinoff, which let early PlayStation VR users play with gadgets and do little else. The worst example is the 2018 Oculus exclusive Marvel Powers United, a dumbed-down, wave-based brawler with

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