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Exclusive: The travel-friendly Sonos Roam is still on sale for a rare $37 off

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Welcome to the weekend! We’re kicking things off today with a rare deal on the superb Sonos Roam, which remains one of the best Bluetooth speakers we’ve ever tested. Regularly $179.99, you can currently buy it from Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Sonos for just $143.20, the speaker’s best price to date. That’s less than the typical cost of the cheaper Sonos Roam SL, which is essentially the same speaker but without the built-in microphone.

The pint-sized, portable speaker sounds great and comes equipped with a number of useful features, including support for Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple’s AirPlay 2. The Sonos speaker also integrates with the rest of the company’s ecosystem and comes with an IP67 dust and water resistance rating, which will come in handy when you’re lounging by the pool this summer. This rugged design also offers protection against drops — a plus if you intend to take the speaker out for a bike ride or anywhere it might encounter unwanted impacts. Admittedly, we do wish the battery life lasted longer than 10 hours, but one could argue that’s still plenty of time if you’re throwing a picnic at a park. Read our review.


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The Sonos Roam is a truly portable Sonos speaker with a rugged design that’s built to withstand the elements. It also features wireless charging and supports AirPlay 2, Alexa, and Google Assistant.

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On the market for an excellent Chromebook? Today you can buy the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 with an Intel Core i3-10110U chip, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of eMMC storage from Amazon, Best Buy, and Samsung for $549 instead of $699. You can also save $150 on the budget-friendly model with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage, and an Intel Celeron 5205U processor, which is currently on sale for $399 at both Best Buy and Samsung but is better suited for simpler tasks than the Core i3 model.

While these are not all-time lows, they’re certainly some of the better prices we’ve seen on the midrange Chromebook. The affordable laptop alternative is stunning, namely due to the vibrant design of the “fiesta red” model, which is sure to stand out no matter where you are. We weren’t fans of its plasticky feel, sure, but we did like the gorgeous QLED display, which makes colors look vivid and contrast levels more intense. The battery lasts nearly 7.5 hours as well, which is acceptable and better than its predecessor. Read our review.

Whether you’re working from home or flying out of town for summer vacation, owning a capable pair of noise-canceling earbuds can help you tune out the world so you can focus — or just relax. Unfortunately, a quality pair of noise-canceling earbuds can be expensive, which makes today’s discount on Apple’s AirPods Pro all the more welcome.

Right now, you can pick up the AirPods Pro with a MagSafe charging case for $174.99 instead of $249 at Amazon, Target, and Walmart. While that’s not an all-time low, this is their second-best price of the year. In addition to offering excellent active noise cancellation, the earbuds sport great sound quality, water resistance, a comfortable fit, and pair well with other Apple devices. They also support Apple’s spatial audio feature, which can make music and select shows sound more immersive. Read our review.

The Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook seen from the front on a tile counter. The screen displays a white castle surrounded by trees with mountains in the background.

The Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook looks good and works well, making it suitable for professionals and students alike.
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If the aforementioned Galaxy Chromebook 2 is outside your budget, you can still pick up Lenovo’s ThinkPad C13 Yoga for $249 instead of $599 when you apply promo code HOTDEALC13YOGA at checkout. The current discount — which is a part of Lenovo’s ongoing Father’s Day and graduation promotion — is available on the model with 4GB of memory, 32GB of eMMC storage, and an AMD Athlon Gold 3150C processor.

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We consider the convertible to be the best premium Chromebook you can buy, one with a solid, sturdy build that makes it look similar to Windows ThinkPads. It even shares the same aluminum design and tiny webcam shutter, making this an excellent Chromebook for professionals and students alike. However, be aware this particular model isn’t as powerful as the one we reviewed, and is better suited for browsing and basic, everyday tasks. We also weren’t a fan of its 16:9 screen, and thought the six-hour battery was somewhat disappointing for the price. Read our review.

The ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook in tent mode. The screen displays a grid of Android apps.

Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook

The Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook is a convertible, premium Chromebook with a solid, sturdy build that targets adults and professionals. Right now, Lenovo is selling the model with an AMD Athlon Gold 3150C processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage for $249 instead of $599 when you apply promo code HOTDEALC13YOGA at checkout.

Some more deals to start your weekend with

  • Need help finding a gift for Father’s Day? Amazon is currently discounting a few of its Echo devices, including the second-generation Echo Show 5. Right now, you can buy it for $49.99 instead of $84.99 at Amazon and Best Buy, which is $5 shy of its best price ever. The 5.5-inch smart speaker makes for a good alarm clock and, despite its size, manages to produce loud, robust sound. Read our review.
  • Speaking of good Father’s Day gifts, right now you can buy the Polaroid Go bundled with a double pack of film and an album for $139.99 from Polaroid, which is $10 less than if you were to buy each separately. The small instant camera takes tiny, vintage-style shots and is easy to use, but just note that it sometimes struggles to clearly capture photos in low light.
  • Sony’s recent Days of Play promotion is over, but you can still pick up Sony’s immersive DualSense Wireless Controller for the PlayStation 5 for $59.99 at Amazon and Best Buy, which is up to $15 cheaper than the controller’s typical list price, depending on the color.
  • If you’re in need of a streaming device, Google’s Chromecast with Google TV is on sale right now for $39.99 ($10 off) at Best Buy and Target, matching its best lowest to date. The excellent device supports 4K streaming, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos, but it really shines in the way it aggregates all of your content in a single place. Read our review.

