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    iOS 15.1 brings delayed SharePlay feature to iPhones and iPads / ArsTechnica · Yesterday - 21:07

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Enlarge / The back of the iPhone 13. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Timed with the launch of macOS Monterey , Apple today pushed out new versions of iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 most notably add SharePlay, a flagship feature intended for iOS 15 that didn't make the annual release's launch last month.

SharePlay is Apple's word for a suite of features that allows consumption of content with other callers inside a FaceTime call, like watching synchronized streams of Apple TV+ shows and Apple Fitness+ workouts. There's also an API to allow third-party applications to offer the same features.

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    Tesla pulls Full Self-Driving update after sudden braking spooks drivers / ArsTechnica · Yesterday - 20:42

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Enlarge / The front view of Tesla's new Model 3 car on display is seen on Friday, January 26, 2018, at the Tesla store in Washington, DC. (credit: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images )

Tesla’s Full Self-Driving software lived up to its “beta” label this weekend.

On Saturday morning, CEO Elon Musk announced a delay for the 10.3 update after internal quality-assurance testers discovered that the new version performed worse at left turns at traffic lights than previous versions. Then, on Sunday afternoon, Musk said that Tesla would be “rolling back to 10.2 temporarily” after reports of sudden braking, false warnings, and other issues.

Several owners reported that their vehicles braked suddenly when the software mistakenly reported an imminent collision. Known as automatic emergency braking (or AEB), neither the feature nor its bugs are limited to Tesla—Mazda recalled some of its cars in 2019 for similar problems.

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    Viewing website HTML code is not illegal or “hacking,” prof. tells Missouri gov. / ArsTechnica · Yesterday - 20:09

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Enlarge / Cybersecurity professor Shaji Khan of University of Missouri–St. Louis. (credit: University of Missouri–St. Louis )

The cybersecurity professor who helped uncover the Missouri government's failure to protect teachers' Social Security numbers has demanded that the state cease its investigation into him and stop making "baseless accusations" that he committed a crime.

As we reported on October 14 , Missouri Gov. Mike Parson threatened to prosecute and seek civil damages from a St. Louis Post-Dispatch journalist who identified a security flaw that exposed the Social Security numbers of teachers and other school employees. The state is also investigating Shaji Khan, a cybersecurity professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis who helped the Post-Dispatch journalist verify the security vulnerability.

This is all happening despite the fact that the state government made teachers' Social Security numbers available in an unencrypted form in the HTML source code of a publicly accessible website. The governor's strategy of blaming those who discovered the flaw earned him widespread mockery on social media from people who are familiar with the standard "view source" function present in major web browsers.

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    Resident Evil 4 VR analysis: Use Sidequest to access what Facebook denies you / ArsTechnica · Yesterday - 19:44 · 1 minute

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Enlarge / This faked perspective of Resident Evil 4 's monsters coming at you implies that playing the new VR version will make your VR lenses crack. Ars Technica can verify that this is not actually the case—and even better, after applying some manual, "developer mode" toggles, the game is quite good. (credit: Capcom / Facebook)

After testing Thursday's virtual reality launch of Resident Evil 4 (RE4VR), which is currently an Oculus Quest exclusive, I found myself equally impressed and puzzled. As the roughly 4,000th port of RE4 since the game's original 2005 launch, this new version manages to establish itself as the action-horror classic's best version. It's absolutely the one new and old players should gravitate toward—even if it's missing a few crucial elements.

But as of press time, our recommendation comes with some asterisks, so this is both a review and a technical guide. Facebook may sell the Oculus Quest as a simple, "set-and-forget" path to VR, but in the case of RE4VR , I recommend going through some complicated steps to make the game far more playable on its target platform of the Quest 2—and explain the iffy method to unlock the game's compatibility with the Quest 1. It's not clear why Facebook, Capcom, and porting studio Armature didn't straighten all this out for average customers in the first place.

Investigating the Quest 1 restriction

For now, this version of Resident Evil 4 only works on Oculus Quest hardware and not on Windows PCs or PlayStation 4's VR mode. Capcom seems to love locking VR versions of its horror games to specific platforms, as the groundbreaking VR mode in 2017's Resident Evil 7 remains exclusive to PlayStation VR. (Seriously, Capcom? Five years later, and you still haven't ported that wonderful game to a more powerful VR system?)

