How to buy Apple’s HomePod mini

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Apple announced its second smart speaker to date, the HomePod mini, during its hardware event in October. The device is now available for order for $99. Apple also opened up orders for the iPhone 12 mini and 12 Pro Max, and we’ve laid out all order deals for both phones in a separate article.

The HomePod mini is a smaller version of the original HomePod. It features a spherical design with one speaker, and retains the mesh fabric exterior and a small LED display on the top of the device. You can also pair two HomePod minis to use in

DNS cache poisoning, the Internet attack from 2008, is back from the dead

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In 2008, researcher Dan Kaminsky revealed one of the more severe Internet security threats ever: a weakness in the domain name system that made it possible for attackers to send users en masse to imposter sites instead of the real ones belonging to Google, Bank of America, or anyone else. With industrywide coordination, thousands of DNS providers around the world installed a fix that averted this doomsday scenario.

Now, Kaminsky’s DNS cache poisoning attack is back. Researchers on Wednesday presented a new technique that can once again cause DNS resolvers to return maliciously spoofed IP addresses instead of the site

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller review: Perfect

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Nintendo has produced some of the greatest and most iconic controllers over the past few decades. The original NES controller has become synonymous with gaming; the Nintendo GameCube controller is frequently heralded as the greatest of all-time; and the Nintendo Wii controller redefined what controllers look like and what they can do. That all being said, it should come as little surprise that the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is also a masterpiece.

In our Nintendo Switch Pro Controller review, we’re going to tell you why you should probably own several of these bad boys if you don’t already. We’ll also

Android Studio 4.1 – New features for devs

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Android development

Android Studio 4.1 made it onto the stable channel last month, bringing a number of useful new features for Android developers. There are some interesting inclusions this time around, so read on to see what you need to know!

Embedded emulator

One of the most interesting updates comes to the Android emulator, which is now built right into the IDE itself. In other words, the emulator no longer opens as a separate app but rather in a tool window. This is said to “save screen real-estate” for all us peasants working on sub 4K, 42” monitors.

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Implementing Material Design components and guidelines – Googlify your app!

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Material Design Google

Material Design is a design language created by Google to encourage developers to implement cohesive and attractive UIs. Material Design relies on a number of guiding principles, as well as specific building blocks called Material Design components.

This approach to UI is utilized across most of Google’s own apps and tools but is also found in many other Android apps and even websites.

If you are an Android developer, having at least a passing understanding of Material Design can go a long way to giving your app that professional sheen that resonates with users. Fortunately, it is now easier than

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