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26Jun/160

IRS kills e-filing PINs prematurely due to cyberattacks

The IRS was gearing up to kill e-file PINs later this year, but it has decided to speed up its plans after discovering suspicious activity. These electronic filing personal identification numbers, which people could use to authenticate tax returns filed online, are no longer available on IRS.gov or via the agency's toll-free phone number. If you'll recall, identity thieves used malware to steal taxpayers' info from other websites, which was then used to generate 100,000 PINs, back in February. The thieves were actually gunning for 464,000 PINs, but the agency was able to stop them before they got near that number.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/25/irs-kills-e-filing-pins/

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26Jun/160

Microsoft will stop making the Surface 3 in December

Microsoft's Surface 3 has been on the market for over a year with no successor in sight, but it now looks like the lower-cost Windows tablet is on its way out... well, eventually. The company has confirmed to ZDNet that it will stop producing the Surface 3 by the end of December, or more than a year and a half after it hit store shelves. As it stands, the company says that stock is "limited." You might not get the model you want at your preferred store, then.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/25/microsoft-halts-surface-3-production-in-december/

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26Jun/160

Philippines man charged with raiding US celebrities’ accounts

The perpetrators reportedly swiped the personal details of their victims (such as Social Security numbers) in order to get access to their bank accounts and credit cards. After that, they went to town with attempts to transfer money, go on virtual shopping sprees or take further control by changing account details.

Prosecutors haven't yet asked for Locsin to be extradited to the US. However, the penalties could be severe -- he faces up to 30 years in prison if he's convicted. Even if there's a lighter sentence, it'll be clear that stealing sensitive info (at least, from the wrong people) can carry a steep price.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/25/philippines-man-charged-with-raiding-us-celebrity-accounts/

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26Jun/160

Google live support app would share your Nexus phone’s screen

Buying a Nexus device straight from Google can be a little intimidating to newcomers. It's not as if you can visit a Google store or your carrier for help, after all. If an Android Police leak is accurate, however, you might not have to. The Android creator is reportedly working on a Google Support app that would offer live help somewhat akin to Amazon's Mayday. If needed, you'd have the option sharing your screen with a service agent -- they could walk you through changing a setting without having to guess what you're looking at. It's not certain what else is in store, but it's safe to say that chat would be part of the experience.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/25/google-live-nexus-support-app-leak/

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26Jun/160

Curiosity rover may sample Mars water

Scientists have already found hints of liquid water on Mars... now, they want to take a close look at it. NASA has revealed that the Curiosity rover will investigate recurring slope lineae (those streaks you see above) around Mars' Gale Crater in hopes of finding water. It'll first take a photo with its mast camera to verify that there's water in the first place. If there is, the machine will head over to collect samples. The agency would like to take those photos within a year, so you wouldn't have to wait too long to get answers.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/25/curiosity-rover-may-sample-mars-water/

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26Jun/160

Incipio just bought headphone maker Skullcandy

You probably don't see Incipio as more than the company who made your phone case or external battery pack. However, it's quietly becoming something of an accessory powerhouse: it owns brands like Braven and Incase. And now, it's getting even bigger. Incipio is paying $177 million to acquire Skullcandy, best known for its ostentatious (if not usually top-rated) headphones. The move not only gives it a dedicated headphone brand, but dips its toes into the waters of gaming gear thanks to Skullcandy's Astro Gaming badge.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/26/incipio-buys-skullcandy/

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25Jun/160

Oculus stops preventing VR games from working with HTC’s Vive

"I've only just tested this and I'm still in disbelief, but it looks like Oculus removed the headset check from the DRM in Oculus Runtime 1.5," a Revive developer wrote on GitHub. "As such I've reverted the DRM patch and removed all binaries from previous releases that contained the patch."

While console gamers are used to games being exclusive to certain hardware, that's new territory for PC gamers. It's hard to blame PC fans for getting annoyed, though -- even Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has said he doesn't want to lock games to the Rift. Given that the VR landscape is so young, it makes more sense to encourage cross-compatibility. Oculus came under fire at E3 for striking deals to land exclusive games, but today's update shows it's actually listening to its critics.

Oculus confirmed to Ars that it removed the headset in today's update, and it also added "we won't use hardware checks as part of DRM on PC in the future." Still, the company doesn't plan to give up entirely on copy protection. "We believe protecting developer content is critical to the long-term success of the VR industry, and we'll continue taking steps in the future to ensure that VR developers can keep investing in ground-breaking new VR content,"

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/24/oculus-stops-preventing-vr-games-from-working-with-htcs-vive/

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25Jun/160

The Mill’s shapeshifting Blackbird can mimic any car

Securing exotic, high-performance vehicles for a video shoot can be an expensive and arduous ordeal. Between dealing with availability of the vehicle, location, and filming, setting up the perfect shot for movies or commercials is extremely difficult. With the Blackbird, The Mill has made it possible to shoot automotive content without needing a specific vehicle.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/24/the-mills-shapeshifting-blackbird-can-mimic-any-car/

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25Jun/160

iPhone 7 will get a larger camera, according to spy shot (updated)

Another week, another iPhone 7 leak. (Hey, it rhymes!) Following the set of components allegedly showing dual-SIM support, up to 256GB of storage and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the next iPhone, Chinese repair shop Rock Fix is back with a photo of what it claims to be the 4.7-inch iPhone 7's rear casing. Most notably, there are fewer plastic antenna bands here, and the main camera is said to feature a larger CMOS sensor -- here's hoping this will offer larger pixel sites to boost light sensitivity. What's interesting is that contrary to WSJ's report earlier this week, Rock Fix pointed out that the headphone jack is here to stay on one of the two 4.7-inch variants, which would explain why we're seeing conflicting rumors about the headphone jack.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/25/iphone-7-spy-shot/

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25Jun/160

A $1,500 smart oven made me the perfect leg of lamb

Since last year, the team over at June have been perfecting the oven to cook foods beyond steak. Indeed, it can now recognize a selection of foods that include bagels, cookie dough, salmon, leg of lamb, asparagus and more. Indeed, we had a demo where we inserted a couple of bagel slices and as the oven recognized it, it instantly popped up a menu choice on how we wanted it toasted. And even if it doesn't know what it is, you can always enter in the temperature and cooking time yourself, just like a regular oven. It can roast, bake, broil, reheat meals and, of course, toast.

What sets the June apart is its smarts. For example, say you want to crisp up your chicken after it's done. You can set the oven to cook it to 165 degrees and when it hits that temp, the oven will automatically switch over to a high heat for a few minutes to give you that crispy skin. And since there's a camera, you can keep an eye on your food via an app on your smartphone. The app also works as a remote timer, letting you know just when the food is done.

That sounds pretty great, but the problem is that it's quite expensive. You can pre-order it now for $1,495, but it'll likely be close to $3,000 once it hits store shelves. If you do want to go all-in, though, you should get your very own intelligent oven by the holidays this year (hopefully just in time for pumpkin pie).

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/25/june-oven-meal/

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