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    Four revelations from the Facebook Papers / ArsTechnica · Yesterday - 19:05

Four revelations from the Facebook Papers

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Facebook is battling its gravest crisis since the Cambridge Analytica scandal after a whistleblower accusing the company of placing “profit over safety” shed light on its inner workings through thousands of pages of leaked memos.

The documents were disclosed to US regulators and provided to Congress in redacted form by Frances Haugen’s legal counsel. A consortium of news organisations, including the Financial Times, has obtained the redacted versions received by Congress.

Earlier this month, Haugen testified in Congress that the social media company does not do enough to ensure the safety of its 2.9 billion users, plays down the harm it can cause to society and has repeatedly misled investors and the public. The Wall Street Journal also ran a series of articles called the Facebook Files.

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    Apple TV+ releases trailer for South Korean sci-fi thriller Dr. Brain / ArsTechnica · Yesterday - 18:00 · 1 minute

Parasite star Lee Sun-kyun plays a brilliant brain surgeon who tries to sync his brain with the dead in Dr. Brain .

Fans of the Oscar-winning film Parasite will recognize the star of Dr. Brain , a new sci-fi thriller from Apple TV+. Lee Sun-kyun, who played Park Dong-Ik in Bong Joon-ho's film , plays a brilliant brain surgeon who seeks to find out the truth about the tragic accident that befell his wife and son.

This is the first Apple TV+ series filmed completely in Korean, and its release coincides with the official launch of the streaming service in South Korea. Written and directed by Kim Jee-woon ( A Tale of Two Sisters , I Saw the Devil ), the new six-episode live-action series is based on the popular Korean webtoon of the same name by Hongjacga. Most Americans are probably unfamiliar with the source material, but South Korean programming has proved to be quite popular in the US, as evidenced by Netflix series like zombie period drama Kingdom and this year's Squid Game . The latter is currently Netflix's most-watched series to date, reaching over 142 million households during its first month.

So it's no wonder that Apple TV wants to emulate that success with Dr. Brain . Per the official premise: "The series follows a brilliant brain scientist Sewon (Lee Sun-kyun) who suffers a horrific personal tragedy when his family falls victim to a mysterious accident. Desperate to uncover what happened, he goes to extraordinary lengths to solve the tragic mystery by conducting 'brain syncs' with the dead to access their memories for clues." The series also stars Lee You-young, Park Hee-soon, Seo Ji-hye, and Lee Jae-won.

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    “Uh, no”—Pfizer scientist denies Holmes’ claim that Pfizer endorsed Theranos tech / ArsTechnica · Yesterday - 17:18

Theranos founder and former CEO Elizabeth Holmes inside the Robert F. Peckham US Federal Court on June 28, 2019, in San Jose, Calif.

Enlarge / Theranos founder and former CEO Elizabeth Holmes inside the Robert F. Peckham US Federal Court on June 28, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes told Walgreens executives in an email that pharma giant Pfizer had completed its “own technical validation" of Theranos, jurors in Holmes' criminal trial heard Friday. As if to support that claim, Holmes attached a document titled “Pfizer Theranos System Validation Final Report,” which included a Pfizer logo.

But the document wasn’t the work of Pfizer’s scientists—it was from Theranos’ own staff.

Pfizer had investigated Theranos’ technology in 2008, but it ultimately concluded that the startup wasn’t worth investing in. “Theranos does not at this time have any diagnostic or clinical interest to Pfizer,” Shane Weber, former director of diagnostics at Pfizer, wrote in December 2008. He added that “no further financial investment or clinical sample resources [should] be extended to Theranos.”

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    macOS 12 Monterey: The Ars Technica review / ArsTechnica · Yesterday - 17:00

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Big Sur was a landmark release of macOS, in ways both technical and symbolic. It introduced a major new redesign, it was the first version of macOS to run on Apple's own in-house processors in addition to Intel's, and it was the first version of macOS in nearly 20 years to change the version number. Coming off that, this year's release was bound to feel a little small.

Welcome to Monterey, macOS version 12.0.

Monterey feels of a piece with maintenance-mode macOS updates like El Capitan or Sierra or High Sierra —change the default wallpaper, and in day-to-day use you can easily forget that you've upgraded from Big Sur at all. It's not that there aren't any new features here—it's just that improving any operating system as mature as macOS involves a lot of tinkering around the edges.

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