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2024-06-12 21:08:46| Engadget

Eight former SpaceX engineers filed a lawsuit against Elon Musk on Wednesday, accusing the CEO of sexual harassment and retaliation. The same group of fired employees have also filed complaints with the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) about SpaceXs alleged retaliation. Bloomberg first reported on the lawsuit. Musk knowingly and purposefully created an unwelcome hostile work environment based upon his conduct of interjecting into the workplace vile sexual photographs, memes, and commentary that demeaned women and/or the LGBTQ+ community, the eight former employees wrote in Wednesdays filing. The former SpaceX engineers said some of them were harassed by other co-workers who mimicked Musks posts, in an alleged example of mob bullying under the influence of their superiors behavior. The plaintiffs wrote that this created a wildly uncomfortable hostile work environment. The group worked together on an open letter in 2022, highlighting the Tesla founders allegedly problematic behavior. They say they were fired in retaliation for that essay. According to Bloomberg, the filing says the former SpaceX engineers have reason to believe Musk made the decision to fire them in retaliation for their letter. The complaint claims that when a SpaceX HR official suggested the company conduct a formal investigation before taking any decisive action, Musk replied, I dont care fire them. The engineers case with the NLRB has been held up by an appeals court injunction despite the board agreeing that SpaceX illegally retaliated against them. SpaceX sued the agency in January, calling its structure unconstitutional. The lawsuit follows a report on Tuesday detailing allegations that Musk had sexual relations with two female employees and asked a third to have his babies.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/elon-musk-sued-for-sexual-harassment-and-retaliation-by-former-spacex-engineers-190846047.html?src=rss

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2024-06-12 19:16:33| Engadget

Tile owner Life360 says a hacker obtained personal information on customers of the Bluetooth tracker brand. The details include names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and Tile device ID numbers. Life 360 CEO Chris Hulls said in a statement that the stolen data does not include credit card numbers, passwords, other login credentials, location data of Tile devices or government-issued ID numbers.  "Similar to many other companies, Life360 recently became the victim of a criminal extortion attempt," Hulls wrote. "We received emails from an unknown actor claiming to possess Tile customer information. We promptly initiated an investigation into the potential incident and detected unauthorized access to a Tile customer support platform (but not our Tile service platform)." Hulls added that Life360 believes the stolen data was limited to customer names, their physical and email addresses and device IDs. "We have taken and will continue to take steps designed to further protect our systems from bad actors, and we have reported this event and the extortion attempt to law enforcement," Hulls wrote. "We remain committed to keeping families safe online and in the real world." The attack appears to have gone beyond pinching user data, however. According to 404 Media, which first reported on the intrusion, the hacker was able to gain access to some of Tile's internal tools, including one used to process any location data requests submitted by law enforcement. The hacker says they used login credentials that apparently belonged to a former Tile employee to access the customer support systems (Tile said in a separate statement to 404 Media that it later deactivated these credentials). The information they obtained is also said to include order and return details along with the payment method used by the customers. They were also seemingly able to access tools that, for instance, allow Tile to transfer ownership of a Bluetooth tracker from one email address to another, create administrator accounts and send push notifications. The hacker told 404 Media that they didn't use these functions.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/a-hacker-obtained-tile-customers-personal-information-171632302.html?src=rss

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2024-06-12 18:45:18| Engadget

Jabra is exiting the consumer earbuds business. The move is shocking as it comes only a day after the company unveiled new models of its Elite earbuds. Peter Karlstromer, CEO of parent company GN, said the decision is part of our commitment to focus on attractive markets where we can deliver profitable growth and strong returns. The company will discontinue the Jabra Elite (consumer earbuds) and Talk (mono Bluetooth) product lines. In late 2023, it pivoted the Elite line towards the premium segment in a move designed to compete with industry heavyweights Apple, Sony and Bose. However, the company lamented that its target markets have changed over time. Its current assessment is that we cannot generate a fair return on investment compared to the many other opportunities we have within our Hearing, Enterprise, and Gaming businesses. Jabra will reduce the inventory of the to-be-discontinued products, and it expects to complete the wind-down by the end of the year. However, GN says it will service and support its devices for several years. Although a bit farther under the radar than obvious competitors like AirPods, Jabra made some high-quality audio gear. Engadgets audio expert Billy Steele called the 2021 Jabra Elite 3 the new standard for affordable wireless earbuds, as the company struck an alluring balance between quality and value. Now, whos pumped for the new Jabra Elite 10 and Elite 8 Active earbuds coming later this month?This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/jabra-says-its-exiting-the-consumer-headphones-business-a-day-after-launching-new-earbuds-164518215.html?src=rss