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Exclusive: As avatars for metaverse applications grow in popularity, a look at Understanding Comics, a 30-year-old illustrated lecture considered an avatar design bible (Tim Bradshaw/Financial Times) – TalkOfNews.com

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As avatars for metaverse applications grow in popularity, a look at Understanding Comics, a 30-year-old illustrated lecture considered an avatar design bible  —  First published 30 years ago, Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics is the definitive comic book about comic books.


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Why it matters: As ransomware remains a prevalent security threat, an essential step in countering attackers is identifying their methods. Security researchers found that several of the most prolific groups share a significant proportion of their tactics, potentially making them more predictable.

A new report from security company Kaspersky reveals that eight of the most active ransomware gangs operate with very similar patterns. Analysis, digital forensics specialists, and other security workers could use these similarities to identify and fight these attackers more efficiently.

The report analyzes the tactics, techniques, and procedures of (TTP) of the ransomware groups Conti/Ryuk, Pysa, Clop (TA505), Hive, Lockbit 2.0, RagnarLocker, BlackByte, and BlackCat. VentureBeat notes that these eight gangs have attacked over 500 organizations in various industries in the US, the UK, and Germany in the last year. Kaspersky built an interesting chart listing dozens of steps in ransomware attacks and indicating which attackers undergo each step. None of them are unique to one group.

For instance, all the groups like to start by attacking external remote services, while only half also open with phishing. All the gangs tend to favor targets like Windows Management Instrumentation, command and scripting interpreters, application layer protocols, web protocols, signed binary execution, and others.

Common steps like preventing system recovery or encrypting the most impactful data seem obvious. However, some of the least prevalent tactics involve BITS jobs, lifting account credentials from password stores, or getting them from web browsers.

Early in June, a Foxconn facility in Mexico suffered an attack from Lockbit 2.0. Other recent ransomware victims include QNAP, Asustor, and Nvidia.

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Ruja Ignatova, the once-founder of OneCoin, is now on the FBI’s top 10 most wanted.
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Ruja Ignatova, who in the past dubbed herself the “Cryptoqueen,” is now sitting with a fancy crown in a new royal court: the FBI’s top 10 most wanted.

FBI officials and federal prosecutors announced Ignatova’s new designation in a press conference Thursday. Ignatova was charged in 2019 with wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering for her part in the OneCoin crypto company that prosecutors alleged was just a ponzi scheme.

Michael Driscoll, the FBI’s assistant director-in-charge for New York declined to answer Reuters’ questions whether they had any leads, but said Ignatova “left with a tremendous amount of cash,” adding, “money can buy a lot of friends.”

Ignatova was part of a Bulgaria-based crypto company called OneCoin. The company claimed they were performing a regular crypto mining operation—generating new tokens added to a blockchainand pumped out $3.78 billion in revenue from the end of 2014 to the middle of 2016. But despite the upward momentum, investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice reported that OneCoin’s value was rigged internally, that the coins were essentially worthless, and users could not even trace ownership of the coins. The DOJ alleged those at the head of the company made nearly $2.5 billion in profit that they squirreled away in company bank accounts.

Damian Williams, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, told reporters Ignatova capitalized “on the frenzied speculation of the early days of cryptocurrency.”

In an FBI-provided video of Ignatova speaking at a London company event dated June, 2016, Ignatova boasted about her two million active users, adding “no other cryptocurrency has as many users as we do,”

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Bloomberg reported that after Ignatov grew suspicious that the feds were onto her, she fled to Greece and then investigators lost track of her.

In 2019, the U.S. unsealed an indictment against Ignatov, charging her with the previously mentioned litany of financial crimes. That same year, Konstantin Ignatova, one of OneCoin’s founders and Ruja’s brother, was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Konstantin managed to get a plea deal, and though his sentencing was set for May 13, his attorneys adjourned the date for 90 days so he could further cooperate with authorities.

The Cryptoqueen has evaded police custody and remains at large to this day. So, the FBI says it’ll pay up to a $100,000 reward for any info that leads to an arrest.

In addition, U.S. prosecutors previously convicted former corporate lawyer Mark Scott of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to commit bank fraud for laundering around $400 million for the company. Ruja Ignatov testified against Scott at his trial. Scott is contesting his guilty verdict by claiming Ruja lied on the stand, according to Bloomberg.

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