Friday night, The Table and Bleeping Computing Acer PC maker has been reported to have been hit by a ransomware attack on its back office network. According to information they saw posted on the dark web, the ransomware gang REvil is demanding $ 50 million to decrypt their computers and delete stolen data instead of releasing it.
Acer has not publicly admitted that an attack is taking place, only that it has reported “recent abusive situations” to law enforcement. If it needs an example of what to do then CD Projekt Red may be an example, after a publicly acknowledged ransomware attack that undermined plans to release new pieces for Cyberpunk 2077. The game’s developer is probably on its way to getting over that, as it was just posting a video showing off tweaks that will be part of the upcoming 1.2 patch.
While we wait to find out what happens next, don’t forget to take a moment and read through Karissa Bell’s look at the changes Twitter is making, 15 years in. By following new features that will change the way people can make money on and off its platform, Twitter is suddenly about “a lot more than just Tweets.”
– Richard Lawler
DJI’s Osmo Pocket gimbal camera dropped to $ 199.
Amazon that started over the weekend followed and saw prices fall on the latest Echo, Echo Show 5 and Echo Dot, among others. Apple’s MacBook Pro M1 fell to its lowest price yet thanks to coupons that were accompanied by retail prices, and the Apple Watch SE is still on sale for $ 259. Buy on a bunch of gear, including the latest Samsung smartphones, Surface tablets and OLED TVs.
Here are the best deals from the week you can still splurge today, and remember to follow @EngadgetDeals on Twitter for more updates.
Samsung A-series event and Google sleep tracking display
This week, Cherlynn and Devindra join senior mobile editor Chris Velazco to try to make sense of Samsung’s ‘Awesome Unpacked’ event. Not only did the company unveil new Galaxy A-series phones, but they also tried hard to move the ‘understanding’ of Gen Z lingo. We also take a look at Google ‘s new Nest Hub, which is a smart display that uses radar to tell when you’re asleep. Is that cool or creepy? Plus, updates from elsewhere on PC hardware with news from Intel, AMD and Alienware.
Check it out to the end of the section for interviews with the walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman on his upcoming Amazon animated series Invincible as well as Fede Alvarez, director of the upcoming Apple TV series Careers.
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You are an adult man, Elon.
Among Tesla’s SEC filings, it appears that Elon Musk has been given a new title, “Technoking of Tesla,” for some reason. The company’s CFO, Zach Kirkhorn, has a new position right out of it Game of Thrones: Master Coin. There may also be a node there for the recent Bitcoin errors of both Tesla and Musk itself. Last month, Tesla bought $ 1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin to help return “diversification and upgrades”. The news raised the price of Bitcoin even further, hitting an all-time high of more than $ 44,000.
File notes: “Elon and Zach will continue in their respective roles as Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer.”
This year’s main CPU is 14 percent faster while running ‘Flight Simulator’ in 1080p.
Intel has finally given us more details about the next family of desktop CPUs, codenamed Rocket Lake S. The fastest offering is the Core i9-11900K, an 8-core chip that reaches up to 5.3GHz on a single core. Notably, that’s two masts less than 10900K last year. Devindra Hardawar explains what performance Intel has been able to get from the aging 14nm process, and how that compares to the competition from AMD for gamers and professionals.
Record ‘full featured Lenovo Android … with Nook at its heart.’
Designed in collaboration with Lenovo, this Android device is powered by an octacore processor and has a 10.1-inch HD IPS display that seems to be smoothly tested on the eyes by dimming blue light. It also has 32GB of storage with the option to expand with a microSD card and can last up to 10 hours of web browsing on a single charge.
As you’d expect, the $ 130 slate has access to the Nook app for e-books, newspapers and magazines, Google Play and Google Assistant.
But wait, there’s more …
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