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2024-06-12 18:33:57| Engadget

It looks like the sun hasnt quite set on Finn, Jake, Marceline, Princess Bubblegum and the rest of the post-apocalyptic gang. The iconic cartoon Adventure Time is coming back in a big way, according to a report by Variety. Cartoon Network Studios is working on three new entries in the franchise, one movie and two TV shows. There are no plot details regarding the movie, which makes sense given the end of the show and those follow-up specials, but theres a bunch of talented people behind the scenes. Rebecca Sugar is back, who made many of the best episodes of the original run before creating Steven Universe. The same goes for Adam Muto, the showrunner throughout the latter half of the series, and Over the Garden Wall co-creator Patrick McHale. We dont have any release date or platform information for the movie, but itll likely stream on Max. Adventure Time: Side Quests is a kids' show that looks similar in theme to the early seasons of the OG series. It stars a younger Finn and Jake as they get their start in adventuring throughout the Land of Ooo. This wont be a heavily serialized show. Itll mostly be standalone episodes starring earlier versions of beloved characters, like The Ice King. Nate Cash, who was an animator on the original series, is attached to this one. "ADVENTURE TIME: HEYO BMO" is in development at Cartoon Network Studios. The first-ever #AdventureTime preschool series follows little BMO as he approaches each challenge he faces with his unique brand of enthusiasm and a curiosity to learn and fill his database. #AnnecyFestival pic.twitter.com/ifsOsNFbaz Animation on Max (@AnimationOnMax) June 12, 2024 Finally, theres Adventure Time: Heyo BMO. This show wont just be for kids, its being made for preschoolers. As the name indicates, it stars everyones favorite sentient portable gaming console, BMO. An early promotional still indicates that the animation will be some sort of riff on claymation. Adam Muto will also be involved with this project.  It looks like theres something here for everyone. The movie should please adults who grew up on the show. Side Quests is for kids, like the original Adventure Time was at first, and Heyo BMO is for preschool-aged children. Also, Max recently greenlit the alt-universe spinoff Fionna and Cake for a second season. The adventure truly will never end! For the record, Im here for it.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/adventure-time-is-coming-back-with-a-movie-and-two-spinoff-series-163357706.html?src=rss

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2024-06-12 18:15:21| Engadget

Summer nights are ideal for gathering around a fire pit but smoke in your eyes is less than fun. Solo Stove makes stainless steel numbers that minimize the smoke thanks to a double wall design that recirculates the air and reburns the particulate, resulting in less of it getting in your face and in your hair. If you've got an outdoor space that could use a little night time fire ambiance, now is a good time to get a Solo Stove as the company is hosting a sale on bundles of its more popular models. That includes the Ranger Essential Bundle for $210 instead of $320 (a $110 discount). The Ranger is billed as the portable model big enough for people to gather around, but at 15-inches across, you can easily take it with you on camping trips and the like. The bundle includes the stove ($230 at full price on its own) plus a stand to give the stove a little lift, an ash plate for easier cleanup, a lid to keep the rain out and a carry case to help with portability.  The bundle comes as part of a larger Father's Day sale, with discounts across the site, including a set based around the mid-sized, 19.5-inch Bonfire for $80 off at $340. The largest stove, the 30-inch diameter Canyon, is part of a bundle that's seeing the smallest discount, with $20 off to make it $820. Whichever size you go for, we think you'll enjoy the mostly smoke free experience and recommend it in our guide to outdoor gear. One of our favorite pizza ovens from that same guide, the Solo Pi dual fuel is also on sale, for $70 off the starter bundle (it's now $380).  Follow @EngadgetDeals on Twitter and subscribe to the Engadget Deals newsletter for the latest tech deals and buying advice.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/solo-stove-fire-pit-bundles-are-up-to-110-off-right-now-161521027.html?src=rss

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